Whether you’re moving to another spot in town or moving in from out of state, relocating to a new residence is a jarring and time consuming process. For those of you who already live in Austin, TX and are moving up or down to a new place, here are some things that you’re going to want to go through before you sign that mortgage.
Square Footage – Depending on your situation, mapping out the exact square footage of your current place and your prospective new place is imperative and often overlooked by first-time relocators. More often than not folks moving down are left with an excess of furniture, decorations, and housewares. (Luckily, Self Storage Deals can help you with that!) Unless you’re planning on getting all new furniture, appliances, and décor, sketch out in detail your new home’s layout and how it compares to your current one.
PRO TIP: always bring a tape measure
Mapping Out Your New Commute – For folks moving for a job, this might be their first priority when relocating. But for folks who are moving up or down for other reasons, figuring out exactly how your new commute is crucial in making sure that your move enhances your livelihood. If you’re going to be sitting in traffic on I-35 every day for two hours to and from work, that new model home in Avery Ranch may not be the best idea.
PRO TIP: use TravelMath.com’s drive time calculator to get and idea, and then go do it one day in person.
Schools – When you’re moving with a family in tow, one of you main concerns is probably going to be your kids’ school. For instance, you’re not going to want to move from a TEA-ranked exemplary school district to one with an average ranking. Education is king. To get the best idea of your new school district specs, feel free to check out Realty Austin’s School District Map to see where district boundaries are and what you can expect from your child’s education. Check it out here.
Neighborhood Demographic and Culture – This is where you’ll be living day to day. This is the place that you’ll see first thing in the morning and the place you’ll see last thing at night. Knowing your new neighborhood’s demographic and lifestyle could make or break your relocation. Lucky for you Austin mover, Austin has something for everyone in terms of lifestyle. You’ve got laid back neighborhoods to the south, swanky urban digs downtown, post-grad and new families north of University of Texas Campus, and the quintessential gated, expansive community in northwest Austin.
PRO TIP: make a pros and cons list of your current situation and do your research on other neighborhoods in town.
This isn’t everything you’ll need to know about relocation, but once you cover the points above, the rest will be details. For more information on relocation in Austin, TX, check out Realty Austin’s Relocation Guide.
This post was provided by the nice folks at Realty Austin, experts in Austin real estate.