My Relocation Services for Buyers & Sellers in Carlsbad & Nearby

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Relocation Services for Buyers and Sellers 

Carlsbad CA and Nearby


One of my favorite niche markets, and maybe the biggest one, is relocation. That is, assisting buyers and sellers who are relocating a distance, whether leaving my local area or moving here.


relocation is not for dummiesAny who buys, or sells, a home is moving, of course, but I find there are more complex issues associated with moving a longer distance, such as to and from other parts of California or other states, than locally. And it often takes quite a bit more planning.


I know a bit about relocation, from making 4 major moves myself, the most recent from Boston to Carlsbad in 2005, plus moving my Mom move from PA to Carlsbad, and helping my younger daughter move from Oakland to Los Angeles!


About a third of my business on average is relocation, although it varies from year to year. In addition to my personal experience, which I find particularly helpful to those who are moving, I have been involved with relocation as a Human Resources professional in the past, helping employees move but also setting up and coordinating relocations. I’m familiar with corporate relocation packages and companies and know how those work, too.


Plus I have worked with numerous relocation clients within California and coming from across the country.


Here are some of the resources and services I offer my Relocation Clients:


My Blogs

At Home in Carlsbad blogI write on 2 different blogs – here on ActiveRain and At Home in Carlsbad.


Both are a tremendous resource about real estate for buyers and sellers, as well as providing abundant information about towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions, condo complexes, dining, shopping, tourist stuff, things to do, recreation, local beaches, and more.


If you want to learn more about Carlsbad or a nearby area you are interested in you’ll likely find it on my blogs. But if you don’t find what you are looking for let me know and I will fill you in…I may just have not written about it yet.


Video and Photos

Terramar Beach homes in CarlsbadSome time MLS listings are sadly lacking in information, in particular photos and videos.


I spend time taking photos and videos for those who are relocating and need to know more about the house or houses and neighborhoods they are interested in.


And I can take you on a live tour of the home on Facetime, too!


Yes, there is good information on the Internet about houses for sale, but not always. What’s the yard like? The street? The neighborhood? The views? What about the interior?


When you are not local you need some additional feet on the ground in the area to help – I can be that resource for you!


Relocation Checklist

I created a 5-page checklist of issues to consider when planning a relocation, from start to finish that I share with clients. Whether they have made a major move or not, I find buyers and sellers are often surprised at all the details to coordinate and stuff you have to remember to do. It can get overwhelming, and it’s easy to forget important things when you are really busy – like that address change! You probably want to create your own checklist, too!


I have other checklists, too, to help in your move and to make your life simpler when you are buying and'or selling a home with my help.


Questions to Ask Your Movers (checklist)

Woman packing to moveThere are a number of important questions to ask movers you are interviewing to pack and move your household goods to your new home . Not all moving companies are the same, and you need to have all the information, including estimated moving costs, so you can make an informed decision.


This checklist will help you focus on the relevant issues and get the answers you need to make the right decision about who to hire. You might need specialized moving services, for example, and you need to know what services are available (e.g, moving a car or a boat) and what they cost!


NOTE - if you are relocating with a corporate relocation package your options may be limited, and you may not get the choice of mover since you are not paying for it.


Relocation Tips Video Series

I have a video playlist, Relocation Tips and Advice on my YouTube Channel, of 19 short videos on a host of issues you should know about before you relocate – getting pre-approved, moving with a relocation package, renting vs. buying when relocating, house hunting trips, and more. You can check ‘em out on the go on your smartphone!


Moving Boxes

Moving boxesI have lots of boxes – REAL moving boxes in different sizes - and paper, plus some bubble wrap.


If you are moving locally, or out of the area, I am happy to drop some off at your door, then pick them up when you are done if you are local. Or feel free to keep them if you wish, or otherwise donate them.


And if you need to do some packing when we are preparing your home for the market, these boxes might come in handy. If you move here from out of town I will pick up and recycle your unwanted boxes after you are done unpacking, or during that process.


What Next and How to Get Some Help

Relocation can be a tough journey, from start to finish, and a trusted REALTOR to help you navigate all the steps is important, in the short term or the long term. If you are thinking about making a move to the Carlsbad area, or from here to another part of the country, let me know – I’m happy to help you make the purchase or sale of your home, and your overall relocation, as trouble-free as possible.


