Relocating at the drop of a hat is quite common nowadays, especially with those in pursuit of a dream job, or going to grad school. With an unemployment rate of 7.4%, many Americans are finding job positions that are worth the move to the uncertain. According to an article by CNNMoney, the readiness of many Americans to relocate is a reflection of the country's economic recovery. However mobile you or your family may be, relocating in the timeframe of 10 days to lets say, 3 months, stills bears a lot of stress to take on. With finding a new home, good school systems, maybe a new car, not to mention packing up your life in boxes--moving always guarantees an added level of anxiety of the uncertain. So if you're ready to take the plunge of relocating to another home, neighborhood, job and city, then accept the long list of responsibilities that awaits before you. Here's a short list of how to handle relocating with the least stress possible: 5. Sell your home before buying the next one
Here are two reasons: 1). To start, imagine how difficult it would be to handle two mortgages at the same time. Car payments, college loans, moving expenses--you're basically asking for added stress. 2). Because of these long list of expenses, most lenders today won't approve a short-term bridge loan if you're trying to buy a new home before selling your old one. Your best bet is to sell your home first or at least rent your new place. 4. Figure out the daily commute time
This may seem like common sense, but many who relocate are so bogged down with securing a place to live that they overlook the details. A common one is commuting time, for instance, from work to home. Or home to the children's school. It's one thing if GoogleMaps says it's a 15 minute drive, but if you ask around, you may find that that main highway route will make your commute an hour long drive, not 15 minutes. Visit SigAlert.com for real time alerts and projected times of various commute routes. Factors such as this one may really affect the quality of life for some people, especially if it's one experienced on a daily basis. 3. Secure an agent that won't rush you
Here's another example of what seems to be common sense. Agents can be found everywhere and anywhere. But there are agents out there who specialize in relocation. Additionally, these agents understand that you may not want to buy right away, but would rather rent until you find the perfect fit. These agents understand what you're going through and will work hard to match your wants, needs and tastes in a home. How to find a good agent? Word of mouth and reputation are better indicators than whatever pops up on your search feed. It;s also a good idea to check our their reviews on popular real estate sites, such as Zillow.com. 2. Don't forget the kids
Of course you won't forget the kids and leave them behind. What we mean is make sure to be open and honest about the move. Kids like to know what's going on so open communication will make the entire relocation less stressful if they're excited about it. Talk to your kids before and during the move about where they are going, what the new town/city will be like, and more importantly, why they should be excited about it. There are even books out there in the market for occasions such as moving. Getting your kids on board will make the move so much less stressful, especially on moving day. One suggestion is to have someone else watch them while packing. 1. Check your homeowners insurance
If you haven't already, make sure to renew your policy before packing up. And ask your insurer if your stuff will be covered during the move. There are various ways of obtaining insurance and some even suggest getting a third-party moving insurance rather than one offered by movers. You should also contact your insurance company at your new destination.