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What You Should Know Before Moving to a New Area

While moving seems like an exciting adventure, the steps that come before the move cover much more than simply searching for new homes in St. Louis. You’ll need to spend time rummaging through old belongings, packing, and planning. To reduce the headaches and unexpected consequences of moving, check out the following tips to make your move a smooth process.

Set a Budget for Moving Expenses

As everyone knows, moving is not cheap. Before you even think about paying for a moving service, you will have to find new homes for sale. While that’s the principal cost, you may see HOA fees, utility deposits, and other unexpected costs arise.

Plan out all the potential costs you’ll run into. You’ll likely need to purchase boxes, rent a truck, or maybe hire a moving company for help. All of this should be planned efficiently, so you’ll have a good idea of what to expect financially. 

Make a Checklist

Before you begin packing for your big move to the St Louis area, try making a checklist of everything you need to do. The act of moving is one thing, but you need to think about canceling utilities, changing your address at the post office, and so on.

You’ll also need to have a checklist of things to take care of once you’ve moved into your new residence. For example, you need to find out about trash day, setting up the internet, and any other policies which you must abide by.

Create a Packing Strategy 

Packing is the real monster of moving to a new home. You’re sure to stumble upon something that you swore you got rid of years ago. How will you go about packing all your belongings? Do you want to start in the bedrooms, kitchen, or living room?

Try making a strategy that can streamline the process. For example, you can pack up all your winter or summer clothes—depending on the season, of course—non-essential kitchen items, unused furniture, and so on.

Meet Your Neighbors

Once you’ve arrived in your new home, you should meet your neighbors as soon as possible. You can meet new friends, receive tips on street cleaning, and learn what’s going on in the neighborhood!

While you don’t need to go door-to-door to say hi to every neighbor, greeting neighbors when you see them outside is always a nice gesture. You want to have pleasant relationships with them as you may just find yourself needing some quick help now and then! 

Explore Your Neighborhood

Lastly, get out and go explore your new territory! Take a bike or go on foot and see what’s around you. Find where the local café, park, or grocery store is. Meet the other locals and establish your position as a familiar face. In no time, you’ll stake your place as a local! 

The Bottom Line

Moving is a stressful process, but before you can get to that step, you need to find the right home for you and your family. Doing so takes time, energy, and patience. If you’re looking for a stunning new home in the St. Louis area, reach out to the Rolwes Company.

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This post was written by Madison Nedrig

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