Ready to Relocate? Part 1: First Steps

This post will be the first of a series on ways to prepare for a relocation. Whether you’re being uprooted for work, family or any other reason, let us be your “go-to” on facilitating the whole process! We’ll begin by breaking up relocation into a timeline week-by-week, with some very general suggestions that will make each step feel less overwhelming. The first topics we’ll address are the Research Process, and Finding Your New Community.

 

Research

Completing this first step properly is integral. Luckily, in this day and age, there is an endless amount of information at your finger tips. Even if your relocation is to a specifically assigned area, these tips will still apply. Here are a few ways to structure your research process:

 

  1. Set parameters

Think of the things on which you absolutely won’t compromise. Think—school districts, taxes, amenities, commute, etc. Sometimes those things come with a different price tag than we expect, so make sure to formulate the most accurate budget possible when taking these factors into consideration. Consulting with an expert on the area to find out what is right for you is a great place to start, and will help narrow down your options to find the perfect new home.

 

  1. Pretend You’re a Local

Learn as much as possible through immersion, especially if you’re not at the “visiting stage” yet. Join local Facebook pages and online forums for information on upcoming news and events. For a more authentic community feel, talk to as many people from the area as you can while they’re just out and about. Let them know you’re thinking of moving there, and they’ll be likely to tell you honestly about their experiences. Government and Chamber of Commerce sites can also be a great resource.

 

  1. Get to Know the Finer Points

Do your due diligence, so-to-speak, when it comes to restaurants, grocery stores, area attractions, etc. You may find a community you thought was perfect is nowhere near a store you can’t live without! Also check the weather. This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s amazing how the climate can change within a few miles, let alone a cross-country move. The Weather Channel online offers great 60-second forecasts and year-round weather data for almost anywhere you can think of!       

Finding Your Neighborhood

So you’ve done your research, talked to an expert, and you’ve found the general area you’ll be moving to. The next step is narrowing down a neighborhood that meets the criteria of what you researched above!

 

  1. Visit, Visit, Visit!

If possible, try to get there in person, but online virtual tours work too! When you’re visiting take a look around for things you’ve liked and disliked about past neighborhoods you’ve been in. Do you admire pristine landscaping? Are you keen on peace and quiet? Does on-street parking really set you off? Keep an eye out for the details important to you, because chances are if they are not up-to-par when you’re visiting on a random afternoon, they rarely will be. If you can’t make the trip in person, Google Maps “Street View” is a great way to pre-explore your destination.

 

  1. The Info Search Continues

Your initial research should have given you a good idea of what the general region is like, but to find a specific house that will meet all of your specifications you’ll want to dig a little deeper. Use sites like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc. to refine your searches by number of rooms, yard space, etc. Make sure to take into account exact distances from local highways, hospitals, work, school and other important locations. Even the smallest extra mileage can really add up if you take frequent trips, so monitoring traffic patterns can be very helpful. Take the time to do this and you’ll be led to something wonderful!

 

  1. Stay Organized

It can’t hurt to keep all of your new home data in a spreadsheet or some type of journal. Seeing side-by-side comparisons of all your “candidates” will not only help speed up your decision process, but it will ensure that you’re not leaving any options out.

 

Still have questions and concerns about your relocation process? Let us know what you’d like to learn about. Stay tuned for more posts on settling into your new home, becoming active in your community, relocation success stories, and more!




No Mess, No Stress: 5 Clever & Practical Home Hacks for Any Daily Disaster

So you’ve just moved into your new home…you are surrounded by boxes and feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s an exciting time to start fresh, but then you remember all the people asking if you’re stressed about the “big move” and now you know why. Don’t let the chaos of moving get you down! These easy home hacks will make organizing, cleaning and settling into your home feel like a breeze!

 

  1. The REAL Purpose of Plastic Bread Ties

Use these babies as an easy labelling system for anything and everything you will inevitably have plugged into one huge power strip while you try out different set-ups in each room. Never have an emotional breakdown untangling cords again!

 

  1. Bugs BEWARE

If you are anything like me (and most women in America) you barely want to squish a bug, let alone dispose of it after the deed is done. To avoid having even making eye contact with any pest you come across while carefully placing the aforementioned power strip in the corner, use a lint roller! *rolls, squishes, throws away entire lint roller*

Don’t be this guy.

 

  1. Dish Disasters

Okay so while you were fending off that horrible bug, maybe you let dinner sit on the stove just a tad too long…now after that traumatizing insect experience, you’re also left with a burnt-on mess on your brand new cookware. Yikes! Don’t worry, this can be fixed. Take it from the girl who could burn water. Just fill whatever charred vessel you’re dealing with and fill it with warm water, some dish soap and a dryer sheet. In 20-30 minutes the pan will look as good as new, without all that extra soaking and scrubbing and crying!

 

  1. Watch the Wood!

While you were pining over that beautiful pan, perhaps you set it down on your beautiful wooden dining table while it was still wet. Just when you thought your troubles had ended, you’re left with an enormous pan-shaped water ring, right where your mother-in-law likes to sit. Have no fear, white ring remover is a real thing! For immediate ring removal, try this!

 

 

  1. It’s Crystal Clear

It’s been a stressful day. At least you have your gorgeous spa-quality bathroom to retreat to when you want to unwind. Disoriented after all the bustle of the day, you accidentally walk straight into your glass shower door, leaving a perfectly-formed smudge print of your face. You try everything you know to get it off, but the door, once pristine and crystal clear, is now left streaky and clouded. You use what’s left of your energy to walk over to your wet-bar to try to take the edge off—but don’t reach for that bottle just yet, unless it’s Barkeeper’s Friend! The ceramic/glass cooktop cleaner works wonders on glass shower doors!

 

 

Do you have any hacks that keep your home running like a well-oiled machine? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a comment below!