No matter why you are moving, the process is always complex with various moving puzzle pieces. The more you know about the process, the better you can prepare for it.

People have long relocated from one side of the country to the other. In some cases, people move for work-related needs. In others, they move to get a fresh start perhaps closer to (or even further away) from family and friends. No matter why you are moving, the process is always complex with various moving puzzle pieces. The more you know about the process, the better you can prepare for it.

People Move Even at a Young Age

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 90 percent of people born between 1980 and 1984 moved out of their parent’s home for at least three months by the time they were 27. Many of them moved after college, such as going across the state for a new job. Others moved out as they got married, had a child, or wanted to start a new life in a new area.

Planning to Move – Choose a Package That Works for You

No matter when or why you are moving, it’s important to know the value of hiring a professional to help you. Most professional moving companies offer packages or bundled services many people need when relocating. It’s always up to you to choose what meets your needs and goals, but there are a few key things to look for before you get started.

For example, your relocation package should include moving costs and housing costs, such as the costs to pack up and unpack. You also want to ensure you have moving insurance in place.

If you are moving through your employer, you’ll need much more than this. In this case, your employer-provided moving package should take into consideration all of the costs associated with the process. There’s more than you think, too. It should include travel expenses for you and your family, housing cost considerations such as ending a lease, and transportation to your new location. Sometimes, you need temporary housing, too.

Don’t Just Stop There

When you need a professional relocation package, know how to ask for more. Here’s what’s important. Many times, the job offer across the country you are contemplating taking is going to mean huge life changes. Even if it comes with a number of new benefits or better pay, you’ll still want to make sure it’s providing you with enough of what you need to be comfortable.

Ask for the help you need. This includes international moving support, if you are moving across the world. It should give you the ability to bring your family and spouse with you. Consider the services you have to stop to move – the kid’s school, memberships to various organizations, and club fees. It all adds up. Make sure you think of everything you’ll likely be facing because of the relocation in advance.

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What to Do with Your Home

One of the most difficult components of the move is managing your house. Many times, employers move people across the country without a lot of notice. They need you to go to a new location fast. Yet, in most areas, the housing market just does not work that quickly. This leaves you with a need to figure out how to manage your home in a short amount of time.

Sell with an Agent

One of the options you have is to choose a traditional real estate agent, list the home for sale, and hope you get a buyer. There are some advantages to this, but you’ll need to be in a hot market where home sales happen quickly. If not, you may need to spend a bit more to update the house, market a bit more aggressively, and even price the home to sell. In some cases, this works just fine.

It is the best way to sell the home if you have time to wait. However, it’s never wise to leave your home vacant. In some situations, your insurance company isn’t likely to approve of a home being left vacant for more than 30 days. That could mean the family needs to stay behind if the home takes too long to sell.

Keep It as an Investment

Another option is to keep your home. Instead of selling, rent it out and manage it from a distance. This option can help in several ways. It helps to create a steady income for yourself and your family that can help to support your needs. It also ensures you have a home where your family is. If you are not overly confident that this move is going to be a long-term situation, and you want a way to get back sooner, a short-term lease to a renter can offer you that bit of support.

On the other hand, you need to consider the local market. Is there a rental market locally? Can you afford to rent it at the price point that is likely to get renters? And, who is going to handle the day-to-day management of the property if you are not nearby? These are all critical factors to keep in mind. If you plan to go this route, be sure to have a contingency plan in place to pay for maintenance and upkeep. And, you need to be able to afford the mortgage payment if you cannot find renters.

Sell It to a Relo Company

One of the options many property owners have but do not know about is the access to a relo company. A relocation company is one specializing in situations just like this. Many people moving overseas or even across the country need a fast solution – a way to get rid of the home quickly without damaging their credit or getting stuck long term.

If you are using a professional relocation company for the move, they may offer this type of assistance. Keep in mind most moving companies do not. Only those that specialize in relocation offer it typically. They generally work with you, the property owner, as well as your employer, to speed up the home sale process. It may be a part of your relocation package, in fact.
A relocation company like this handles the entire process of selling the home on behalf of the employer. The benefit is that you are able to move on to your new location and buy a home there without being tied down at home. However, there are some key concerns here. For example, the closing costs and interest rates are lower in some situations. The package generally comes with moving costs as a component of it. You may even get help with a down payment on your new home. They then provide you with help selling the home. These companies do charge a commission, but it may be in line with your real estate agent.

The problem is this process can stretch out long term. And, not all situations are equal. If the company offers a guaranteed buyout, that makes it a better option overall because it means there is less risk to you as the property owner to lose money. Otherwise, you may have some limitations.

Buying that New Home Before You Sell

One of the biggest problems people have when moving like this is that they have trouble buying a new home because they are stuck in the mortgage of the old home. Until you sell it, you may find it very difficult to move forward. Most cannot afford to pay two mortgage payments each month. And, many lenders are not going to agree to give you a loan if you have one in place as it is.

Still, there are some financial options available for well-qualified buyers. You can put contingencies in place as well, that can help you to keep moving forward with the process.

Why not Sell to HomeGo?

Here’s the good news. You can get out of that home faster if you choose the right company to work with throughout the process. HomeGo can help in many of the areas other services simply leave you disappointed.

With HomeGo, the purchase is simple and quick. We buy the home from you with a firm offer that won’t change later on. Next, we buy the home as-is, which means you do not have to invest any money into fixing up the home or marketing it. You also do not need to pay for a real estate agent to help you with the sale process. That in itself can help you save thousands of dollars.

You do not damage your credit in this method. You also do not have to wait long to buy your next home. This can help speed up the relocation process and help you to get into a new home quickly. Unlike relocation companies or rental situations, you know exactly what to expect and the entire process can take days to weeks, not months to work through. HomeGo may be the ideal option for those moving across the country or around the world.

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