Preparing for the Move in Your Relocation

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Preparing for the Move in Your Relocation


There is lots of preparation you will need to do when relocating, and one primary task is the actual preparation for your move (see video at bottom of page).


are you going to use a moving company for your relocation?You will need to arrange for movers (see my prior article on video on Questions to Ask Your Movers), of course, but you need to coordinate your personal move out of your house and to your new location, too.


Consider when you have to be out of your house and when your household goods are leaving to plan when you leave but also when to arrive at the new destination. Keep in mind this can take a number of days! The time between move-out and move-in when I moved to California was 8 days!


Decide on how you are going to get to your new location, e.g., air, car, train. If you are working with a relocation package find out what they will pay for (type of transportation, how much, hotel, food, temporary lodging) before you get started.


You need to plan your move itself when relocatingIf you are flying you will need to make your reservations in plenty of time to coordinate with your household goods. The relocation company may have some requirements (e.g., 2-week advance purchase).


And make sure you plan well if you are relocating with pets and they will be flying. Kids, too.


If you are driving, consider planning out your route in advance so you know how far you will drive each day and where you will stay. This will be even more important if you need pet-friendly hotels. You might decide to make it a fun trip and visit touristy stuff along the way, and perhaps also visit friends or family along the route. Find out when the moving van will arrive so you can arrange to be there in time, if that’s necessary.


Need more relocation tips? 


Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at (76) 840-1360 so we can discuss your personal relocation needs, concerns, and questions. I have relocated 4 times myself and am happy to help from start to finish with your relocation here to SoCal, or with a move out of this area.


I can use my vast national network to help you in your relocationIf you are moving someplace other than SoCal, I can still assist you. I know a great network of highly qualified agents around the country and can help refer you to the right person to help find your new home and/or sell your current one.


Here are the prior articles (with videos) in this series in case you missed them.


You can view just the videos without the articles on my YouTube Channel Relocation Tips and Advice Playlist. The videos are each 2 or minutes or less.


Video #12 – Relocating with Pets


Video #11 – Making the Most of Your House Hunting Trips in Your Relocation


Video #10 – Help Your REALTOR® Help You in Your Relocation


Video #9 – Finding School, Crime and Other Information During Your Relocation


Video #8 – Packing for your Relocation: Do It Yourself or Not


Video #7 – Making Your List and Checking it Twice: Your Relocation Checklist That Is


Video #6 – Questions to Ask Your Movers


Video #5 - Buying vs. Renting When Relocating to Your New Home


Video #4 – Finding the Right REALTOR® to Help in Your Relocation


Video #3 – Moving with a Relocation Package


Video #2 – Getting Pre-Approved


Video #1 – Relocation Expenses


Introduction to Relocation Tips Video Series




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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Planning Jeff is what it is all about in making that smooth transition. Many things to think about....

Jan 13, 2014 08:17 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, relocating from another State is tough, and you have covered the move!

Jan 13, 2014 10:18 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Gary - indeed. People who have not made a major move are in for a surprise if they are not planning at all.

Joan - thanks so much. I have 4 major moves in my repetoire!


Jan 13, 2014 10:33 AM #3
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Jeff, I always think of my mom and other military spouses when I hear about folks relocating.  She  had 4 small children and managed several moves on her own while dad was serving in the army.  A big job made easier with planning, great overview!

Jan 13, 2014 11:59 AM #4
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Jeff, a great playlist of YouTube videos to assist all movers and you would be the agent of choice to work with in the Carlsbad CA area!

Jan 13, 2014 08:33 PM #5
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

What an amazing Relocation series you have put together Jeff. It shows your dedication and desire to help your clients in an amazing way. Kudos for being such an awesome Realtor.

Jan 14, 2014 10:59 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- each time we moved from one state to another I added to my "to do" list.  I wish I'd had this post and your videos when we moved. 

Jan 18, 2014 03:23 AM #7
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121

Jeff, this is a very helpful and carefully thought-out relocation package of tips on movin.  Videos on all aspects of moving take the guess work out of this seemingly daunting task.

Jan 20, 2014 07:51 AM #8
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