The year 2020 brought with it many surprising developments or the United States economy and the lifestyles of many Americans. With the COVID-19 pandemic ushering in a new age of working from home, homeowners are considering packing up their belongings and moving to a state they’d never lived in before. Maybe you’ve always had a thing for the Pacific Northwest or the Florida Keys, but your big-city East Coast job kept you in the Tri-state area. Well, no longer.
Now, if you want to make Oregon your new home, you can. Sure, you’ll need to do some research into Oregon charter schools instead of public schools for your kids, but there’s nothing else keeping you from the greenery of the Oregon forests. So, what do you need to keep in mind to move to a new state? Let’s look at four great things to be mindful of as you gear up to find a new home.
1. Find reliable general contractors in your new region.
Buying a new home often entails a certain amount of renovations, and that’s true wherever you’re moving to. It’s a good idea to head to your new area and scope out the home before moving in. That’s a great way to clarify any renovations that need doing, like work on the exterior or laying new tile floors, and get them done by reliable general contractors before you move. To find a contractor you can trust to do a remodel while you keep tabs from afar, use the web, and read plenty of reviews. Also, if you know someone in the city or town you’re moving to, consider asking them to be a point person for your remodel team to speak to.
2. Find out if your new home comes with appliances.
While it’s common practice to rent a home with appliances, that’s not always the case for a new home. That being said, some sellers are willing to sell their used appliances or fixtures for a discount simply because it saves them the trouble and cost of moving a refrigerator or dishwasher. If you don’t want to move the appliances from your current home clear across the country, ask your realtor about this option.
3. It’s a good idea to think about the weather, too.
If this is your first home in the State of Oregon or any other state, you may not be prepared for the weather conditions you’ll be encountering. For example, when you think about the Sunshine State, you may not be thinking about hurricanes, but hurricane season is a real (and dangerous!) fixture of Floridian’s life. Read up on home renovation tips for Florida homeowners and ensure that any home renovation projects include provisions for extreme weather, like floods and hurricanes. You should also make sure that your homeowner’s insurance includes coverage for damage caused by hurricanes or floods.
Virtual schools still need to be good schools.
If you have kids who you’re moving to a new city, keep them in mind when you’re thinking about buying a new home. There’s a difference between charter schools, public schools, and public charter schools. Even if your kids have been attending virtual schools for a year now, they should still be included in any conversations about choosing frameworks for their education. After all, they’ll be the ones sitting in front of a Chromebook and doing the actual schoolwork.
Wherever you’re moving to, the best way to find a new house is to do your research and keep the conversation about this new era an open one. Remember, this is a grand adventure, so even if you experience some hiccups on the way, it’s all part of the journey.