7 Steps to a Successful Move

Welcome to the Kitsap Peninsula! The Kimmel & Young team has helped many clients buy and sell homes in this area for over 20 years, and we are so excited to share information about our community with you. To get you started, we have compiled a list of the top 7 steps to relocating. Relocating can be stressful, but we are here to help.

1. Gather Information

The Kitsap Peninsula is diverse in its culture and in its communities. Resting between the Olympic and Cascade mountain range, you’ll find the natural beauty of the West Sound landscape and waterways. Relocating here is a dream, but nothing can make a move easier than gathering information about the surrounding communities. Our agents are here to help answer any questions you might have about schools, the economy, healthcare, and communities in our area. To get started, please visit our communities page for more information. We want to help you choose the community that is right for you. If you are certain about relocation, now is the time to get your current home ready to sell.


2. Identify Your Neighborhood

You will want to start with prioritizing your needs and wants when it comes to neighborhoods. Do you want to be near the ferry? Do you want a home with a high walkability factor? Does rural property suit you best? We are happy to point you in the right direction once you have an idea of what you’re looking for. If you’re still not sure, schedule a visit! We would love to show you around and let you see the area for yourself.


3. Find Your Home

Once you’ve narrowed down your neighborhood, we can start searching for your new home within your budget. This is the fun part, where you get to find that perfect home and we get to do all the work. If you need to sell your current home, you will want to do that now. We can advise you on how to time your purchase and sale; we have done it a hundred times.


4. Prepare for Departure

Of course, packing is a fundamental part of moving, but it isn’t the only part. There is an emotional preparation that needs to take place for each family member. Allow yourself plenty of time to pack and communicate with your family about the move. Talk to your children about their new home and neighborhood; what things they want to bring along; and what their new school will be like. Alleviating some of the mysteries will help dispel the apprehension or relocating.

Allow yourself plenty of time to pack and stay as organized as possible. Before you start, gather up your supplies (boxes, tape, tissue paper and bubble wrap), and always begin packing your non-essentials first! You should also decide how you will transport your belongings.


5. Arriving

In most cases families are able to move in to their new home the moment they arrive in town, but sometimes the timing doesn’t work with your schedule. Make sure you plan for a hotel room or other stay options if you think you will arrive prior to your home being available. It is important to pack a box of “essentials:” a box that you can open with all of the things you will need right away once you move in, such as toiletries, towels, PJs, chargers, etc.

Upon your arrival you will want your utilities turned on, your kids registered in school, and your mail forwarded to your new address.

Another consideration is your remodeling plans. Even if it just means a new coat of paint, it is easier to get those things done before you unpack.


6. A Fresh Start

Boxes, boxes everywhere! Don’t worry about this. Think of it as an opportunity to make your old things fresh and new by placing them or using them in different ways. It works best to make a plan and thoughtfully layout your things before you start throwing boxes into a room. Having that “essentials” box gives you a few days to think this through without feeling like you desperately need to find something.

It is a good idea to think about unpacking your kids’ room first. Seeing their things helps them become comfortable during your time of change.

Have a plan, have fun and relax at this stage! You just bought a new home.


7. Get Involved

Moving to a new town can be lonely and cause people to become isolated. We are creatures that long for relationship, so get going on immersing yourself. Invite families that are in your kids’ class over for a BBQ. Participate in sports or check out your local Parks and Rec for a list of community classes. Also, don’t underestimate friendships that you can find in your own neighborhood. This is your new home and a home isn’t a home without community and friendship.


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