I always said I love to travel, but I think what I love most about it is the excitement of going to a new place, staying a couple of days, and then getting that warm cozy feeling the minute you arrive home!
I must be honest this Realtor has been a little MIA these last couple of weeks due to the amount of traveling I have been doing. BUT, the real estate has not stopped! I have been traveling to some pretty great places lately. As I have been exploring and sitting on the plane, I have been thinking a lot the amount of times that people get told they have to relocate for certain reasonings. The biggest one - job relocation.
Whether you're moving across the country or across the state, leaving your familiar area can be so overwhelming in so many ways.
Here are my five pieces of advice for moving to a new city.
Start your Move off on the Right Foot:
It's can be a little overwhelming when you are trying to do everything you can to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. That being said, I highly recommend getting in touch with your local realtor who knows you. Explain to them what your looking for when you move to your city. They will be able to interview several relocation specialist / realtor in your new city and choice one they think will do the perfect job helping you settle in to your new home. Don't hesitate to use their resources, they will be able to take a load of stress off your shoulders.
Download Local Mobile Apps:
"Yup, there's an app for that." Be sure to do a little research ahead of time on the different kinds of apps you can use to help you navigate through your new city. Keep in mind, where do you like to eat? What kind of night life are you looking for? Will you need transportation? Is there an online grocery delivery service? Chances are any service your looking you can find right on your mobile phone.
Local Important Stores in your Neighborhood:
Prior to settling into your new home in a new city, I recommend exploring the neighborhood a little to find the your go-to pharmacy, gas station, coffee shop and grocery store. Take time to explore the important places.
Get to know your transportation options
If your moving to a city like New York, when in doubt, you'll probably either walk, take a taxi or the famous subway. Try all three and find which one works best for you. Get to know the subway system so you know how to make your daily commute to work. No matter where you are moving to, it is important to get familiar with freeways, bus transit lines, carpooling, and bike rides. I always say that driving around or walking around always help you get familiar with roads and different routes you can take.
Join Neighborhood Listservs:
A great way to familiarize yourself with your new city is by joining community listservs. A great app you can join for free is Nextdoor.com. It's a great way for neighbors to stay in communication with each other about what is taking place in and around the neighborhood. Also, another great and free way to get to know your neighbors is through a Facebook community group. Similar to Nextdoor where your neighbors chat and share their thoughts. Both sources have a great amount of information and can even help you find local professionals whenever needed, such as a painter or a electrician. What better way to learn about the neighborhood then from your local friendly neighbors.
Not Your Regular Realtor