Avoid Costly Mistakes In Your Long-Distance Move

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A big move is a wonderful adventure, but the thought of packing up your belongings and your life and moving them to a distant location can be more than a little scary. Lessen your fear of the unknown by taking steps to avoid some common pitfalls of moving: choosing the wrong location, the wrong home, or the wrong mover. The following tips will get you started.

1. Investigate Your New Neighborhood

The internet has plenty of tools you can use to learn about the area you're considering moving to. Crime rankings, school ratings, and walkability and other lifestyle indices are a few of the measures you might consider when choosing a neighborhood. Local forums are also useful because they connect you with people who already live there. You can even explore "on foot" using Google Maps' street view.

2. Try Before You Buy

Avoid a costly mistake by renting instead of buying, especially if rents in the area you're moving to aren't exorbitant. This gives you time to learn about local towns and neighborhoods and the area's real estate market before you put down more permanent roots.

Plan to make a trip or two to the area to house-hunt. Renting sight unseen is very risky, and real estate brokers typically won't allow you to do it unless your company's relocation department is renting the home on your behalf.

3. Work with a Real Estate Brokerage 

It's helpful to work with a brokerage for a long distance move because it eliminates the risk that you'll fall prey to a real estate scam perpetrated by an unscrupulous individual purporting to rent a home he or she doesn't actually own. But if you are considering renting from a private owner, watch for these red flags:

  • Unusually low rent compared to similar properties in the area
  • Poorly written ads
  • The inability of the owner to show you the property
  • The owner asks you to sign the lease without showing you the property
  • The owner wants to mail you the keys rather than arrange to meet you for the lease signing and key transfer

4. Vet Your Mover

You also need to make sure your moving company is reputable and able to meet the challenges of safely moving your belongings to a distant location. Online review sites and the recommendations of family and friends make good starting points, but it's important to call the companies you're considering using to learn about their policies and procedures. Here are some signs that a company is trustworthy:

  • It has a landline phone answered with a professional greeting
  • The company sends a representative to your home to prepare a written estimate
  • The company asks you to sign a contract only after you've received the written estimate
  • The company's moving trucks have logos, which means the company owns them

A long-distance move is never easy, so it's important to avoid as many complications as you can. Carefully planning the important aspects of your move -- the location, the home, and the long-distance moving company -- goes a long way toward making your move a positive one.

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22 May 2018

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