We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again—the Austin real estate market is hot, hot, hot! The booming tech, hospitality and music industries are bringing in talent from far and wide, and we’re eager to welcome our new friends to the neighborhood!

If you’re moving to our city in the coming months, we’re here to make the transition smooth sailing. We know a big move is a lot of stress, but if you focus on the following three things, then you’ll be settled in and enjoying Austin before you know it.

Contact A Realtor®

No matter what reason you’ve decided to move to Austin—job relocation, lower cost of living or a much-needed change of scenery—the first thing on your to-do list should be to reach out to a real estate agent. A Realtor® can give you the lowdown on what the market is like and what type of property you should look for based on your lifestyle, price range and requirements.

As a buyer, we can help you find the best property possible to meet your needs—whether it’s a luxury home in the hills, high rise near the water, historic home or anything and anywhere in-between! For renters, we can advise you on your best options and areas to look for an apartment, house, duplex, condo or townhome.  (Check out our article, What to Expect When Renting in Austin)

Plan A Visit And Explore

Even if you’ve already been to Austin as a tourist, we recommend re-viewing the city from a different perspective. Come on back and immerse yourself in the following local activities, as if you were already a resident.

  • Walk through some neighborhoods and get a feel for whether you’d enjoy living there
  • Hang out at a local coffee shop to see what the people are like and what upcoming events are posted on their bulletin board
  • Checkout the grocery stores, parks, libraries and restaurants
  • Try the local transportation on for size
  • Test run the commute to your new job at rush hour (or, if you haven’t found a job yet, apply in-person, like crazy, before the move!)

Start Minimizing Your Stuff

The less you bring to a new city, then the cheaper the moving costs will be.

Start by going through all your things and throw away or donate anything you no longer need. If you’re moving to Austin from a colder climate, then you can start purging your closet full of heavy winter clothes. That said, we do have some cold weather so make sure you do take a few items like a winter jacket and some boots.

After you’re done with the clothes, move onto the furniture. You’ll want to outweigh the costs of moving the item versus how much it will cost to buy a new or used one in Austin. Don’t be afraid to call dealers and manufacturers for pricing!

Looking for more tips to prepare for your big move? Contact us today and we’ll get you off and running in the right direction.

Featured image courtesy of Austin photographer, Jerri Starbuck.