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Attempting to move a great distance in the US

Updated on December 30, 2015

Relocation issues when moving to another part of the country

I am in the very early stages of moving from New Jersey to Austin Texas. I have moved only twice before in my whole life and the second time was to a development only few miles away from my first house. I have never moved a great distance before and to be honest I am very intimidated by all the many logistical problems from moving a great distance away in the United States.

For one thing, suppose you move to this new location and then you don't like it? So to solve that problem I am planning to visit Austin later this year, most likely in either late May or June. I am very impressed with the quality and prices of houses in Austin, which are far better than New Jersey, but my initial concerns are that the property taxes are better than New Jersey but not that much better. Another issue about Austin I don't like is any house or development that is in a flat area. I insist on having some trees and privacy, which is not going to be that easy in Austin Texas.

Other issues include worries about moving companies and all the bad stories I have heard about over the years when some of these companies actually hold your belongings hostage until you pay them an outrageous amount of money. So the issue becomes, how can you guarantee that you find an honest moving company? Perhaps the best thing to do is sell most of your stuff before you move rather than risking getting ripped off after you move across the country?

The logistical problems are many and they of course include getting rid of your current house within the range of time that would allow you to just roll the money from the sale of your current house right into your new house. Whether or not you need the money for the new house to buy it, nobody wants to incur the expenses of two houses at the same time, regardless of a mortgage on either house. Closing costs are another problem and of course dealing with lawyers for two closings of your current house and new house.

Selling your house and buying a new one

So what is the best way to sell your house and then buy a new house? This is the dilemma that has given many people strokes and heart attacks over the years. After years of thinking about moving across country and all the stress associated with this, I have finally decided that it has to be that the best strategy is to sell your house first even before even considering looking for a new house in the new location. However, if your relocating for a job in many cases this is not possible and in this case many people have to get what is called a "Bridge Loan" where you get a loan from a bank to help you essentially pay for two mortgages at the same time. I was almost in this position in 1987 when I sold my first house and it was taking too long to sell. There was no way I could go through getting a bridge loan and thank God I found a buyer in time to get me out of my previous house and into the house I am in right now.

Right now I could afford to buy a new house but maintaining the association fees and expenses on this house would be too overwhelming and cause too much stress so for me its going to be "Sell before I move". The good thing about my possible destination which will be Austin Texas is that there are many ready to buy houses there right now that I could move into, which hopefully will not take too long in between closing on my house here and moving into a new house there.


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Moving your Car Across country?

When you consider a move over many thousands of miles and then driving your car a great distance, what is the best strategy? Should you hire someone to drive you car there, the auto-train, or just drive it yourself. Consider the wear and tear on your car, and the ordeal of driving many thousands of miles. Clearly this is something you only want to do once in a lifetime. Perhaps the best thing to do is to just sell your car and then just buy a new one but the problem there is its additional moving cost that you just don't want to have. I would say that the best decision here would be to put your car in a truck and have it driven to the new location but this decision would be dependent on just how far the move is.

The bottom line is if the move is under 1000 miles then I would say its probably best to just drive your car to the new location. Otherwise I would hire a company to take care of this for you.

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Buying New or Buying Used?

The ultimate dilemma. Should you buy a new house when you relocate or buy an existing house. Even when you buy a used house, there can still be problems waiting for the person who is living in the existing house to move. Suppose they are having problems moving? How long will they take to move?

If you buy a new house, how long will it take for the new house to be built? Is the estimate the builder is giving you when you break ground on the new home accurate? I can remember when I bought my first home in 1984 that I was told that the new condominium building would take 6 months to build and in reality it took 13 long months. The excuse the builder used was because there was so much rain. Its one thing to have a long 7 months delay when you already have a place to live but when you don't, and you have to rent an apartment or some other place to live this can be a nightmare. So there can be major problems when you buy a new home or an existing home. Of the two I would have to believe that the problems are probably less with a new home.

I was told that you can structure a contract to state that you will not buy a new home unless your current home sells. For me this is a must have clause in any real estate contract because I would never want to have two houses at the same time and incur all of those additional costs.

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Moving Insurance and Moving Companies

We have all heard horror stories over the years about moving companies holding a persons property hostage. The nightmare is that you are waiting for your stuff to arrive in your new house and suddenly it no longer costs to move your stuff into your new house - its suddenly much more than you ever thought. You are being held hostage for your own stuff, all because you picked a moving company that is a criminal organization. Now what do you do? The first thing I would ask myself is "Do I have moving insurance?" Well if you don't you are in some real trouble and most especially if you are moving some irreplaceable items that of course could never be replaced by insurance. So how do you get your stuff back? The moving company is holding your own stuff for ransom? Thank God for organizations like Angie's List because the odds of a very serious rip off is much less if you check out a company before you use them for something as important as moving to a new house or to a different state. For me I would have to say that the best thing would be go get rid of as many things as possible before selling your house. This way you would reduce the cost of the move to a new location or a new state. Then have the moving company thoroughly checked out by ever organization you can think of to avoid a nightmare like your own possessions being held hostage. After that I would still buy insurance because things can be lost, stolen or broken, especially with a move across country.

Visiting a new location before moving

I am in the early stages of making plans to visit the Austin and San Antonio areas in a few months long before making the ultimate decision to move there. My question is, how long should I visit? How many days is enough? Obviously this is a very costly visit, considering the flight, rent-a-car and hotels and motels i will be staying there as I try to get a feeling of 2 major cities in Texas.

My recent concerns are the Tornadoes and bad weather in the southern states including Texas. Supposedly tornadoes are rare in the southern part of the state but who knows if that will continue. Perhaps because of global warming this problem will get worse over time and there will be serious weather issues in Austin or San Antonio in the near future.

Another consideration for a cross country move - Weather!

Within a few weeks of a possible planned trip to Austin Texas and San Antonio there have been several stories about bad weather including Tornadoes in the state of Texas. While most of these bad storms have been concentrated more in Northern or Central Texas there is of course the concern that they could eventually move more south to Austin and San Antonio due to the advent of Global Warming effects which over the years seem to be getting worse. Now what? Go ahead with my plan to visit there or just resign myself to living here in New Jersey where just about everything is way overpriced. I have until mid-June to make this decision.

Of course my decision to move to Texas will take into account the weather we have seen the last few days and my concern is that even though tornadoes have not reached as far south in Texas as Austin or San Antonio, you have to wonder if this will happen in the future. I am also concerned about the heat in Texas and the humidity as I have never been a fan of either one of those weather conditions. The harsh reality is that for this country, no matter where you move there is both an upside and downside to any area you can move to in the US. This is why this is such a tough decision to make.

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