Relocation Tips & Tricks

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Relocating to Arizona requires planning, due diligence and managing expectations when you move from other states and climates.  Having experienced corporate relocation, I speak from experience!  It's important to think ahead and manage every aspect to minimize stress and be prepared.   

 

Here are a few tips that may help you on your next relocation: 

 

  • Research moving companies by reviews and ask friends, family for referrals. 
  • Check insurance rates and replacement costs of moving companies, in case there are any damages from the move.
  • Make sure that movers pad doorways and hallways so as not to scratch finishes or stain flooring/carpet.  
  • Research the next location as to expected climate changes.  If you're moving to a state that has more/less rainfall, make sure to prepare for those changes.
  • Start organizing first.  Clean out closets with an eye for the climate in your next home and space. 
  • Eliminate as much clutter before moving.  If it can be purchased for less at your next destination, don't pay ot move it.
  • Create a list of address changes to be made with your doctor, dentist, insurance, mortgage company, veterinarian, newspapers, magazines, financial companies, AAA, IRS, DMV, and your neighbors in case of emergencies.
  • Process an address change form on USPS.com to forward any remaining mail. 
  • Stop service for utilities and start at new residence.
  • Create a folder that will travel on your person during the move.  Have at the ready, any items needed for temporary housing, new residences, access codes, new utility companies, and phone numbers of contacts.

  • If doing your own packing, start buying boxes, tape, large black markers, bubble wrap and paper for packing,
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  • Notify children's schools of the move and request immunity records to provide the next school.
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  • Start eating your way through your freezer and refrigerator.
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  • Moving trucks do not haul plants, chemicals and hazardous flammable items so donate or give them to your neighbors.
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  • Service your cars and hang onto the last receipt in your folder to easily be found later.
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  • Arrange to have your home cleaned after your move if you aren’t able, and arrange for your next home to be cleaned and repairs made.
  • Confirm your moving date with the movers.
  • Create simple signs for each room doorway for movers (if professional packers).  Those same signs need to be placed in your new home so movers can move independently and place boxes in the correct room as you've identified. (This is a HUGE time saver later.)
  • Before leaving your old home, review every drawer and look on top of cabinets for anything left behind. 
  • Do leave behind outdoor rugs to leave that dirt behind.  The new owners can toss if they don’t want the rugs but they’ll appreciate a spot for movers to wipe their feet. 

Arizona Terrain

Arizona is a beautiful place to live.  With 5 climate zones, each area is vastly different.  In the desert of Phoenix, know that the hot weather can challenge your car batteries, windshield wipers, and finishes. It's always a great idea to tint windows before you arrive; check the health of your car battery; and replace your windshield wipers.  Car batteries can last less than 2 years so if yours is older, might be wise to replace it before you arrive during the summer months.  No one likes being stranded in the heat!  

You won't need many winter coats in Arizona unless you're moving to the northern region near Flagstaff and thereabouts.  I've dusted off my coats and they are still in the closet 24 years later!  

When buying homes in Arizona, remember to compare property taxes.  Our property taxes are very low and that will add $$ to your budget for purchasing a home here!  

And lately, if you're looking for a seasoned agent in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, please give me a ring.  I'm happy to help!  

 

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Comments (15)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Lots of great tips for those moving to Arizona, like me!  My wife and I are very excited to become new neighbors.

Jun 22, 2022 05:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Awesome advice each and every one, loved the eat your Freezer advice, I have a month or more worth food in the freezer:)Endre

Jun 22, 2022 10:58 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jan - you must see this so much since many are relocating to a warmer climate and looking at what they can dispose of should be taken in consideration.

Jun 23, 2022 03:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are great tips! 

 

I totally agree that if it can be purchased at your next destination, don't pay to move it - moving is expensive!

As for plants, when we were moving, I took my favorite plant with me. It traveled across country in our camper, and is still alive today. I can't believe it didn't die!

Jun 23, 2022 04:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jan,

With so many people moving at this time of year what a timely post! Great tips..I like Kat Palmiotti  agree that if it can be purchased at your next destination, don't pay to move it - moving is expensive!

Jun 23, 2022 05:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great tips, Jan... I always remind my own clients to ask for pairs and sets insurance, as well. Loved the comment about checking all the drawers... I've found sets of flatware in kitchen drawers, laundry in the washing machine, etc. in homes after the sellers have moved out.

Jun 23, 2022 05:47 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great list of tips for moving, even across town. Going through the process now of whittling down and we are only moving 25 miles.

Jun 23, 2022 06:24 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

This is great information for those relocating anywhere, especially to Arizona.  

Jun 23, 2022 07:20 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ these are very good helpful list of relocation tips & tricks. 

Jun 23, 2022 08:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

My biggest mistake used to be waiting until 2 days before the move to start packing. I found I need at least 2 weeks.

Jun 23, 2022 09:17 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I bet you guys are excited to move Ray Henson !  let us know when and we'll have an AR get together! 

Glad you found that interesting Endre Barath, Jr. !  I've moved far too many times to count so feel a book of these tidbits might be better!  

Yes Grant Schneider and we have lots of furniture consignment stores thanks to out of state new residents!  

You must have a great green thumb Kat Palmiotti !  I could use that in a list!  I don't have a green thumb! 

Jun 23, 2022 02:14 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for commenting Dorie Dillard Austin TX !  Appreciate you! 

What is "pairs and sets insurance" Nina Hollander, Broker ?  A new tip for the list! 

Isn't it amazing what we accumulate in 5 years?  Let alone 25 Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Jun 23, 2022 02:16 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for reading and commenting June Piper-Brandon !  We do have a fair amount of relocations from other states - a lot of that stuff ends up in consignment stores!  

Thank you John Pusa !  Appreciate your review!

Jun 23, 2022 02:17 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That would be a disaster for me Rocky Dickerson !  I don't think my brain can handle that much stress by waiting!   You're a bigger person than I am! 

Jun 23, 2022 02:17 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jan... pairs and sets insurance covers things you own that come in pairs or sets, so if some part of it is broken or lost and can't be replaced, you are insured for replacing the pair or the set. I always insure certain lamps, china, upholstered furniture for pairs and sets. Hope that made sense.

Jun 23, 2022 02:29 PM