Carlsbad home searchYou can start your search for a home in Carlsbad by clicking on the photo to the right.


Or search for homes in other nearby communities in North San Diego County using the link at the bottom of the page.


Why not reach out to me, the #SouthernCaliforniaRelocationDude, at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your needs and plans, and answer any questions that you have. I’m happy to help you in the planning process, even if your move is in the future.


The Southern California Relocation Dude



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Comments (23)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Chris Ann Cleland 

I certainly thinks it's a plus if you have the personal experiences to draw on, and know the right questions to ask.


Mar 26, 2018 08:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff- with everyone on the move in this country, it's helpful to have an agent such as yourself who has made several moves. You can empathize with them and offer suggestions that will help. 

Mar 31, 2018 11:27 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thanks Jeff!

Mar 31, 2018 04:49 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. Your expertise is enough but the help with boxes nailed me! Enjoy your day!

Apr 01, 2018 04:17 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Jeff Dowler what a great post on your Relocation services to and from Carlsbad CA!  You are the man and that is no April Fools!!

Apr 01, 2018 04:34 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeff. This is excellent: focused, specific and absolutely true. I hope you are featured for this.

Apr 01, 2018 05:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jeff Dowler ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! How did I miss this one? Great job!! The AR gods must be sleeping not to have waived their wand and made a gold star appear! You are the agent to reach out to if your thinking of know how to care for their every need.

Apr 01, 2018 06:43 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jeff - I would agree with Lisa Von Domek that is is a feature.  You have created a great brand with plenty of collateral.

Apr 01, 2018 09:32 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Can you make some of your titles linkable to articles? I was going to click on your link of things to ask a mover but there wasn't one. I know one of the things I discovered when I moved across country was my homeowner's insurance covered our personal belongings on the truck and we did not have to take out the expensive mover's insurance.

Apr 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy Streib 

Thanks for including me in your post today!

I always find that those I work with who are relocating really appreciate that I have done this multiple times and can provide them some tips.


Apr 01, 2018 04:50 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Wayne Martin 

I have been doing this with boxes for many years and it's always well received, even for those moving locally. I never have a shortage of boxes it seems!!


Apr 01, 2018 04:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the kind words, Ginny Gorman .

Relocation is a market I feel I know well, but I really enjoy it also.


Apr 01, 2018 04:52 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheila Anderson  - what a nice compliment! I could go on and on about relocation and the things I know, and have learned from others, too!


Apr 01, 2018 04:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie Dillard 

What a nice thing to say. The feature is always nice, but I enjoy sharing what I know, and having all these wonderful comments is very special. And it's easy to talk about what I enjoy doing.


Apr 01, 2018 04:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Grant Schneider 

Thanks for stopping by and for such kind words. It's been an area of focus for me since moving to CA back in 2005.


Apr 01, 2018 04:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents 

Guess I should have added more links - done now.

You raise a great point - I suspect not everyone's Homeowner's insurance will provide the needed coverage but it's worth checking...ours did, including for our car that was transported. But because it was on a trailer we had to add some coverage to the policy. In one other move the car was actually stored in the van for the move!


Apr 01, 2018 05:04 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker

In one of my moves, I actually drove my car into the moving truck and packed my furniture around it. Getting it out once I arrived in Newport Beach was harder. I finally drove to the Santa Ana railroad yards, backed up to a dock, acted like I belonged there and let my girlfriend drive my car out the back of the truck, down the ramp and we both split before we could get arrested.

Apr 01, 2018 05:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Jeff Dowler - I like that you will help you clients with live facetime tours and recycling cardboard boxes.  Nice features of great service. 

Apr 02, 2018 07:24 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jeff, what a great job of not only sharing about your work, but providing some really great resources. 

Well done.

Apr 03, 2018 07:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the kind words Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Sometimes it's also just "walking" the long distance through the home on the phone. Additional photos are always appreciated, as are the moving boxes, and they hold up pretty well for multiple moves.


Apr 03, 2018 07:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John Wiley 

Thanks for stopping by and for the nice compliment! I really enjoy working with relocations.


Apr 03, 2018 07:36 AM