How to Make Moving to a New State Much Easier

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Moving to a new state is a real adventure, but it also may bring unexpected challenges. While the internet has reduced regional cultural distinctions, they certainly still exist, and the laws and housing markets can be wildly different. Plus, if the move involves a considerable distance, it usually must be done in one shot, leaving little room for error.

The distance factor and regional variances justify putting in extra effort in advance. Rents and home prices are increasing around the country, and some states offer so many benefits, a United Van Lines study showed they’re being swarmed with new residents. Fortunately, good planning isn’t just helpful; it can add to the excitement, and the task can be made much less stressful by following a few simple tips, presented here by Alyssa Strickland of Thanks Alyssa!

Research New Areas

Ideally, you’re going to visit where you’re headed before you move. Whether or not you can do so, every bit of research you can do is invaluable. Spend time wandering through prospective areas in Google Street View or even chatting online with people who live there. Plus, it’s fun — like being an explorer without leaving your living room. Your research should be both general and specific to areas you’re considering and include local:  

•       Property values and their history

•       Crime rates

•       Schools

•       Culture and amenities

•       Work opportunities

Plan Your Move Carefully Using Professional Movers and Online Doctors

Planning for the move is exciting; making the move is stressful. Moving a long distance is easier and safer if you use a full-service moving company, but it typically comes with a high price. A good rule of thumb when moving out of state is that if your budget can afford professional movers, you probably should do that, but Shyft notes that around 1 million movers choose the DIY approach every year. Just be aware that huge rental trucks are difficult and risky to drive, especially if you tow a car.

You’ll also want to plan forward so your medical needs are met during and shortly after the move. Finding a primary care provider or specialist may not be feasible during this time of transition, which is where an online doctor comes in. You can remotely access a board-certified physician by easily making an appointment, which can be done the same day. Most major insurance providers cover this service, assuring that you’ll receive care during your move.

Research the Housing Market

If you expect to stay in your new home at least five years, it’s probably better to purchase it instead of renting. You should do your own research, but unless you’re an expert in buying real estate, look for full-service real estate professionals like Christine McCarron to guide you.

Compare Cost of Living

Some popular states are still surprisingly affordable. Although the overall cost of living in Massachusetts is higher than the national average, the costs for some living expenses like healthcare, transportation and utilities are nearly in line with the rest of the nation.

However, the time to move is now, since tracking data shows Boston rents are at an all-time high according to Boston Agent Magazine.

Ditch Your Employer

Employment is becoming an archaic concept. If you’re ready to be your own boss, you must do your homework! You’ll need a concrete, well-developed business plan that identifies a specific marketable need that’s not filled, money to fund your business, and a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations for your chosen industry.

Once your plan is ready, be prepared to adapt it to changing circumstances as you start up. If you get stuck at any point along the way, you can consult with a business formation service or consultant like SCORE to learn how to start a business. These types of formation services can help free up your time by filing all the documents you need with the state. When you’re trying to get your business off the ground, having some help with paperwork is a game changer.

If you’re well-prepared, moving to a new state can go relatively smoothly. Using professional movers, real estate agents, and online doctors can substantially reduce your risks, but ultimately, it’s your own planning that’ll make the biggest difference.

If you’re buying or selling a home in the Boston area, real estate agent Christine McCarron of RE/MAX Unlimited is your go-to resource! Team up with Christine today! 617.999.2447

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