How to Prepare for a Move to Maryland

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Maryland has become a popular place to live for Washington communities and families. This state may be small when compared with neighboring Virginia and Pennsylvania, but it has its own unique benefits and many residents are proud to call it their home. If you are planning a relocation to the great state of Maryland, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Follow these tips to ensure that the move to your new home goes smoothly.

Research local neighborhoods beforehand.

If you are moving to the area for work, you might not have much time to visit all of the various local neighborhoods like Baltimore or Annapolis to find the perfect area for your needs. But every mover wants to live somewhere close to work, as well as somewhere that has good schools, and is considered safe, and fun.

You can ask your realtor for areas that they recommend and conduct online research to see what others have to say. For example, Nalula allows you to sort through homes that offer the best deals for their prices, so that you can find up-and-coming neighborhoods that will get hot soon. Click here to explore this tool before you pack up your belongings and take a chance.

If you have a job that offers remote work options, (a growing trend in recent years, but made more commonplace due to the spread of COVID-19,) then your commute may be less of an issue. As a result, you can focus on moving to an area with good schools and an active community.

Find local movers who know the area.

When moving to Maryland, you can choose whether you want to live in a rural area, within the suburbs, or nestled into an urban condo. However, each of these options comes with its own challenges for movers. Consider hiring local movers in Maryland who can help you unpack and get settled. These movers will know how to park legally in busy urban areas and can provide the right equipment to handle heavy furniture and belongings that you can’t carry yourself. This will give you peace of mind, as these professionals have years of experience in local moves and long distance relocation.

Even if you want to self-move out of your old place, a moving company or professional movers can be invaluable when settling into this state.

Decide whether you are upgrading or downsizing.

Evaluate the current state of your house and decide what you need in your new Maryland home. If you are living in a cramped start-home that isn’t made for kids and large families, then it may be time to upgrade to a larger space. However, if your kids have left the house and you are approaching retirement, then you may want a small home without extra bedrooms, an office, or even stairs.

Prioritizing your needs ahead of time will help you look for them in a home to buy. For example, if you are downsizing, you can look for a higher-end condo in the city. If you want to buy a larger home that is fit for kids, you may want to look farther out in the suburbs. These priorities will also help you set a realistic budget when you meet with your realtor.

Consider renovating before you move.

Moving to a new state and a new house is stressful enough, the last thing you want is to further disrupt your life with renovations. However, it’s also unlikely that the home you buy meets your needs and design aesthetic perfectly. Consider delaying the move to start your renovations if possible, or even living in temporary housing with your furniture and large items in storage.

Renovations are easier when the homeowner isn’t there. You can replace the carpet easier when there isn’t any furniture in the room and turn off the water for plumbing repairs if necessary. Plus, your life won’t be disrupted by contractors and other workers who need to be in your house throughout the day.

Once you are fully established in your new Maryland home, the only thing left to do is enjoy it! Enjoy some classic blue crab dishes and cheer the Orioles and Ravens on to their next victories.

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