With this changing market and end-of-school-year corporate re-alignments just around the corner, relocation is a topic that is top of mind for many. Relocating with your family can be a challenging experience – especially if you are moving to a new city/state. From finding a home in a desirable location to adapting to a new environment and settling into a new community and school system, there are several factors to consider. If you or someone you know is planning a move in the coming months, here are some expert tips to make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.
Choose the Right Neighborhood
Phoenix is a sprawling city with many different neighborhoods, each with its own unique vibe and character. Before you start looking for a new home, it’s important to research different neighborhoods and determine which areas would be the best fit for your family’s current lifestyle and needs. Consider factors such as proximity to schools, parks, shopping centers, restaurants, and your place of work. Also, think about whether you prefer a gated or non-gated community, accessibility to golf courses, community centers, and walking trails within the community.
Work with a Local Seasoned Real Estate Agent
Working with a local real estate agent can be a huge asset when relocating to a new city or even a new subdivision within the same city. They will have extensive knowledge of the area, including the real estate market and different neighborhoods. They can help you find the right home in the right location, negotiate the best deal, and guide you through the home-buying process. A local agent should also know what is coming to that area and things that could help your home appreciate over time.
Get Involved in the Community
One of the best ways to settle into a new city or neighborhood is to get involved in the local community. Phoenix has many different community organizations that can help you meet new people and get to know the area. Consider joining a local sports team, volunteering at a local charity, joining a nearby gym, or attending community events like farmers’ markets and outdoor concerts. Talking to the neighbors, driving by an area and/or specific home at different times of the day, and eating at restaurants located within your neighborhood can also help you get a better sense of your new/potential surroundings.
Consider Your Commute
Phoenix is a city that has seen significant growth over the past five years, and continues to be an attractive destination for those looking for a new home. Therefore, traffic can be a significant factor in your daily routine. If you will be driving, consider things like proximity to work and other family activities, traffic patterns, and parking availability.
In conclusion, relocating to a new city or subdivision can be a complex process, but with the right real estate agent, planning and preparation, you can make the transition smoother for you and your family. As I always say, “your real estate agent’s main goal should be finding you the perfect place to call home.”