Landing the right job can be a challenge, but sometimes that success requires relocating to a new area. Moving to an unfamiliar location can be daunting, especially if school-age children are involved in the move. Thus, finding the right neighborhoods and/or school districts is vital to a long-term good experience. Your local real estate agent who has an established network of contacts throughout the area should be a primary resource for the information needed. In addition, putting your own network to good use by using the following tips may provide even greater insights that pave the path to your new home.

If you already have a job in your new location, then consider checking with your new company’s human resources department for any assistance they can offer. Finding out key specifics, such as where to go to get your car registered or obtain a new driver’s license, will undoubtedly be beneficial to your smooth transition.

Social media sites, such as Facebook, are also great places to find information about your new home town. If you’re comfortable online, consider letting your friends and contacts know where you’re planning to move and ask for information about the area that can be shared. Information regarding neighborhoods, schools, local parks, attractions, favorite restaurants or other places of interest is particularly useful in acclimating to a new community.  Additional online resources to consider may include other Social Media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest or Instagram.  The more you reach out to others, the more response and information you are likely to receive.

Before making any final decisions, definitely arrange to visit and familiarize yourself first hand with the options you’ll have.  Advance planning for your scouting trip should maximize your use of limited time and include stops at specific shops, services, schools or even restaurants that may be important to you.

Your local real estate agent may be happy to help you structure this tour, so definitely tap into your Realtor’s area knowledge by asking specific questions for answers to key concerns that will make your search for a new home a much easier and more enjoyable experience. For relocation assistance and help finding a top notch real estate professional in the area you are moving to, feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the relocating process or provide you information regarding Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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