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  • Writer's pictureRosetta Metz

Joining the Great Relocation

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The global pandemic has driven many cultural shifts. From changes in how we work, shop, and communicate to people considering moves in record numbers, the pandemic has touched everyone's life in one way or another. If you're like many people, you might be considering relocating — perhaps to or from Chicago, IL — due to market shifts and new values or goals. If you're considering moving, here are a few things to consider before loading the truck.

Considering Key Factors

While some people know exactly where they hope to move because of business or family, others search for their perfect spot. If this is you, it's important to write down a list of your requirements and wishes for your new city and to visit ahead of your move.

Be sure to look at the cost of living in the cities or towns you're considering, along with information on the local school system. Chicago, for instance, has an overall cost of living 6.9% higher than the national average. However, its housing costs are about 1% lower than average, its grocery costs are 3% below average, and its health care and utility costs are both close to 10% less than the national mean.

When searching for a new town, start with the official government page, and don't be afraid to pick up the phone to talk to local town officials and realtors. Most will be more than happy to tell you what makes their town unique, and it will give you information on whether the town might be a good match for you.

Home Warranties and Protections

Making a big move can be stressful. For this reason, it's a good idea to consider ways to take the worry out of your move and transition into your new home. As you make final plans around your new home purchase, be sure to look into home warranty coverage. Having coverage in case major home systems or appliances break can give you peace of mind as you get to know your new community. Reading home warranty reviews will help you determine the coverage you need.

When buying a home, be sure to check the home inspection report for any indications that existing warranties are expired. It's okay to ask if warranties extend to new owners and make decisions accordingly. The more protected you are, the less stress you'll have as you settle into your new home. If you'll be renting, check into renter's insurance instead.

Researching Ahead and Defining Goals

After narrowing down potential towns or homes, or even once you've found the right place for you, you'll want to make some goals for settling into your new community. If you're a social person, try joining Facebook or Meetup groups to get to know your neighbors ahead of time. Likewise, if you're opening a local business, contact the chamber of commerce and begin making networking connections sooner rather than later. If you'll need a job when you arrive in town, start sending out resumes and networking before your move.

Making the Final Move

Whether your move is to Chicago, IL, or a rural area, it will be more successful if you take the time to protect yourself, research your options, and define your goals in advance. Start by contacting a fantastic organizing company like Lettuce Organize to get your current home or workplace in order.

Author: Natalie Jones

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