Moving to a new state? Amidst the overflowing packing boxes, unending list of responsibilities, and house particulars to figure out, you might be starting to stress out a little. And we won’t sugarcoat it; there is a lot to do. But at Porter Real Estate, we believe it can all be managed with a bit of planning. Here’s how to go about your move.


Budget For Your Moving


Moving is expensive, and the costs can really add up. If you’re moving for work, you may have a relocation budget at your disposal. If not, try to budget for all the potential costs that may come up. This includes buying or selling your home, putting down a security deposit, truck rentals, plane tickets, temporary storage, and unexpected costs. 


You should also be budgeting, keeping in mind cost information specific to your new state. Do some research on how much things like groceries, rent, schooling, going out, and more will cost in your new area. Once you add everything up, you should have a good idea of your total expenses for the next few months. According to Bob Vila, the average national move costs $1,250, with long distance moves being even more expensive. And, of course, the size of your home and amount of stuff will be a factor. Keep in mind that local movers generally charge between $25 and $50 per hour, so be realistic about what will need to be packed and how long that might take professionals.


Another expense may be for a temporary storage unit. If you'll be moving but have items you aren't ready to get rid of, you can put them in storage in and around Fort Collins until you decide what to do. 


Purchasing A Home


Choosing a new home when unfamiliar with the context and neighborhoods is tricky. Try to get the lay of the land before you make your purchasing decision, if possible. You can do this by visiting your new area before the move or asking locals about the pros and cons of the local neighborhoods. Agent Fred Porter of Porter Real Estate, has lived in Fort Collins for over 30 years and is glad to guide new arrivals around town and share his wealth of knowledge about the area. 


You may also want to consider renting for a short period, as this will give you more time to decide. Be sure to first research the market to see what rentals are going for and how many are available in the various neighborhoods. There’s no shortage of apartments for rent in Fort Collins, for example, which currently has more than 100 properties available.


Once you’ve chosen your home, arrange for local inspections and facilitate the closing process. When it’s time to move, consider the timing of your move to match your budget. Midweek and moves during October to April are typically less expensive, Moversville reports, and more trucks are available to rent. 


Employment Opportunities


Many individuals move to another state to start a business. It could be because markets are more favorable elsewhere or because tax rates are lighter. Either way, if you’re starting a business in a new city, you’re starting from scratch without familiar surroundings and support. Thus, you’ll need a well-thought-through and considered game plan to help guide you. 


First, you’ll need to determine how your business will be structured in your new state, whether that be an LLC, corporation, partnership, or other entity. Then, creating a business plan will be critical, as it will improve your chances of success. Your goal should detail funding, financial projects, how you’ll sell your services, and a description of your company. 


If entrepreneurship isn’t your thing, use the time before moving to look for work. To start with, make sure your resume is up to date and reflects a strong candidate. From there, look for positions that match your skill-set on online job boards like LinkedIn or Monster. Suppose you have a few organizations you’d like to work with. In that case, you could also reach out directly to their HR team to enquire about open positions. Try to find the work before you move, as job hunting while managing all the other moving responsibilities may be a bit much. 


If you take the time to cross the i’s and dot the t’s of the details of your move, you’ll reduce the amount of stress down the line. Take it step by step and break it down, so you know your timeline and when you need to be doing what. Soon, the moving process will be over in no time. You’ll then be ready to tackle your new life head-on. Happy moving!


Post written by Laurie Abner of Safe Happy Homes,


Agent Fred Porter of Porter Real Estate has over 10 years of experience selling Real Estate In Northern Colorado. Team up with Fred today by calling (970) 231-4272!