Whether you’re relocating across the state or across the country, every move comes with its own set of challenges. Aside from organizing, packing, and actually transporting all of your belongings, relocation can present a variety of headaches. The housing market, the transportation, and even the weather may not be what you’re used to. Planning your move can be even more difficult if you’re simultaneously planning for retirement.
Because moving to a completely new area also means learning about a new housing market and a new community, we wanted to share a few relocation tips to help you ease into your new home here in Clayton, NC.
6 Tips for Easy Moving to Clayton, NC
Research housing costs & options
Home prices, sizes, styles, and conditions can vary drastically from one city to another. Take some time to research the real estate market, and consider these questions when searching for your new home:
- How much are local property taxes?
- How large of a home can you afford?
- Is it cheaper to rent or buy a home?
Check the weather
If you’re moving far away from your current home to relocate to a new area, you may want to consider the new weather conditions and adjust your wardrobe.
For instance, The Walk at East Village is located in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, which has very moderate weather year-round. You probably don’t have to worry too much about snow boots and heavy winter coats!
Research healthcare options
Healthcare becomes more and more important as we age. If you’re relocating to the Clayton area for retirement, you’ll want to see what healthcare options are available in the area, and whether that will be enough for your anticipated needs.
Clayton is advantageously located in the Triangle, which is home to three major healthcare systems: WakeMed, Duke Health, and UNC Health. The Walk is also located just a short drive from Johnston Health, a brand new medical center in Clayton.
Downsize your belongings
For many, relocating for retirement means leaving behind a large and hard-to-care-for home for something smaller and easier to maintain. The upside is that you'll have significantly more time to spend enjoying your new community. The downside is that all your current belongings might not fit into your new home!
Use the time before your move to go through your belongings. You likely have a lot of old keepsakes or memorabilia that can be donated or thrown away. For some, this can be challenging… but think of it as a chance to relive good memories while shedding a little excess weight. Plus, moving is much easier with fewer belongings!
Plan for your move
The sooner you start preparing and packing, the more prepared you’ll be when moving day arrives! Make a detailed plan for how you will get your belongings from old home to new. Will you rent a trailer? Hire a moving company? Ship boxes via mail? Once you decide, consider these packing tricks:
- Label moving boxes by room
- Keep a list of items that are in each box
- Keep your most valuable possessions with you
Take it one step at a time
Moving, especially to a new area, can seem overwhelming. We recommend setting small goals. Search for homes for just 20 minutes. Pack just one box for the move. Make a pros and cons list for just one community. Sort through one shelf of a closet. Work little by little, step by step, and you’ll be ready to relocate in no time.
We’re Here to Make Your Relocation Easier
It’s much easier to move and adjust to a new area when you have a local guide to help you along the way. That’s why we’re here. We can give you all the information you need to know about relocating to Clayton, and maybe even some details you wouldn’t have considered. Our ultimate goal is helping you find the property that is best for you.
But we also want you to love living here just as much as we do. There is so much to explore, and we want to make it easier for you to get here and start spending your time enjoying Clayton.
Call or email us for more relocation tips. We’re more than happy to help.