How to Handle Your Move to a Different State
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Moving to a new state can be an enormous undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. By preparing ahead of time for the demands of the move, you can make the transition smooth. Check out these tips from Realtor George Woods for how to handle your move.
- Finding Your New Job and Maintaining Medical Care with an Online Doctor
Websites such as Indeed and Glassdoor have made it incredibly easy to find jobs in your field in the desired location, as well as to see how current and former employees of any companies you are interested in feel about the company. Simply filter opportunities down by location, industry, desired salary and qualifications to see the options that might be right for you.
Because you are moving to a new state, it’s likely you’ll have your interview for your new job over a video call program such as Skype. Prepare for this interview much in the same way you would a typical interview, but check your technology ahead of time to ensure that it’s up-to-date and functional and Cultivitae suggests cleaning up your background so it demonstrates your professional quality.
For some, a new state may mean an opportunity for a new business. Begin by creating your business plan, a detailed document that helps guide you as you establish your new business. Be sure to include information about how the company will be organized, market analysis, financial projections and more. You can peruse example business plans on their website to give you an idea of how to format your own.
Also, you need to avoid having a lapse in your medical care during and soon after your move. Fortunately, thanks to the advent of telemedicine, you’re able to access an online doctor for consultation and for prescription refills. When you discuss your medical situation with a board-certified doctor remotely, simply make an online doctor appointment, which can be done the same day, then speak with a doctor for ongoing care. Most major insurance providers cover this service, assuring that you’ll receive care during and after your move.
- Securing Housing
Once you know where you’ll be working, finding a home for you and your family becomes paramount. Speak to others at your company for suggestions about which neighborhoods are best or research independently using tools such as Niche to give you information about crime rates, school quality, diversity and more. Connect with local realtors who can help navigate you through home buying. Because you may not be able to visit the home in person, having a relationship with a quality real estate agent like George Woods can help you work across state lines to get you the home you want at the price you desire.
Regardless of what state you’re in, the process of purchasing a new home will be similar. If time allows, prepare your finances to get you a better rate before you begin applying with mortgage companies by paying off debt that may make your debt-to-income ratio high. To apply for mortgage preapproval, Credit Karma points out that you’ll need documentation that establishes your income, tax history, job history and more.
- Simplifying Moving
With a new job, home and state, you’ll have enough on your hands. Invest in professional movers to manage the logistics of your move. Full-service movers can handle everything from packing your belongings and breaking down furniture to transporting it across states, unpacking it and setting it up. It’ll also allow you to decide on a firm schedule that can make the transition easier than it would be if you were managing all the moving tasks yourself.
- Preparing for Expenses
The cost of living can vary widely not just between states but between areas within those states. In Virginia, for example, the cost of living is just slightly higher than the national average, with grocery expenses, utilities and transportation all falling below average. Larger cities in the state may have higher costs, though, particularly when it comes to housing.
Make your move a painless one by lining up a job ahead of time, using an online doctor, securing housing, and using professional movers. Prepare ahead of time and get the help of professionals who can make your dream of an easy move into a new home a reality.
Realtor George Woods and the George Woods Home Selling Team provides top-notch real estate services with a focus on ethics, values and exceptional client care. Team up with George Woods today! (717) 324-2500
Article provided by: Suzie Wilson