Top 5 Tips for Relocating Home Buyers


Buying and/or selling a home can become quite a process. There’s a lot of moving parts, lots of questions, and even more paperwork.

However, relocating amplifies this process and adds in more moving parts, questions, and paperwork. But, there are a handful of things that you can do to make things less difficult and more enjoyable! Here are Moving Greater Boston’s top five relocating tips:

1. Hire Reputable People to Help You Through the Process

Moving from one side of a city to another is already a difficult process as it is. Likewise, there’s a long list of things that need to be taken care of to ensure that all loose ends are tied up. One of the best things that individuals who are relocating can do for themselves is to hire the right professionals. First, hire a real estate agent. This is going to make finding your dream home much less of a hassle. Additionally, it will save you a lot of time and money. Second, hire movers. The burden of heavy lifting and traveling a long distance will be relieved. Hire someone else to do the hard work.

2. Do Your Research on the New Area

When it comes time to start looking for a house, you’ll want to consider a variety of factors associated with relocating. What will my commute be like for work? Is there public transportation nearby? How is the school system in my new town? These are all questions you’ll want answers to considering the impact they’ll have on your daily life. In addition, you should take all the normal home buying steps as well. Make sure you have a list of must haves (needs) and preferences (wants). Furthermore, a budget should always be something that should be set. You’re going to rack up a lot of additional costs associated with moving apart from the actual home buying process. Be sure to keep that in mind!

3. Talk to Your New Employer About Relocation Costs

Many people find themselves relocating because of a new job. If you’re one of these individuals, ask your employer if they’re willing to cover any of your relocation expenses. More than 80% of people relocating received some type of reimbursement for their moving costs in 2017. Finances are one of the most stressful aspects of life. If you combine this with moving, it’s bound to cause some hassle. If some of your moving costs can be covered, that weight isn’t so heavy on your shoulders anymore. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know!

4. Downsize and Declutter Before You Move

Not only is this necessary for most people in general, but it will make your life a lot easier when moving. The most important thing is to downsize before you pack anything. Go through all of your belongings and throw away anything that hasn’t been recently used. Make sure that everything you go on to pack will have an appropriate home once you move. This will make packing easier, you’ll have less to actually move, and unpacking will be a breeze. The moving aspect of relocating is something that can easily be made simple!

5. Make Sure Your Current Home is Ready to Sell

Figuring out your new home is important, but cutting ties with your current home may be the most imperative relocating step. Take care of any small projects that need to be completed before you list the home. In addition, hire a real estate agent to sell your home faster and for more money. Nobody wants to be stuck in a position where they can’t move because they’re trapped in their old home. Hire the right agent to take care of all those worries for you.

If you or someone you know is relocating, Moving Greater Boston would be more than happy to help along the way! Whether you’re looking to move to the Greater Boston area or need to sell your home because you’re leaving, our expert team is here to guide you through the process.




About the Author

Joshua Stephens is the founder and president of Moving Greater Boston and a Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential. After graduating from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology in 2008, Josh dedicated five years to social service work on the North Shore before joining Berkshire Hathaway in 2013, where he found his professional calling and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator capable of synthesizing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. In just a few short years, Josh formed Moving Greater Boston and achieved over $100 million in sales after only 7 years in the business. Josh's team has been consistently recognized at both the local and national levels, receiving numerous prestigious awards for sales and customer service. Last year, the Moving Greater Boston team was awarded the coveted Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, which recognizes agents and teams that are in the top 1% for sales across a network of over 70,000 agencies. In 2017, Josh was also personally selected to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services National REthink Council, an honor bestowed upon only 15 agents among thousands of applicants. Despite his many and ongoing successes in the world of real estate, Joshua has never lost sight of his social work roots. A compassionate and principled professional who knows the value of strong communities, Josh continues his advocacy outside of the office by being actively involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs. As a native of Massachusetts, Joshua has an intimate knowledge of Boston real estate, while having a degree in psychology helps him to understand each of his clients' unique needs, enabling him to connect them with ideal communities, an opportunity which he considers both a priority and privilege. Rather than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, Josh views his role as a realtor as a lifelong commitment to continually serving the best interests of the people who have put their trust in him. Josh continually strives for excellence in service, provides in-depth knowledge of the market, and blends unwavering integrity with amenable good humor to alleviate the stress of real estate transactions and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.