Buying a Home in Valdosta While Out of State or Country
Moving to another state can be exciting and at the same time, it can cause added stress. When buying a home in Valdosta while out of state or country, there’s so much to do with a new move. You’ll need to find a house for sale, if you have kids, enroll them in new schools, pack, hire a moving company, and the list goes on. Take a deep breath, everything doesn’t have to be handled by you.
5 Important Tips on Purchasing A House Out of State
Research the Cost of Living Where You Are Moving
You may be moving because of a job transfer or orders to Moody Air Force Base. Whatever the case is, it is a great idea to know what it costs to live in Valdosta. Things to take into consideration: salary, housing, utilities, health care, day care, vehicles, gas, and any other bills you have. You can use this cost-of-living calculator to help.
A Knowledgeable Local Real Estate Agent Can Help
Finding a REALTOR® in another state can be tricky. If you are moving to Valdosta, Mercer Hughes Real Estate Group has a full team of REALTORS that can help you decide on the area you want to live and help you find a new home.
Even if you are not able to travel to Valdosta before your move, we can assist by narrowing down your search for a home. We have successfully helped many with their moves and those who never visited Valdosta before their move.
With technology nowadays, our agents can give video walk-throughs of a home. Many use Facetime and do a live walkthrough, once the search is narrowed down to a few homes. Our agents will help you through every step of the buying process, from selecting the neighborhood that will be a good fit for you, to making an offer, negotiating, and closing. We even have buyer’s agents who work only with buyers. The choice is yours, no matter who you choose on our team, they will always have your best interest at heart.
Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the most important steps you can take when considering buying a home. If you don’t already have a lender you work with, our Valdosta REALTORS work with a select group of lenders they can refer.
Before you go house hunting, you will want to get a pre-approval letter. This way your agent will know how much of a home you can afford and will not show you anything out of your price range. Having a healthy credit score will ensure you get the best rates possible.
Start a Moving Checklist
Organization is the key to a successful move. Having a moving checklist is a way to help you stay on top of things to do and stay organized. It also feels great to check items off your list. Moving to another state not only involves the household tasks, but also finding new insurance providers, doctors, dentists, utilities, vehicle registration, and more. Once you have moved out of your current home, you will need to cancel those services you no longer need, and a checklist can help you remember those things.
Hiring a Moving Company
Research moving companies. Look at their reviews, talk to them and get in home estimates. Talk to them about delivery times. You can choose to have the moving companies pack for you. If you prefer packing your items yourself, that will save money. If you decide to pack, make sure you are packing fragile items very carefully, to avoid breakage. If you have smaller extremely valuable items, consider taking those with you. When moving across states, it is a good idea to get moving insurance, just in case of damage.
You can check out moving guides here.
We understand moves can be stressful, but when you prepare and work with the right real estate company, you can have the assurance that you have people on your side to help take some of the house hunting burdens off you. The right realty company can provide you with resources for your move to Valdosta. Other relocation resources can be found on the Valdosta Chamber website. If you’ve never bought a home, check out our questions for first time home buyers or benefits of buying a home.
If you have further questions, reach out to us, we’re just a call away. 229-262-1388