Relocating to Sumter, South Carolina: Tips on Moving Out of State or to a Different City
Relocating to a new city or out of state is never easy, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the city and haven’t made any community connections yet. The added uncertainty of COVID-19 may make moving seem even more unsettling than normal. The good news is that with everything going remote and online, it is easier than ever to figure out the details of your move, while still familiarizing yourself with your new home.
Finding the right realtor can define whether or not your move is stress-free. At Berkshire Hathaway Home Services John M. Brabham Real Estate, we’re committed to making your move to Sumter, SC as smooth and comfortable as possible. Here are some of our best relocating tips to consider before, during, and after moving to Sumter that will guarantee a breezy experience:
Before Your Move:
- Check out the City. If you can, take a week or a weekend to explore Sumter as a local resident, not a tourist. Discover the geography, biggest attractions, and hidden gems of Sumter, like the wiffle ball court located downtown on Harvin St. While you’re at it, learn more about public transportation options, talk to locals about school systems, and get opinions about the different neighborhoods Sumter has to offer.
- Know Your Neighborhoods. Speaking of neighborhoods, there are so many different areas in Sumter that you can move to! All are beautiful but offer different things. Some may have school systems you’re more interested in, while others may offer a shorter commute to work. Sumter also has several neighborhoods that have parks, pools or restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Wherever you decide the best fit for you is, be sure to check the average cost of rentals or houses to make sure your move is within your budget! For a full list of all the neighborhoods Berkshire Hathaway is selling or renting homes, click here.
- Vehicle Decisions. After deciding where you’re moving and when, consider whether or not you need to keep your car. Depending on your lifestyle, commute, and where in Sumter you’re living, it may be more of a hassle to keep your car than to sell it, and it could be money you use to put towards the move or your new home!
- Take Care of Your Current Residence. If you’re renting, be sure to leave your lease on good terms with your landlord. Give your landlord adequate notice of your move and be sure to pay any final payments for rent and utilities to maintain a solid credit score. Once those things are taken care of, give your landlord your new forwarding address, end any utility services, and of course, say goodbye to your friends!
During Your Move:
- Movers vs. DIY Moving. Decide how you want to move your stuff. The more expensive option is hiring professional movers, however, it will likely be less stress to you if you can find a company who can pack, box, and move your stuff for you. During COVID-19, this is especially important to make sure everyone is staying safe. DIY moving will be cheaper, but you’ll have to rent a properly sized truck, drive it yourself, and move all your belongings alone.
- Keep Organized. Manage all your details and stay organized. If you’re hiring movers, ask questions pertaining to your belongings and schedule. Ask if your things are staying on one truck or if they will be transferred in route, find out the estimated time of delivery, total costs and any deposits that may be required, as well as movers insurance costs. Create a home inventory list complete with estimated values of more expensive items before movers come to ensure nothing is lost in transit. Keep all of your new lease information together so you know when you are allowed to move in. When packing, label things well and note which boxes should be unpacked first so you have all your essentials.
After Your Move:
- Say Yes! Once you begin meeting people, say yes to everything you’re invited to. This will get you out of your house and allow you to explore Sumter while meeting new people and friends.
- Join Organized Groups. Consider joining non-profit volunteer groups or games and sports leagues so you can meet new people. Start with a hobby or something you’re interested in trying out for the first time. This will ensure you’re meeting people with similar interests who you may get along with well!
- Give Yourself Time. Of course, give yourself time to acclimate to your new home. For some people, it can take up to a year to feel comfortable in a new city. Take time to make your home a safe haven, and explore the surrounding area of your neighborhood so you can find places like pharmacies, grocery stores, and restaurants that will make it feel like home. And reach out to your old friends for support!
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services is experienced in finding the perfect home for local and new residents. With our skilled and knowledgeable realtors with connections and homes all over Sumter, we’re certain you’ll find a home you love within your budget. For more information, fill out a contact form or give us a call at (803) 775-1201.