If you’re going to be relocating to Orlando, congratulations, because this is one of the best places on the Florida peninsula. While it’s known primarily for its many theme parks, it’s also a great place to live, with super-mild winters, and boasts a very strong local economy.
You’ll no doubt feel at least some anxiety, and, want to do what you can to make the transition as smooth as possible. In such a situation, that won’t necessarily be easy because you’ll have so much to do to prepare, and also, once you arrive. What’s more, you might be selling your current home long distance.
Tips to Make Relocating Easier
The good news about it is it’s generally an exciting time and one that means starting a new chapter in your life. The better news is, you’re moving to a real estate market with a lot to offer. With interest rates still quite low, new credit scoring models, loosened lending standards, and various loan products available, which makes buying a home will a great idea.
“Much of moving related stress comes from managing all of the logistics, like leaving your current home, and finding a new one. Try to be very organized. Keep to-do lists for both your departure and arrival locations so that you can stay on top of everything.” —Forbes
You’ll be able to lock-in a low rate, saving thousands over the life of the loan, and, own a home where it will enjoy healthy appreciation. You’ve just got to get through the move, so, here are a few helpful tips to make relocating easier:
- Learn as much as possible about the area early on. Start doing your research as soon as you are able and learn about things like nearby shopping, dining, schools, gyms, and whatever is a part of your day-to-day life. It’s also a good idea to buy new construction, or, to buy a home that’s in a good neighborhood. For the best investment, buy a home that’s in the midrange value of the other homes on the block. Remember, you’re ultimately buying into the neighborhood.
- Start getting organized when you know you’re relocating. Lighten your load as much as you can by hosting a yard sale, donating, and giving items away. The more you can offload, the better because it means less packing and unpacking, and, less weight, which can help to reduce moving costs.
- Get at least three moving estimates and read each carefully. Speaking of moving, you ought to get at least three estimates from reliable, professional services and read each one carefully. Movers charge in different ways and you’ll want to pick the one that’s the best fit for your needs. You can also cut-down moving costs by putting what you can in your own vehicle, particularly valuables, such as jewelry.
- Learn how much time you have to transfer licenses. Your license plate, driver’s license, car insurance, homestead exemption, and more, all have deadlines. Be sure to transfer these very soon after you arrive.
- Ask your employer for financial assistance and time off. If you’re employer is paying or reimbursing you for moving expenses, that’s great. If not, you can still make a request for at least a partial reimbursement. You’ll also need a few days to get things in order after you’ve made the move.
You should schedule the utilities to be connected the day you arrive. In addition, remember to have your mail permanently forwarded and to change your address on your all your policies, and any banking and investment accounts you might have open.