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5 Items to Include on Your Home Relocation Checklist

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Moving Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful with Real Estate Professionals and a Good Plan

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If you’ve ever tried to just wing it when moving to a new home, you probably know how chaotic it can be. Save yourself time, money, and stress by carefully planning your move with a relocation checklist that serves as a valuable tool to use during your moving process.

1. Make Your Home Search Easy

You can’t move if you don’t have somewhere to go, so figuring out your next home is a top priority. Start by setting your budget. According to data, the average sales price for homes in Petaluma, CA is $861,000. Of the city’s eight neighborhoods, Oakhill Brewster is the most expensive, with an average sales price of $1 million, while Midtown is the most affordable at $685,000.

An average two-bedroom rental costs $2,640 per month. Online rental sites can help you narrow down properties by the features you need, such as the number of bedrooms and whether the property is pet-friendly. It can also be helpful to utilize the services of a local real estate agent who knows the area well and has connections to great rental services.

The town is home to 38 public and 9 private or charter schools. Evaluating the local school system is a good place to start when choosing a neighborhood. You may also want to consider local amenities, such as grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and healthcare facilities.

2. Consider Your Business Needs

If you are moving a limited liability company from out of state, you must register it in California. The rules for LLCs may be different than they were in your old state, so be sure to do your research. Alternatively, you can work with a formation company to ensure you are compliant without paying for an expensive attorney.

3. Make a List of Moving Professionals You Need To Contact

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Trying to handle an entire move by yourself is a big job. You can make your job easier by hiring some help. Movers are the most obvious pros to enlist. They can help you with packing, loading, unloading, and transporting your belongings safely. Don’t forget to consider specialty movers if you have any difficulty moving possessions such as vehicles. Additionally, you may want to consider childcare help so you can keep your kids occupied and safe while you are dealing with the move.

4. Properly Packing for the Move

Leaving the packing to the last minute is a mistake that can significantly increase the stress level of your move, so start planning early. Begin collecting boxes as soon as you know you are going to move, or if you don’t want to mess with dumpster diving, purchase some boxes from a moving supply company.

Before you start packing, sell, donate or give away everything you don’t want to bring with you. Identify the essential items you need during the moving process, such as clothes, your toothbrush, pet supplies, and some toys to keep the kids occupied, and don’t pack those until close to your move. Keep essential items in an easily accessible and clearly labeled location.

5. Always Have a Moving Plan

Lots of different things could go wrong during your move. The movers could get lost with all your stuff or not show up when scheduled. You could blow a tire miles from the nearest service station. Identify the risks and make a plan for what to do about them.

If it’s a multi-day trip, plan out your rest stops accordingly to make it in time without tiring yourself out. Eliminate as many dangers as possible to make it a more fun experience!

Contact Jeremy & Peg King for Help Planning Your Move

Creating a checklist won’t eliminate all the stress from your move, but it can make your move more manageable. The extra time you put

in on the front end of your move will pay off when moving day arrives.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need a professional by your side, contact Jeremy & Peg King for expertise in real estate and moving. They’ll handle all the big stuff as well as provide all the essential information you may need to make your moving experience fun and successful!