Whether it's down the street or across the country, relocating is never easy. You may be moving for a job or a lifestyle change - but either way, we would love to assist you!
If your relocation is job-related, your company may have offered you a relocation package. In most circumstances, in order to take advantage of the offer (which may cover your moving expenses and other perks) you must work with your firm's relocation company. Your relocation coordinator will refer you to an approved real estate agent, but know that you are entitled to work with any agent you choose. REILLY, REALTORS® and our agents are already approved by most relocation companies and we are happy to do the legwork to get approved by yours if needed. Our goal is to assist you with your real estate needs - no matter the reason for your move!
Now that that's out of the way, check out the following tips to make your move easier. Happy moving, and please let us know how we can assist you!
1. Visit and research. - Hopefully you already have an idea of where you want to move, but it's a good idea to go there at least once or research to get a general idea of the area. What's the job market like? Do you know anyone there? Where are the best places to eat? What's traffic typically like at different times of the day? What do people do for fun? These are all important questions that will determine what your lifestyle will be like once you move.
2. Get rid of what you don't need! - Okay, easier said than done. But we are absolutely all guilty of hoarding something that we don't use or haven't even seen in months or years. Seriously consider what you can live without, and put aside things to get rid of or donate. Go through clothes, books, that storage in the basement you never touch - you're sure to find something that doesn't need to come with you.
3. Pack in advance! - There's nothing quite like seeing your moving date come closer and closer on the calendar and realizing you still haven't packed up that one room. If you know when you plan to leave, plan a day to start packing, too. And don't stop there - set goals for yourself. When will you have everything in the kitchen packed? Will you save the bedroom for last, or the bathroom? If you organize and keep yourself on task, packing can be a breeze.
4. Label and organize. - You'll thank yourself for this later. When you're done packing and have a lot of boxes that all look the same, it's useful to be able to tell what's in them. Label each box before or right after it's packed. It doesn't have to be super descriptive, but if you won't remember what's in the box labeled "my stuff" then you should probably call it something different. When you're packing up the car or moving truck, put everything you'll need right away in last - that way it's the first to be unpacked.
5. Pack a travel bag. - No matter how long it's going to take to get to your new location, it's always a good idea to have the necessities right within reach. Changes of clothes, toiletries, medications, chargers for your electronics - things that you will need on a daily basis - should be in a separate bag so you don't have to dig through boxes when you need to brush your teeth or charge your phone.
Looking to relocate to Austin? Contact us today for information and expert advice about Austin real estate.