Maybe you’ve gotten a new job or maybe you’re just looking to relocate and now you’re hitting the road to move to a brand new state. As if buying a home wasn’t complicated enough, now you have to try and do it all from miles and miles away and prepare yourself to enter brand new territory. It won’t be a quick or simple process, but there are things you can do to make sure it goes smoothly.
- Seek Professional Help. This isn’t a process you’re going to want to try and do by yourself. Relying on a trustworthy real estate agent to be your eyes and ears as well as your guide to where the market is and how it works. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get referrals, so be sure to carefully review agent’s websites and reviews to help you choose who to partner with on your quest.
- Be Online and Be Available. Thanks to the internet, buying a house out of state has become much easier over the past few years, but only if it’s used well. Find websites that will provide a good sense of a home’s neighborhood as well as of the home itself. The internet can also allow your agent or the listing agent to do a live video walkthrough of the house, and possibly the neighborhood, with you if you won’t be able to go and actually see the house before moving day. Plus, if your agent will be working for you in this new state, you’ll need to be available to reach at all times just in case.
- Research Taxes and Real Estate Law. Unfortunately, most every financial and legal aspect of home buying varies by state, so it’s important that you do your research. Talk to a local accountant and real estate attorney in order to understand the local tax practices before you make an offer. This is one of those things that you can’t breeze through as it could get you in a good amount of trouble later on, so get referrals from your real estate agent and ask extensive questions until you understand what it is you’ll be living with.
- Schedule Inspections. It is always recommended that homebuyers order an inspection for their potential home, but it’s absolutely vital if you’re buying a home out of state. It’s important to know about any major issues with the home ahead of time so that you don’t find yourself stuck in a new state with a broken heat system and a painful amount of repair costs. Again, ask your real estate agent for a referral and see if you can interview a few before choosing someone to scope the place out.
- Stay Organized. There’s going to be a lot going on and you don’t want to overwhelm yourself as you work to put everything in motion. Write out a schedule for your moving process. Start at your moving date and work backwards adding all the little things you have to get done before that day. Include days to pack and paperwork deadlines and do your best to follow it. Lists can also be a very helpful tool to keep you organized. To-do lists, lists of moving supplies, and lists of things you need to buy once you get to your new home can all help to keep your head clear and eliminate some of the stress that comes with moving out of state.
- Prepare to Pack. With a long distance move, you probably won’t be able to move everything you own and you’ll probably have to minimize the amount of large items being transported. Decide what’s worth transporting and what you’d be ok to lose and hold a yard sale or try to sell some of your stuff online before moving to free up some moving space and make a little extra money. Make sure you have plenty of boxes to pack everything and that you reserve the moving company or rental van well in advance so that you don’t run into any issues.