Sometimes life throws you a curveball – or you’re looking to make a change yourself – and you need to relocate. Before you hit the listings, take a look at these 5 things you can do when buying a Los Angeles home from a different city.
Visit Your Destination
If you aren’t on a short deadline, it’s an extremely good idea to spend an elongated period of time in your chosen destination city.
This gives you a chance to become acquainted with every little detail of that space: the people, culture, amenities, weather, and aesthetics of your chosen city. Some people think that one city is the same as the next, but you could be quick to discover that moving to a new city puts you way outside of your comfort zone.
You want to move to a place that you can call home, and taking a bit to adjust and find what you enjoy and do not enjoy about that city is an important part of the process.
Learn a Bit
While visiting your proposed home city gives you a great idea of how things feel, you also want to get the numbers and make sure you do what makes sense for you.
Talking to people who live there will give you some idea of the cost of living to expect, along with property and sales taxes. Another thing to make note of is the availability and viability of your transportation routes from any of the properties into which you’re looking.
You will eventually begin to narrow down your possible property options and you will want to take into account anything and everything that could create any sort of complication for you.
Look All Around
As you’re perusing the home listings, don’t get locked into looking in just one specific neighborhood or area.
By having some flexibility and looking around multiple neighborhoods, you’re vastly increasing the chances you’ll find a real steal that works well for you. Factoring in all of the same things we were looking at before (amenities, cost of living, transportation) gives you an idea of what you can expect your day-to-day life to be like when you move from a different city.
Try visualizing what it would be like going about your day and see how that feels to you. Take into account the different locations you would visit most frequently, and how easy or difficult it would be to get to these places.
Once you’re ready to get serious about moving from a different city, you’ll need to begin assembling the team that will help make this transition possible.
The important thing to remember here is that you’re looking to hire a qualified real estate professional, any inspectors, and a well-reviewed moving service in the local area where you’re planning to move.
A local agent will have lots of valuable market knowledge to point you in the right direction. The inspector will be familiar with local codes and have a keen eye for spotting any problem areas. Let their experience with your destination city guide your way.
Mind the Details
With the assistance of local professionals, you can focus on the details of your chosen properties when moving from a different city.
It will help you quite a bit to try to familiarize yourself with local inspection laws and keep those in mind when viewing any properties. You also want to take note of anything you would be looking to remodel in the near future and consider those costs.
Finally, be careful and realistic when budgeting, and include some padding in your budget for surprise expenses when making the journey.