Regular house-hunting isn’t always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don’t have when looking locally. Let me help make the process can run more smoothly!
When you’re ready to make a move within the U.S. or even abroad, did you know that Reece Nichols is an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World? This is our network comprised of the very best locally, regionally, and globally branded real estate professionals! Contact Moore Homes and we will connect you to a reputable recommended real estate professional in the area you’re moving to!
If you’re traveling to the region for a “preview” weekend of home shopping, they can educate you on their local market, show you around town, and book your showings in advance, based on your preferences—to make the best use of your time.
1. Start Your Research
Knowing what is in your neighborhood is something we tend to take for granted. You know where the best sushi place is and exactly what grocery store is closest to your home for those last minute runs. When moving to a new neighborhood, especially in a new state, it is key to decide what is important to you when it comes to proximity. Does your new house need to be near a park for your kids? Do you need to be 5 minutes from the closest Starbucks? You’ll also want to look into crime rates and school ratings if you have children. Researching your potential neighborhoods will help you feel better about choosing a new home that may be far away.
2. Use Technology To Your Advantage
Google Maps may not be constantly updated, but checking out an aerial view can give you an idea of what your neighborhood looks like if you don’t have the opportunity to travel right away. Getting the lay of the land is just another way to feel comfortable about your new neighborhood.
3. Have a Travel Budget
Even if you have a great agent showing you as many homes as possible, you need to plan for the possibility of making more than one trip to your future home state if you want to see it in person. The agent we refer you to could even do a Facetime walk-through of a property for you. While you may have adjusted your budget already to purchase a home, consider factoring in travel costs so you aren’t stressed about eating out or gas money during your trips – that way you can focus on finding your dream home.
4. Decide Your Non-Negotiables
Choosing a home from out of town already comes with challenges. If you’re heading in to check out houses and have a weekend filled to the brink with potential home tours, it will make your life easier if all of those homes meet your requirements. Instead of seeing all homes that ‘might’ fit, have your agent remove any houses that have a non-negotiable feature – whether that is no backyard or not enough bathrooms. It will make the most of your time and remove some of the stress of seeing homes that aren’t for you.