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Tips for Relocating

Friday, August 13, 2021   /   by Hans Suhr

Tips for Relocating

With advances in technology, changing work cultures, and the freedom to work remotely, we’re no longer chained to a desk, office space, or even a city! This means many people are relocating to new places that better suit their new work/life balance and are putting down roots in communities that fit their families better. People relocate for many reasons, and whatever the reason is, moving can be stressful. Here are some things to consider if you are planning to relocate.


Find a place that fits your personality


Consider whether you want to live in a larger city or a smaller community. Make a list of your needs from your new location. Are there lots of job prospects in your new city? Are there great schools for your kids? Do you love outdoor activities? Is there an existing community that you can be a part of? Find out what these activities look like in your new city. 


It’s also important to factor in whether you have friends or family already located there. Having a support system in a new city can make a big difference. 


Is the cost of living sustainable?


Check out the cost of living in your new city. If a larger city seems more expensive, perhaps there is a smaller community outside of it that is less expensive but still close enough to those larger amenities. 


What neighborhood matches your lifestyle?


Once you’ve decided on an overall location, then it’s time to start exploring neighborhoods that fit in your budget and lifestyle. Do you want to be close to restaurants and shops? Or are you seeking a more rural and quiet home? Talking to a trusted realtor can help you navigate exploring new neighborhoods and what ones might suit your needs. 


Transportation


Consider how you wish to get around. Do you have a car, or would you prefer to use public transit or bike? When searching for a new home you can check out the walkability score to see how easily you can walk to your local amenities. If you enjoy biking, then maybe being near a local bike path is ideal. 


What will the moving process be like?


If you are relocating for a job, make sure to move with enough time to settle in and get ready. When relocating, it’s often a good idea to reduce the number of things you need to move. Any old or broken furniture, now is a good time to get rid of it before paying to move it. Sell items, donate, or give it away. Now you must decide how you’re going to transport what you are keeping. Moving trucks are a great way to keep track of your belongings, but fees for one-way trips can be expensive, and you’ll need to invest the time for a drive (it’s not for everyone). Hiring full-service movers is also an option, and while this reduces the hassle, it’s a more expensive option. Portable moving containers are also popular, as they tend to be less expensive than professional moving companies, and incredibly convenient.


If you are considering relocating to Central Vancouver Island and want to learn more about what Vancouver Island has to offer, then connect with me! I’m here to answer your questions and am happy to provide recommendations for your big move.