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Welcome Home to Your New State

When you relocate for work, whether it’s with a company, you’re moving your business or starting your own business in a new state, you’ve got a lot of homework to do. One of your best resources for learning the information you need to make informed decisions is through a real estate agent from that area.

Your First Points of Contact, Including Your Realtor and Online Doctor

If your planned move takes you to the New York City area, real estate experts can guide you through the best neighborhoods for your home and business. He’ll have the insight into properties that may not have come to the market yet, can help you negotiate the best price, and help you find all the local resources you’ll need to make your move as effortless and stress-free as possible.

According to World Population Review, about 8.2 million people call New York City home, making it the largest city in the U.S. The median purchase price for a home is approximately $1.4 million in Manhattan. NYU Furman Center notes that over two-thirds of the population rent their homes. Entertainment, the dining scene, and attractions there are legendary, and the population is one of the most diverse in the country.

As you’re moving from another state, you’ll want to be intentional about getting a new doctor for you and your family. In this regard, a virtual doctor visit saves time, before, during and after the move. Telehealth makes it possible to find online doctors, allowing you to connect with board-certified physicians to discuss everything from treatment options to filling or refilling prescriptions, even before you move. Plus, it’s covered by most major insurance providers, giving you additional peace of mind.

Home Purchase

Purchasing a home in New York is a huge investment, as it is in any city you might want to move to. Home prices are on the risealong with business properties, so take the time to make sure that purchase or lease is in your best interest. Here are some key factors most homebuyers consider when choosing a home.

  • Location. Location is the one thing about your home that you cannot change, and therefore should be the single most important decision you make when buying a home.
  • Price. It’s easy to get starry-eyed when we find a home we absolutely love, so make sure you have a firm top-end price you know you can afford and stick to it.
  •  Schools. Even if you don’t currently have school-age children, keep in mind that one day might, future home buyers, should you decide to sell later, will factor that in.
  • Taxes. Property taxes vary from county to county and can be significantly higher or lower even when they’re not that distant from each other geographically.

After purchasing a home, you’ll want to gauge what items you may need to make your new home meet your needs and your standard of living. This includes kitchen appliances, room accessories, and home gym equipment. For starters, home product reviews are helpful as you research what’s available online. Of course, purchasing products to outfit your new home is easier than ever thanks to online delivery from virtually any retailer or manufacturer, which means delivery and installation can coincide neatly with move-in day or soon thereafter.

Protect Your Investment

Once you purchase your home, it’s important to protect yourself from unforeseen or unexpected repairs. Homeowner’s insuranceonly covers damage to your home’s structure, theft of belongings, and injuries that happen on your property. If you want coverage in case home systems or appliances break down, you’ll need to invest in a home warranty, for which home product reviews are helpful. This is an annually renewable contract that can cover breakdowns to your heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems, along with covering appliance repairs. Before choosing a home warranty company, be sure and read reviews from others on their experience with the home warranty.

When you do find you need to hire a contractor for home repair, contact your realtor or talk to neighbors, but always be sure and read reviews and customer ratings before contracting with one.

Business Owners

If you’re considering starting a business in your new location, create a business plan to improve your chances of success. Your business plan should describe your company, detail how you’ll sell your services, describe how your business will be structured, and include what funding you’ll need and financial projections. You can hire a professional to write your business plan for you, or find an online template that can guide you through the process. Consider your business strategy and structure to give you the best tax advantage, like forming your business as an LLC.

Contact your local Chamber of Commerce for networking opportunities. Attend as many business and social events as you can to introduce yourself to your new community. By designing and printing your own custom business cards, you can be sure to have plenty on hand.

Moving to a new state can be exciting, you’re starting a brand new chapter in your life. Doing all your homework first means less stress and more time to get to know your neighbors, your community, and your new way of life.

Author: Jackie Waters, Hyper-Tidy.com