Moving from one state to another can bring along a copious amount of challenges, but choosing a home doesn’t have to be one of them. In order to make this process as seamless as possible, here are a few tips:
Find a Trusted, Local Realtor
As with any realtor you partner with, you’ll want to know you’re with the best of the best. For some tips on how to choose a realtor, check out another blog I wrote here, but in choosing a realtor from a distance, make sure you really do your homework before committing to a realtor. I suggest you read reviews, go online to different social networks, and give him/her a phone call. You’re looking for someone who knows the streets like the back of their hands and has a deep love for the new city you’re about to call home!
Research the Area
In your current neighborhood, you know the best school, tastiest restaurants, and which streets to stay away from due to increased crime. When moving to a new city, it can all seem a little foreign. While you’re busy researching neighborhoods in order to see which houses are for sale, do a quick Google search to figure out what the school districts and crime rates are. Look up morning and evening commute times to see how heavy traffic can get. The more you know about your new city, the more it’ll start to feel like home!
Plan a Trip
Come visit New Jersey! Despite all the research, there’s nothing quite like seeing your new city firsthand. Even if it’s for a quick weekend getaway, try to plan at least one visit prior to your move. This will give you an opportunity to see some houses, drive through different neighborhoods,
If all else fails and you’re not feeling peace about buying a house unseen or cannot commit to a specific neighborhood, talk to your realtor about renting. There’s no shame in signing a lease for six months in order to get a better feel for your new city and to figure out which parts of the city you prefer to spend your time.
Are you looking to call NJ home? I’d love to show you around. Send me a message!