|Moving from NY to FL
Out of state or cross country moves are like stress on top of stress. Often times you don't have much more than a three day weekend to find a place to live. How do you get your cars there? I don't know about you, but I wasn't about to drive from CA to NY. Let me stop you there, get any ideas of the worlds greatest road trip out of your head, especially if you're traveling with pets. While we flew from CA to NY (which was it's own nightmare), D and I decided to drive from NY to FL. Petal to the metal the entire way. We ate all of our meals at the gas stations we stopped to refuel at. One night in a crappy hotel (they're aren't a lot of 5 stars along the highway that will accommodate travels with pets) and we were all miserable. I mean look at these faces, and my arm.
|The girls traveling from NY to FL
|My arm after getting the girls from NY to FL
For five years D and I were moving machines. Selling, buying, selling, renting, renting and buying houses all along the way (that's the actual sequence of things). The first time around things were exciting and completely frightening all at once. With each move we gained more experience some of which I'll be sharing with you today.
1. Don't buy clothes until you get to where you're going. We moved from San Diego to Williamsville in early March, which means full blown winter. I remember trying to shop for clothes for an east coast winter here at my local mall. What a joke! Good golly I was so young and naive. Me being the planner that I am though, I wanted to be prepared. Let me tell you, there's no way to prepare for -19 degree temps in a climate where the average temperature is 72. Bring what you have and wait to shop in your new home state. True story, when we landed at the Buffalo airport before I had even stepped outside, I started crying because it was so cold. Day 1 and I was already crying!
|We Are Penn State!
4. Cheer for the local sports teams. I'm not saying sell out, I'm just saying join in and cheer for the home team (if they're not playing your team of course). Little things like this will help you feel a bit more connected to the people in your new state. Something about drinking beer and cheering for the same outcome does that for you.
|D and I at the first Winter Classic cheering on the Buffalo Sabres
6. Embrace the culture. Buffalo had a huge Polish community. Florida had lots of Latin influence. Eat the food, go to a festival or an art show. I'm now addicted to this fantastic Colombian soup, ajiaco, which I never would have discovered had I not stepped out of my comfort zone and experienced the culture that only living in a new state brought me.
7. Negotiate your realtor's commission (whether you're buying or selling). Each state may have different rates, but I believe the average is 3%. Always negotiate that, even if it's just by half a percent. Every time you sell a home you're losing your hard earned money to realtor commissions, Fight to keep as much of it as possible. There are lots of fish in the sea so if one realtor doesn't agree, find another.
8. Make a list of all your vendor contacts (the car carrier, the moving company, your real estate agent, hotels you'll be staying in, your pets veterinarian etc.). Scrambling to find a number while you're on the road is not always easy, so take some of the stress off yourself and be prepared.
9. Plan on things not working out according to plan. We had to move hotels after we arrived in Buffalo because the house we purchased ended up closing a day late and the hotel we booked for the previous two nights was sold out. Not fun no, but when you're making a big move these things are bound to happen. Prepare yourself mentally for a few bumps in the road.
10. Like number 8, make a list of things you need to do post move. All of the things I mentioned above, plus about a million others. You don't want to wait until you have an emergency situation to find a doctor. Getting yourself established in your new state as quickly as possible is key. If you guys want, I can put together a checklist for you? Let me know.
Sounds pretty overwhelming right, well it is, but the above will definitely help ease the transition a bit. Would I do it again, in a heartbeat. Will I do it again, never say never. Have you guys made an out of state move? What are some moving tips you have to share?