Relocating To Cleveland – The Quick Guide

RELOCATING TO CLEVELAND – THE QUICK GUIDE

 

So, you are relocating to Cleveland. There are probably a lot of things going on in your mind right now about your big move, and your stress level is likely through the roof. Don’t worry,  I was in your shoes 16 years ago and things have worked out great for me here, and they will for you too.
You just need to take a deep breath and read through our quick guide to Relocating To Cleveland. We offer some helpful tips to help get you started. If you would like even more information, you will want to check out our Ultimate Guide To Relocating To Cleveland. It’s a little longer to read, but well worth it.

A LITTLE ABOUT CLEVELAND

Since Cleveland is going to be your new home, you might as well accept it and learn a little about our great Midwestern city. First off, Cleveland is known as being a big city with a small town feel.  The people are friendly and there is a lot to do all year round. We have a great Art Museum,  lively Theater District , great zoo, and Cleveland is also home to 3 major sports teams and numerous minor league teams as well.

Here is our list of the top 5 things that are great about Cleveland:

1. Community – Cleveland is a “small big city” where people can move here and quickly feel like they belong.

2. Cost of Living – Where else has so much to offer and such incredibly affordable housing! The choices are unlimited and the prices are right.

3. Culture at your fingertips – You don’t have to drive far to access a myriad of excellent museums, theater, or our world class symphony.

4. Fine Dining –  Iron Chef Michael Symon’s amazing restaurants are only the beginning. We’ve discovered great places to eat in every neighborhood, both East and West sides.

5. Schools – The Northeast Ohio area has some of the top rated schools not only in the state, but the country.

So now that you have learned a little bit about our town, on to the task at hand, your upcoming relocation to Cleveland.

STEP 1 – ADDRESS YOUR HOUSING NEEDS

A major step in the relocation process is finding a place to live in Cleveland. Do you want to live on the East side or West side? Are you going to rent or buy? What can you get for your money here in Cleveland?

Cleveland has some great housing options, but you’ll need someone to guide you through the process. You need to find yourself a great real estate agent, someone you feel can help you not only with housing, but all the many other things that come with a major relocation, such as finding good doctors, schools, and contractors. Your agent will be a main source of information and guidance during your move, so do your research and choose wisely.

 

STEP 2: WHERE TO LIVE

The first thing you need to decide is if you are going to live on the East Side or West side. In Cleveland, people typically live and work on the same side of town, rarely venturing to the other side. You need to keep this in mind if you have friends or family on one side of town and choose to live on the other as you may not see them very often. That is why deciding where to live is a very important decision.

The East and West sides are different yet do share some similar characteristics. They both offer older and newer housing, moderately priced and luxury homes as well.

For those who like the water, there are more suburbs on the West side. However, there are more luxury homes and estates located on the East side.

 

SCHOOLS

Also, if you have children, you may want to look into the different school systems and find one that is the best fit for your family. Then, you can find housing located within that particular school district. You’ll be happy to know that some of the best public schools in the state can be found right here in the Cleveland area.

 

Overall, there are a lot of great options of where to live in Cleveland. The most important thing is to become educated about the different areas of town so that you can be comfortable with your final decision.

 

STEP 3: THE BIG MOVE

We are not going to get into a lot of detail here regarding the actual home buying process, as we have a “Complete Guide To Buying A Home In Cleveland” that thoroughly covers the entire process. Our focus here is to prepare you for the move as we want you to be organized, as this helps alleviate stress levels during such a big transition.

One important thing to remember, especially if your move is related to your job, is to keep all records and receipts regarding the move as many expenses can be tax-deductible ( consult your accountant for details ).

PRIOR TO MOVING

Here is a helpful list of tips to consider PRIOR to moving:

1.      Make sure your personal items are properly insured during the move

2.      Have legal, medical, and insurance records in a secure place.

3.      Get medical records for yourself, children, and pets. This includes dentists, orthodontists, optometrists and veterinarians.

4.      Make travel arrangements for your pets.

5.      Have all computers backed up prior to moving them.

Now, for the move. At this point, you should have already contacted a moving company and the date should be scheduled. It is important to note that you want to be extra careful to make sure your new home is accessible to you prior to scheduling the moving date.

In Ohio, the closing date is not always the same as the transfer date, the day you actually get the keys and become the owner of the home. Therefore, communication with your agent and the title company are critical to avoid any last minute headaches.

MOVING DAY

Here’s the big day you’ve been waiting for, moving day. This is a very exciting yet stressful day, so being organized and prepared will help. Here are some things that you should have with you:

1.      Phone numbers of real estate agent, title company, and moving company.

2.      Map of the local area, although a GPS will help as well.

3.      Sufficient cash or travelers checks

4.      Enough clothes, toiletries and medicine, if applicable, to last a few days, in case the movers are late.

5.      Personal items that are not replaceable should be kept with you as well.

It may also be wise as a back up to have the name and number of a local hotel, once again, just in case the movers are delayed.

Congratulations again on your upcoming move to Cleveland. With a little help and a positive attitude, this could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Good Luck!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. They specialize is luxury homes, relocation, and first-time buyers.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Aurora, Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Relocating To Cleveland – The Quick Guide is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©March, 2013

 

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