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10 Relocation Headaches and How to Avoid Them

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  1. Not having enough details & demographics about your new hometown.
    Gather as much information as possible about your new destination, from sources such as the RPS community information page, Chamber of Commerce newcomer packages, information sites like CLICKCITY, location magazines (see our on-line bookstore) and your Realtor. You can receive a FREE "INSIDERS GUIDE TO RELOCATION Handbook" through our request form
  2. Not having your home priced and showable for selling.
    Check your home thoroughly for all needed repairs before listing it for sale.  pay attention to details such as gapped caulking, chipped tiles,'s often these little things that potential buyers will notice. Have the home professionally cleaned, including carpets. Check out "Preparing to Sell Your Home," a checklist of items to make your home more marketable.  If you haven't had your home appraised in the last two years, do it before putting the home up for sale.  Also, have one or two Realtors give you a Comparable Market Analysis. This will show what other comparable home in your neighborhood have sold for recently. Overpricing your home at the outset will result in slow showings and a delay in selling.
  3. Poor research of what your money can buy in your new city.
    Many factors such as differing salary, cost of living, taxes and housing prices affect what the same dollar can buy in different parts of the country. Go to our mortgage page for salary and financial calculators; also, resources such as the Chamber of Commerce, Realtors, and Runzheimer Reports can give you this information. Also, new programs such as "My Relo Software" (available in our on-line bookstore and computer stores) take your personal financial data and apply it to the city you plug it into, giving you a detailed personalized report.
  4. Not getting a mortgage pre-qualification letter before house-hunting.
    While pre-qualifying with a mortgage company doesn't provide final loan approval, it does give you a realistic price guideline and shows sellers that you are a serious and qualified buyer. A good Relocation Realtor can provide you with mortgage options to pre-qualify within 24 hours.  See our mortgage page for loan calculators, salary calculators and dozens of invaluable articles and tips on mortgages and buying a home.  Another valuable tool is your credit's smart to see what it contains clear up any inaccurate information before pre-qualification.  you can obtain a copy of your credit report on-line from QSpace, an RPS Partner.
  5. Not protecting yourself with the best home inspection possible.
    This goes for both the home you're selling as well as the one you're buying, although who pays for the inspection (buyer or seller) is negotiable in each separate contract. A good inspector should be:  A member of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors); Bonded, licensed & insured; Able to provide references; Upfront about their fees and what is included (are termite inspections extra, for example.) Your RPS counselor, Realtor or mortgage loan officer can recommend a certified inspection company.
  6. Not setting up adequate interim housing between destinations.
    When you first arrive in your new town, you'll most likely need to have temporary housing arrangements until you can close and move into a new home, or find a permanent rental.  Doing adequate research and working with a reputable company to arrange your temporary housing will make all the difference in the world to the initial adjustment period of your move. Quality temporary housing, including worry-free customer response and all-inclusive service, will ensure that all the details are taken care of and allow you to arrive in your new city in comfort.  not having to worry about cramped hotel rooms, utility connections or what the apartment really looks like (gee, the pictures were nice!) allows you to concentrate on your new job, your family and arranging for your permanent housing.  Your RPS counselor can research and prepare a proposal of quality temporary housing options for you, free of charge.
  7. Your spouse having difficulty with a career transition.
    If your spouse had to quit his or her job for the relocation, or if you are both looking for new opportunities via the move, this aspect is vital to the economic and emotional well-being of your family.  most people fail to utilize and take advantage of all the resources available for their career needs.  The key to this endeavor is building and cultivating a network of contacts.   this network can be established starting with friends and colleagues in your departure city; be sure everyone you know and come in contact with knows about your search, and ask them for referrals.  subscribing to the newspaper and business journals in your destination city, making use of on-line job databanks and employment agencies, recruiters, career counselors, professional and networking associations and any resources your employer provides strengthens your network. The RPS Careers page gives more resources, as can your RPS counselor.
  8. Difficulty finding the best schools and daycare providers in the new city.
    Families considering a relocation are wise to place the quality of their children's education and care at the top of their priority list. Evaluating school districts and child care options of each neighborhood before you make final housing decisions is important. You can do this by looking up school profiles on our website, and then contacting the individual school district for complete packages which most will mail to you complimentary. If possible, take your children (or at least your spouse) on a visit to the schools under consideration. You can also call the National Committe for Citizens in Education (1-800-NET-WORK) for their excellent low cost education brochures available in English and Spanish. Our Schools page also has a resource for finding and evaluating day cares nationwide.
  9. Fears that your children are not adjusting well to the move.
    Children may feel lost and experience a wide range of emotions during a relocation.  They may feel sad or angry about leaving their friends and familiar surroundings. Moving can be a traumatic or a positive experience, and often how we present and handle it is what swings the pendulum one way or another. Often we, as adults, are under so much stress and have so many details to handle during a relocation that we can become too focused on what needs to get done. The temptation is to get settled in as soon as possible so the family will feel at home in your new surroundings; but taking time to talk with your children about their feelings and allowing them time to adjust is vital. Our Kids Issues page tells you what is the most prevalent problem among different age groups, as well as tips on how to make the move easier for your kids.
  10. Being hit with a case of "culture shock" after your move.
    When people are physically removed from their cozy secure existence and transplanted into another culture, the changes can be traumatizing. Culture shock can manifest itself in feelings ranging from mild apathy to severe anxiety, and may display itself in headaches, stomachaches, impatience, difficulty sleeping and possibly anger. These feelings can and do pass in time; if they do not, consider seeing a physician. One coping method is to make your new life as pleasant as possible and incorporate things that were pleasant to you in the past.   this can mean plants, books, treasured momentos; or finding local classes, organizations, and activities that you were involved in before. You should be able to talk to someone about your adjustments; occassional trips back home may help. It usually takes six to ten months for someone to feel at home in a new environment.

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