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5 Relocation Tips

Friday, July 16, 2021   /   by Greg Langhaim

5 Relocation Tips

Relocating to a new state, or even city, can feel like an incredibly daunting task. There is a lot that has to be done in order to uproot your life and set out on a new adventure, but there is also so much reward in doing so. In this blog post, I will be sharing my top five tips for a successful and smooth relocation process. 

1. Take multiple trips to the area


It’s obviously important to familiarize yourself with a new place before taking the leap to relocate. A lot of times, the idea we have in our head of a city or state can be really different than it actually is. Prior to moving to Idaho, I had envisioned it as a very rural state with cows all over the place, farmland, etc. While you can definitely find that here, there are plenty of very urbanized areas such as Boise and the surrounding cities. By visiting an area multiple times, you will find what you like and don’t like. When visiting, be sure to ask yourself questions and explore all that there is to offer. 

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2. Establish a relocation timeline


There is a lot that needs to be done in order to relocate, which can feel overwhelming. Having so many tasks that need to get done can lead to confusion when there is a lack of organization. With this in mind, I think it can be helpful to set up deadlines as to when you want certain things to be done. This timeline can of course be flexible, and likely will change depending on a variety of factors. However, by having a list of things that need to get done and a retrospective timeline of when you want tasks completed, the entire process of relocating will go by much more smoothly. There are plenty of online resources, pre-made lists/timelines that you can utilize to make the planning easier, so be sure to check those out. 

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3. Explore different areas


One of the many things I really love about Boise is how many unique areas there are with totally different things to offer. This is why exploring different neighborhoods and areas is a good idea. Whether you are looking for new-builds, established suburban homes, or older, historic homes, there really is something for everyone. Having so many different options is a great thing and I always think it’s a good idea to equally explore these options. There also may be certain amenities you want in a neighborhood, such as a community pool, gym, or walking trails. Making sure you love the area you are going to live in is so important, so once again, be sure to explore, ask questions, and of course reach out to your realtor, we are here to help!

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4. Research and plan accordingly


Essentially, all the tips on this list circle back to the most important aspect of relocating, which is to do your research. You will likely be living in this new location for the next several years to come, so you want to make sure you have all the information necessary to make the right choices for you and your family. In addition to searching different neighborhoods and homes, be sure to also look into school districts, educational opportunities, and job prospects. Then, it’s time to do some planning. You may want to consider planning a relocation budget, or a timeline as mentioned above. Make lists, spreadsheets, notes, and whatever else will help you to stay organized and be successful. 

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5. Utilize your realtor


Although some aspects of relocating can seem complicated or overwhelming, it is all much easier with the help of a good realtor. They are there to help you, so be sure to utilize them to their full abilities. Ask your realtor questions when you are unsure about something, seek out their advice, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

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To those of you who are looking into relocating, I hope you found this list helpful, and I wish you the best of luck in your journey ahead. If you have any questions about relocating to the Boise area or anything real estate related, please don’t hesitate to reach out to greg@greglanghaim.com.