Moving to a new home is a complicated process. Moving to a new home across the country is an especially complicated process. It involves packing, labeling, placing things in a storage unit to make space, and about a thousand other factors. If you want your cross-country move to end well, you’ll have to make sure it starts well. To make sure your move starts well, you’ll have to find the right real estate agent.
That’s why we’re here. We’ve listed the three most important steps you should take when choosing a real estate agent below. Take these steps before making your choice, and you’ll be happily settled into your new home in no time.
First things first: determine what you need.
What you need from a real estate agent is based on quite a few different factors. Different real estate agents have different areas of expertise and serve different kinds of needs. Some agents specialize in downtown condos catered to young professionals. Some might work best with families looking to relocate to the suburbs. No two real estate agents have exactly the same experience and focus.
Write down a list of the things you're looking for in your new home. How many bedrooms? Bathrooms? Where do you want it to be? Do you know the area? Are you willing to do some fixer-upper work or do you want something new and move-in ready? Do you want something single-story or multi-level? Use this list as a jumping-off point. By figuring out the kind of home you want, you can start to figure out which type of agent will help you find it.
Next up, use the internet.
The internet is a magical thing. It can connect you to any type of information you need in a matter of moments. Information like real estate agent profiles. Here’s how to use the web to whittle down the right agent for you:
- Look into the National Association of Realtors. Not all real estate agents are realtors, but many are. The NAR is a nationwide network that offers training and education for anyone in the home brokering business. Their website even has a search tool for connecting you with agents in the area where you're moving.
- Once you’ve used the NAR’s search tool to find some agents, look them up on Google Review or Facebook. Google allows you to get unbiased opinions from others who have used their services. Facebook (or other social media sites like LinkedIn) will let you ask them questions directly.
Finally: talk to people.
Reach out to local real estate agents and ask for recommendations. Many agents have nationwide connections and help each other out with referrals. Ask people you know which agents they’ve used and who they trust. Reach out to the agents they recommend for advice.
Long story short: do your research, ask your friends, and trust your gut. When the moving process begins, the folks at Storage Direct have your back for all your storage needs. Happy trails!