Buying a House Out-of-State? How to Make the Move a Success

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Moving can feel scary, whether you go a few blocks away or an entire state. However, you can learn how to keep a level head while packing up everything for a long trip. Remember — this is an exciting new journey you and potential family members are taking.

Here are a few tips to make your move successful if you are buying a house out-of-state.

Say Goodbye

First and foremost, you should say goodbye to your favorites. Give a long hug to the friends you won’t get to visit for a while. It will be difficult to leave behind people you love. To make your move successful, you must accept that you are parting ways.

Say goodbye to your favorite hangout spots. You will most likely see your friends on social media hanging out without you once you move away. Processing this will make it easier to come across when you’re gone. You will make new friends in your new town and everyone will miss you here. Seek a mantra and let it help you make your move a success.

Pack Accordingly

Declutter your stuff to help declutter your brain and emotions. Let go of the things you don’t need and are simply taking up space. The less you move, the less you have to pay for shipping and storage.

Label your belongings so you know where everything is. Being organized can help declutter your head and make you feel more at ease in your transition. Relocation specialists are also helpful during this time.

Depending on the time frame of your move, you may not have time to schedule your packing the way you want to. If you don’t have the luxury of planning, utilize some tips to pack up your house quickly and efficiently. Collect the materials you need to pack — such as boxes and bubble wrap — and start going through your stuff.

Fix Your Budget

If you’re relocating to another state, odds are you’ve already done your research. You’ve looked into the schools nearby, dog parks and the job markets. What about your finances? Have you thought about reorganizing them? Often, people overlook the fact that other states have different wages and costs of living.

Your move might come with a raise, but will it be enough? Will you be able to sustain the budget you’re used to in your new state? Take a look at your expenses and your income. Cut back on spending so you’re ready for unforeseen costs within your move and after you’ve settled.

Ensure you factor in dining out and hotel stays in the transitional phase of your journey out of state. Tightening your budget beforehand will also assist you in saving for your mortgage downpayment.

Read the Fine Print

Since you’re not moving locally, it can be challenging to find someone you trust. Ask a local realtor to hook you up with someone with high success rates in your new area.

There are some shady people out there that will take advantage of you if you don’t do your research. Read the fine print in everything you negotiate and sign. Renegotiate if you spot errors or have concerns in your buying process.

Your realtor and attorney work for you. Ensure you’re getting your money’s worth and aren’t scammed or worse. You must understand the documents you are signing.

There could be hidden surprises in the interest rate of your new house. Sky-high payments after the interest rate rises, resulting in an “exotic mortgage.” This happens when your interest rate is initially low, accumulating over time, causing your payments to potentially double or triple in cost.

Take Time to Adjust

Every move is an adjustment. Allow yourself the time you need to fully get used to your new home. Give yourself a grace period to take it all in and bask in your achievements. Your move is a success because you made it happen.

Pat yourself on the back and breathe — you did it. Now you can move forward in making this new home your haven and finding your new normal.

Find Success While Moving to a House Out-of-State

Transitioning between states is a big endeavor. However, you can accomplish it readily by following these tips. Remind yourself that you’re ready for the change and can take it all in stride.

Comments (4)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Move to Hawaii and leave all that stuff behind - get a fresh start! 

Jul 14, 2022 07:56 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Even if one is just moving in the same city--it's a very big deal!  Moving to a completely different city is even more stressful. Have a positive mindset and move to a neighborhood you feel comfortable in.  Introduce yourself to the nearby owners and get involved in the community--eventually you will settle in!

Jul 15, 2022 01:01 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Have moved between 4 states, I can relate!  Having had professional movers pack everything, including the trash, I have my go-to list for moving-out-of-state-sellers!  Great post!

Jul 19, 2022 01:37 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jul 25, 2022 07:08 AM