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Texas Relocation - Part 1 Getting Prepared

Texas Relocation: Part 1

One of the biggest questions when considering relocation is 'where do I start?'. I'll be writing a small series on what steps to take over the next few weeks/months prior to relocating. Should you have any specific questions that I have not covered, feel free to contact me directly through email or my office number listed below.

In Part 1 is "Getting Prepared"

As I mentioned, the first question is always 'Where Do I Start' when you are looking to relocate to Texas. Unless you have relocated before, you don't truly know what to expect and where to start. You know and understand the goal - Move All My Things from Here to There. But just knowing the goal is not quite enough in this case. You don't want to forget any steps.

Whether you relish the idea of moving or your dread it, the act of relocating can be stressful.  Remember, you need to cover all the steps from packing dishes, shipping the cars, and of course selling your home. So, let's focus this post on lowering the stress level for you and the entire family.

First - Buy a notebook to keep track of things you need to do and what has already been done. There will be a lot to cover. The bigger the family, the bigger the list. Keep this "Moving Book" in one place where everyone can see it. Not only will you track things that need to be done, but you will also track 'who is responsible' to get it done. Easy access allows anyone to make entry updates as things are complete.

Second - Hold family brainstorming sessions. This doesn't have to be formal, maybe just over dinner. Its a great way to get caught up on things that need to get done. Keeping everyone on the same page makes for an easier transition.

Third - Assign responsibilities and target dates. Don't stress yourself out by trying to take it all on yourself. Have your spouse and older siblings help out. You can even assign some items to the younger siblings. These responsibilities can be discussed during the family meetings, as well as any changes.

Before I get too far ahead, you should know there are professionals that can help you with these tasks. They are strong, experienced individuals who will help you relocate to Texas (or any place else):

Company Relocation Manager - This title may be different from one company to another, but this individual would probably work in your companies Personnel Department and will counsel you on the companies relocation policies. Ask what the company will provide and pay for. Also ask what assistance or incentives are available to you.

Relocating Specialist - (may also be called Coordinator or Counselor) Relocation centers, real estate firms that specialize in relocation, and even some moving companies are ready to provide you with detailed information about your new community.

Real Estate Agent - An agent can save you a large amount of time and energy finding a home or apartment in the new area. Many homeowners don't think of a Real Estate Agent when looking for an apartment but why not? An agent is very familiar with the area. They can help you determine the best location considering your 'requirements' (work commute, schooling, etc). Overall, they will help you get connected with your new neighborhood.

Moving Companies - I mentioned them above, but its important to mention them twice. Movers can give time and money-saving advice on how to schedule your move, how to pack, and what not to take. Overall, they will help you get prepared to move.

Stay in touch with this 'Texas Relocation' series here.

Part 1 - Getting Prepared

Part 2 - Finding a House in Your New Area

Part 3 - Temporary Housing

Part 4 - Countdown to Moving Day (To Do List)

Part 5 - Choosing a Moving Company

Part 6 - Moving 'Speciality' Items (pets and autos)

Part 7 - Cutting Costs

Part 8 - Are We There Yet? Road Trip Consideration

Part 9 - Congratulations, You Have Moved! Steps to Getting 'Settled In'



Are you looking to purchase a Texas home?  Perhaps you love your Texas home but would be interested in refinancing your Texas mortgage to a lower interest rate?  

I'll help you get pre-approved for your Texas home loan and even suggest some very knowledgeable and professional Real Estate Agents in your area of choice.  If you are available to talk, I am available to listen.  Give me a call or visit my website for more details.

Do you want to know all of your mortgage options? Call me today and let's discuss them further.

Texas Home Loan Consultant

Always available for your Texas Mortgage and Home Loan needs!

John R Cannata    P#214.728.0449

NMLS # 322646

Texas Home Loan Expert

Frisco TX Mortgage



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Comment balloon 7 commentsJohn Cannata • January 21 2010 10:47PM


John, moving is always a daunting proposition, and you've got lots of great advice here.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thank you Patricia. I'm working on Part 2 now.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Hi John ~ This is an excellent collection of moving tips - for moving to Texas - or anywhere else. I look forward to the series.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 9 years ago

Thank you Liz. Im still putting together some details for the next few.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago

Great list of tips! keep up the good work

your friend in Charlottesville!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTORĀ®, Blogger, Principal BrokerĀ®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 9 years ago

Hi John!  This is fantastic advice--all excellent points for relocating clients!

Have a great Sunday...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Charles - Thank you sir.

Debe - I appreciate the kind words. Its pretty general for any state. Feel free to share the tips with others.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago