How To Conduct Long Distance Home Searches
When looking for your perfect home, you could find yourself getting overwhelmed by the task at hand. This is made even more difficult if you’re searching remotely — whether for a job relocation or a change of scenery.
However, although admittedly more difficult than searching locally, finding your new home doesn’t have to be impossible, especially if you educate yourself about the local area you’re moving to, as well as maintaining realistic expectations.
If you’re ready to find your new home remotely, here are some tips for making the long-distance home search as easy as possible!
Utilize Internet Sites
There is a multitude of interest sites out there with a wealth of information available about real estate currently for sale, as well as neighborhood demographics and local statistics. Websites such as Realtor.com and Niche.com are particularly useful and can help you gain a good idea of your new potential area.
Google Earth is also a great tool to use that allows you to remotely tour a neighborhood and get a feel for it without having to be there physically. You can also google the local amenities and how close they are to any potential properties, you’re looking at.
Another great way of finding out about an area is to ask the locals themselves. There are various message boards and facebook groups dedicated to specific areas, and you could learn much speaking to some of the residents who already live there.
Find A Real Estate Agent Local to the Area
Finding a local and knowledgeable real estate agent could be invaluable while researching an unfamiliar area. Experienced real estate agents are experts in their area and will be able to guide you to the ideal location and home depending on your needs. This could help you to save ample amounts of time and stress.
If there are properties that you would like to preview, your real estate agent can also do that for you and create a shortlist — saving you a trip of viewing unsuitable properties. It’s also essential to use a real estate agent who has excellent communication skills on the phone and even email, as the distance can make it challenging to sit down and have in-depth conversations.
Take a Trip
To get an authentic feel for an area, there is no better way than to go and visit it and spend a few days there. If possible, you should plan at least two visits to your new city, and view any homes that you have been interested in during that time. You should also make a point of spending time in the top neighborhoods that you have been considering and familiarize yourself with them and their local amenities.
As well as viewing potential properties and getting to know the area, it would help if you also explored the local areas dining and retail options, as well as the local transport network and closest hospitals. All of these factors will help you to make an informed decision about your new location and ideal home.