If you’re looking for a change, Whistler is the place to go! With so many year-round activities, there’s never a dull moment in this culture rich city. From water sports to snow sports, Whistler weather permits every activity under the sun. As your Whistler REALTOR®️ I want to ensure that all of your bases are covered during your move. The excitement of moving to Whistler has been known to cause homeowners temporary amnesia of their moving checklist. As a city that defines fun in every sense of the word, it isn’t hard to see why. In lieu of this moving dilemma, I’ve compiled a list of things to tick off before you leave to join us in such an incredible town!
Vacation in your soon to be home town.
Getting a feel for your soon-to-be home town is a very necessary step when looking to relocate. It allows you to scout out the best neighbourhoods, schools, eateries, and activities before you commit to moving. An experienced Whistler REALTOR®️ will be able to help you with this process if you’re a newcomer, or if you’re looking for some guidance on the best place to be. It is important to be able to envision yourself living in the given area to ensure you’ll be happy with your decision to relocate. This is your chance to speak with locals to find out how they like the city and possibly develop relationships with people in the area so your transition is even more comfortable. Not to mention it’s also the perfect excuse to escape your current city for a few days 🙂
Figuring out the expenses of living in a new city will help you greatly. It will allow you to determine if you can afford to live in that area long-term, and what your monthly expenses are going to look like in comparison to your present budget. Living in a place like Whistler comes with its fees. You can almost guarantee to pay more property taxes and fees for being resident to a city with so many amenities. It is important to discuss what this may look like with your Whistler REALTOR®️. They will be able to advise you on any additional expenses you may encounter when you decide to purchase a home in this city. Budgeting also means including moving fees, travel cost, and any unexpected expenses you may need to pay during your transition.
School and Work.
If you are a parent to school-age children, finding a school in a nearby area and getting them enrolled is going to be a must. This also means unenrolling your student in their current school, and working with the educators to help with your child’s transition. Your Whistler REALTOR®️ will be able to assist you in finding a great school for your child. As you settle your kiddos in their new school, don’t forget to arrange your work situation. Whether that be notifying your employer of your move, or finding a new occupation, be sure to organize this before purchasing a home in Whistler.
Find a reputable moving company or look at alternative options
Getting your belongings from one city to another can be hard. Depending on your distance from location to location, moving cost can quickly add up. You also want to ensure that as a homeowner your belongings are well-taken care of. The last thing you want on your moving day is to have your possessions arrive broken and damaged. If you live near Whistler, you may want to consider renting a moving container or truck and doing the move yourself. This can help to save you tons of money. If you don’t live so close and doing it solo doesn’t seem like an option, consider selling your belongings with your current home and buying a place that is fully furnished. This way you only need to worry about the little stuff.
Take inventory of any memberships you hold.
Make sure you cancel any memberships that are contingent on you living in your old city. You won’t want to be stuck paying for a gym or rec centre membership you can’t use anymore. Same goes for community and club memberships. Many of these places will have a cancellation policy in place, so double check to ensure you give the required notice time. This way, you avoid making unnecessary payments.
Don’t forget about your wheels.
Unless you are driving your car to your new home, you’re going to need to ship your car. This can be done in a variety of ways. From hiring a professional driver or using an auto transport company. There are several ways to accomplish the transportation of your car safely and securely. Ask your Whistler REALTOR®️ for recommendations and advice on how to transport your vehicle.
Licensing and Insurance.
If you’re moving from out of province getting a new driver’s license, BC Services card, and proper insurance is required. A Whistler REALTOR®️ will help guide you as you transition from province to province. Many of these items require several pieces of identification and proof of residence, so be sure to organize the necessary paperwork.
As your Whistler REALTOR®️, I will ensure that your transition is smooth and nothing is left behind. Contact me today to get started with your move to this vibrant city! I look forward to your correspondence and helping you achieve your real estate goals.