In many towns across the United States we have military bases. And with those bases come our men and women in uniform and sometimes they get stationed somewhere else. Not deployed...stationed. Or your neighbor is moving out of state for a new job. Sounds pretty simple, right? Nope!
For our military members approximately one-third of them experience a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), which is not permanent by any means, every 3 years. With somewhere around 1.3 million military members this translates to a tremendous number of households experiencing disruption on a regular basis. Our military home buyers are a unique group with active duty buyers having the youngest median age, most likely to have children under the age of 18 and they tend to buy multigenerational homes.
Let's think now about the past 3 years, 2020 to 2023. During the pandemic, in spite of being locked down, Americans made permanent moves in March and September of 2020 and 2021 that were 12% and 14% higher than the prior 2 years. And although we had a higher rate of unemployment nationwide consumers bought more homes at higher prices than ever before.
Why is moving so stressful?
Everything from finding where you're going to go, how you'll get there (moving company? U-haul? Pods?) and packing to finding a home to rent or buy is stressful, particularly with children. Delays occur all too often and sleepless nights are common. All of this leads to stress. Once the move itself is over it doesn't stop there. Now you have to find your community. Settling in and making yourself a part of your community becomes key to overcoming the depression that often follows a move from family and friends.
How can you make moving just a little easier?
Accept that stress is a normal part of the moving process: Take a moment here and there to remember it will be over at some point and allow yourself to breath.
Give yourself enough time: Don't wait until the last minute, make calls to find out about utilities, moving companies, etc early and start packing then.
Start small, but just start: It's the little things that add up to the big things so start with a drawer or a closet instead of tackling the entire room.
Stay organized: Mark your boxes with room and name of items trying to keep similar things together. You'll really appreciate this when you get there and can find that remote!
Hire professional movers: If money allows, professional movers will do much of the hard work and all you have to do is show up when they get there.
Ask for help: Help comes in many forms, family, friends, resources like HUD or city websites.
Get some sleep, anywhere you can find it!
Last but definitely NOT least, find yourself a great realtor that understands the woes of relocation!
What can a great realtor and relocation specialist do for you?
A great real estate broker will work hard to find you a place to live that suits you but a relocation specialist will make sure you find your community...and make it fun! Everything from finding information about school districts, neighborhood information, a local or long-distance moving company or boxes to extra-special items like QR code scannable box stickers, babysitting for you while you unpack or pizza when you forget to feed the kids! While relocating can be stressful, your realtor should be there to make it an easy transition. Where can you find such a specialist? Right here of course! If you are moving to a location other than Colorado Springs and surrounding areas I'd be happy to find you a specialist wherever you may go. Make that move with confidence knowing you have someone on your side.