Relocating to The Raleigh Area
Relocating—whether it's across the state or the world—can come with a few challenges. Luckily, having the right real estate agent on your side can ensure a smooth transition to your new home. If you're thinking about relocating to the Triangle, Linda Craft & Team have a few tips to help you settle in and make your move a breeze. Take a look at some of our tips, and let us know if there's anything we can do to be of assistance!
Before You Move
Moving doesn't have to be stressful if you start in advance. Here's how you can begin the process before the big day!
Declutter your home
It's normal to have some extra stuff you might not need anymore, especially if you've lived in your old house for a while. Before the move, take some time to declutter each room in your home, sorting your belongings into "keep," "donate/sell," and "throw away" piles. Start with any problem areas, such as your attic, garage, and closets. If necessary, rent a storage unit that you can keep until moving day.
If you're relocating during spring or summer, make reservations with a moving company as far in advance as possible. Movers have limited availability during busier seasons, so it's best to make plans ahead of time to secure your preferred vendor. Our team can share some of our favorite movers if you're looking for recommendations!
Change your address
A week or two before your move, notify all important loved ones, service providers, and the post office of your address change. Your bank, doctors, and insurance companies should know about your new address as soon as possible. Now is also a good time to get acquainted with future utility providers, schools, as well as how to register your vehicle and get a North Carolina license.
Handy Packing Tips
- Label: Ensure all of your boxes are labelled by room. Color-coding can make the process easier!
- Protect: Collect bubble wrap, plastic bags, tissue paper, blankets, and packing peanuts to add padding to boxes.
- Reinforce: Only use reinforced boxes to keep your items safe. Special wardrobe and electronic boxes can help you move difficult objects.
- Wrap: Cover larger furniture with plastic wrap or blankets to prevent scratches.
- Take Care: If you have any valuables, consider bringing them with you throughout the move.
- Be Careful: Avoid packing flammable, combustable, corrosive, or explosive items.
On Moving Day
The big day is finally here! Follow these tips to ensure a hassle-free transition into your new home.
Pack an overnight bag
There's a good chance you might make it to your new home before the moving truck. If this happens, pack an overnight bag with all of your essentials, such as phone chargers, medication, and a change of clothes. If you're driving, flying, or staying in a hotel, it might be a good idea to pack for multiple days.
Do a final walkthrough
Before you leave your old home, do a final walkthrough to make sure everything is in working order for the new homeowners. Check all spaces—especially closets—to see if you've left anything behind. This is also a good time to relive some of your best memories you made in your old place!
Deep clean everything
Once you get to your new home, take some time to deep clean everything. Scrubbing all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies is much easier without furniture—but if you're feeling a little exhausted, it's worth splurging on a professional cleaning service to do the hard work for you.
After You Move
Unpacking can take a while, especially after a long relocation. Don't stress about not getting everything done at once!
Sort your boxes
This is when labelling and color-coding your boxes comes in handy! As soon as possible, put your boxes in the room they belong in. Start unpacking your essential rooms first, like the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Once the necessities are covered, you can work at your own pace.
Get to know the area
Relocating to an exciting area like Raleigh is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you want to live like a Triangle local, take a break from unpacking to explore our amazing communities! We recommend going for a hike through Umstead State Park, shopping the day away at North Hills, or sampling some delicious restaurants around town. Feel free to give us a call with any questions!
Most new homeowners want to do a little work to their place after they move in. If you're looking to tackle renovations as soon as possible, ask around for referrals to some great local businesses. We'd be happy to share our vetted network with you—Linda Craft & Team have preferred vendors for just about any project or service!
Relocate with the Triangle's Top Agents
If you're thinking about relocating to the Triangle, Linda Craft & Team are here to help. With hundreds of years of combined experience, we have what it takes to ensure your relocation goes off without a hitch—and we'd be happy to offer recommendations throughout your transition! Give us a call at 919-233-6313 to get started today!