If you’re relocating for your career, look for real estate agents on both ends of your move with expertise in relocation services. Here are six ways that experience will work in your favor.
1. Cost-of-Living Comparison
With a deep understanding of multiple locations, an agent who specializes in relocation can offer you a cost-of-living analysis of your previous city and the new one, which will help assess what houses are within your budget relative to your new salary.
2. Strategy on the Moving Process
Moving requires much more than transferring belongings and changing addresses with the post office. A relocation specialist will offer tips and ideas on how to more easily manage the move and relieve stress felt by the spouse and family members.
3. Community Knowledge
A relocation specialist will offer expert advice on neighborhoods, schools, commute times, and will provide contact information on a range of services such as doctors, banks, and childcare.
An agent specializing in relocation will likely offer you a tour of your new city, highlighting hot spots such as popular restaurants, parks and other major points of interest. What a great way to make you feel at home sooner.
Setting up your new home includes choosing utility companies. Your relocation specialist will know which companies service which neighborhoods, their reputations for service and what’s needed to set up a new account.
6. Agent Certification
Many relocation specialists take the extra steps to receive a Certified Relocation Professional Certificate, which requires continuing education every three years to keep the certificate current. These types of agents usually have established partnerships with relocation management companies.