to a new city
can be quite overwhelming. It can be difficult to narrow down where you
would like to live in a city like Chicago
with so many housing options.
The first step in the relocation
process is becoming familiar with the local housing market in Chicago
This will help you can make informed decisions about where to buy, and
what type of housing you can get for your money. Finding and buying a home
can be a risky and complicated endeavor if you are not well-informed about the
choices available to you, even when you are moving within the local area you
are already familiar with. Couple this with relocating to an entirely new city-
possibly with a new job, family concerns, and a new lifestyle- and it could be
the single most important decision you make.
The expertise of a professional,
experienced Diplomat realtor is highly advisable.
Working with an experienced
realtor can be the best solution to obtaining the most information about the
area, schools, taxes, local housing values and trends, etc.
Select an agent well before you arrive to your
destination - even if you don't plan to purchase for several
months. Finding a realtor that is experienced and involved in the
relocation industry is very important, because they will know that you need
detailed information on neighborhoods, amenities, schools, and local housing
prices before you even begin to decide where you will narrow your search for a
Before you talk to a realtor, it
is a good idea to define what is really important to you in a home and
neighborhood. Ask yourself these questions:
1) Do we prefer a rural or city
2) What recreational facilities are important to us?
3) How far am I willing to be from work?
4) Is access to public transportation or school buses important?
5) What type of housing is our ideal - single family home, townhome,
condominium, country home?
6) What type of rooms do we need? How many living areas, bedrooms and
7) What are our future needs? Is our family growing or will our children
be nearing adulthood? Do we foresee needing a home office or would we
like to have space for a pool?
8) What is the difference between the average home price in my current town,
and the average in my destination? What will the same dollar buy - more
or less? What about cost of living other than housing? Factor in
any difference in your salary or income that the move will bring.
9) What loan amount do we qualify for? What monthly payment is
comfortable for us?
This will prepare you to begin
looking and find the best home in your new town!
Careful consideration is needed when
deciding whether to hire a moving company or do it yourself.? Many factors are
involved, such as the distance of the move, the size of your household, the time
factor involved and the budget or company reimbursement you have for this
Pros & Cons
of Moving Yourself
Pros & Cons
of Hiring a Full Service Van Line
cost savings can be
considerable, possibly into the thousands of dollars.? moving yourself can
usually save at least half of what a household goods transportation company will
charge you, even if you rent a truck and pay helpers for their labor.
you assume full responsibility
for the move, labor and damages.
packing all your belongings
yourself gives you a better organizational opportunity to inventory, rearrange,
throw away, give away, and tag items for garage sales.
the time savings and ease of
move are tremendous with a professional mover.
the cost can vary greatly,
depending on whether you include packing/unpacking, insurance limits & what
company you choose.
most companies offer
references and free estimates.? a binding estimate
holds both you &
the company to the price quoted; a physical inspection is usually necessary.? a
is an approximation of costs; federal law requires
a limit of no more than 10 percent additional charges.
many companies will guarantee
pickup and delivery dates; if you're in a time crunch, this may be the only way
When coordinating the move of
household goods, several items require special care and attention.? Anytime you
are moving pets, automobiles, waterbeds, antiques, plants, waterbeds or
office/high-tech equipment, extra planning and coordination is
two major items that need special moving are autos and family pets.? When
considering automobiles in a move, often a full-service moving company will
place a vehicle in the moving van.? When moving yourself, auto tow-trailers can
be hitched to the back of a moving truck.? These arrangements, however, usually
only handle one vehicle.? When considering a second or third vehicle, there are
your vehicles prior to moving, and purchase new ones at your destination.
one of the family members drive the vehicle to your destination.
an automobile transportation service to move the extra vehicle (s) for
"Timing is everything" when arranging a professional auto move.?
Scheduling the move can be a challenging, complex and sometimes overwhelming
undertaking.? There are school and office hours to consider, for example. It is
important to use an auto mover that coordinates the move so that it most suits
your needs, creating a smooth transition.
appointment & have your pet examined by your veterinarian; collect pet
Ask your vet for
a reference for a practitioner in the new city.
should be booked four weeks ahead of departure for domestic moves and six to
eight weeks prior to international flights.
If you are
moving overseas, your pet must be examined & vaccinated 30 days
Secure a form of
identification to your pet's collar.
When booking a hotel or
corporate housing, make sure the management allows pets.
Before crossing into another
state, know that some states have border inspection of all animals.
Limit feeding of your pets to
once a day during the move, preferably in the evening, unless your veterinarian
The appropriate size for a
kennel should allow your pet room to stand up, lie down, and turn around in
If you are moving locally,
take your pets on several visits to the new home before you move in to
familiarize them with their new habitat.
Here are some steps you may
want to take to ensure results and a positive relocation:
Search Online Job Databases
- thousands of jobs searchable by
occupation or location.
Contact friends and acquaintances
both in your desired field of
work and the area you are moving to, regardless of their field.? Even people in
a different industry know the city and can give you ideas on what companies to
approach & to avoid; as well, they may know someone in your field and be
willing to refer you.
Subscribe to the Sunday newspaper
in the town you are moving to.?
Not only should you research want ads, but read the business section as
spouse's company is responsible for the move, check with their human
to see if they have trailing spouse
Contact the Chamber of Commerce.
? Most have lists of the top
businesses in the area.
local business, civic and networking clubs.
Contact the State Employment Commission
Make appointments with executive recruiters and employment
? Bbe sure to find out if you or the employer is charged, if they
negotiate the hiring contract, if you would actually work for the agency or for
the client employer, and carefully review any contract or have an attorney look
it over before signing.
Sign up with a temporary agency.
? This can provide you with a job
and income while you continue your search; in addition, many temp jobs lead to
Consider your own business
, as either a part-time or interim
business, or as a whole new career direction!