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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

 

Cleveland Home Buyers Face Unusual Obstacles

luxury home

When it comes to buying a home in Cleveland, we have some customs that are unique to our area. Therefore, those who are relocating from another state need to be aware of these oddities in order to ensure a seamless transaction.

WHAT MAKES BUYING IN CLEVELAND DIFFERENT?

Here are just a few things that are unusual to our area:

1.     No Round Table Closings – In many states, both buyers and sellers come to the closing at the same time. Then, papers are signed and keys are immediately given to the buyers. Please note that this is NOT customary here in Northeast Ohio as title companies are not set up for this type of transaction.

In our area, buyers and sellers may never actually meet each other. Also a buyer will likely sign their loan documents a few days before getting their keys. I have seen buyers get upset when learning they will not be getting their keys upon signing so it is very important to understand how things are done here.

2.     Point of Sale Inspections – Many Cleveland area suburbs have their own specific inspections. These inspections are ordered by the seller, usually prior to putting the home on the market. The specific municipality where the house is located sends their own inspector out to make sure it does not have any city violations. If there are indeed violations found, either the seller must fix them prior to title transfer or the buyer must assume them. Please note that this inspection should not take the place of a buyer hiring their own general home inspector.

3.     Real Estate Taxes Get Paid In Arrears – At the time of closing, real estate taxes will not yet be due and payable. Therefore, the buyer will receive a credit from the seller to make sure taxes are paid from when the seller lived in the property. This is usually a nice surprise for the buyer as it reduces the amount of money they need to bring into closing.

Every state and even some cities have specific nuances when it comes to buying or selling a home. This holds especially true to the Cleveland area. Failure to understand the rules of the game can cause a ton of unnecessary stress and sometimes a lot of money.

A good local real estate agent can be a tremendous help here.

 

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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 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: 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.

Cleveland Home Buyers Face Unusual Obstacles is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©September 2012

 

 

 

Cleveland OH Real Estate – Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 2

Cleveland Oh Real Estate  Cleveland OH Real Estate – Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 2

Relocating to Cleveland Ohio

 

So, you are relocating to the Cleveland OH area. By now, you have hopefully read the first part of this series. In case you missed it, you can find it below:

Relocating To Cleveland, The Complete Guide Part 1

At this point, you have learned a little bit about Cleveland and have either chosen a real estate agent or are in the process of doing so. Now comes Step 2, choosing where to live in Cleveland.

The first thing you need to decide is if you are going to live on the East Side or West side. You see,  Cleveland is a city somewhat divided into two sides of town. It is a unique phenomenon. Additionally, Clevelanders simply don’t like to drive more than 15-20 minutes to get somewhere. Therefore, people typically live and work on the same side of town. Coming from a big city, it took me a while to understand this local mentality, and we are still open to driving from one side of town to the other, but most locals are not. So, 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.

Cleveland Heights Home

 

 

The East and West sides are different yet do share some similar characteristics. For example, both have inner ring suburbs, those bordering the City of Cleveland, that have older housing, yet are fairly affordable. Cleveland Heights, for example, is on the east side and has a lot of homes built in the early 1900’s that have a lot of charm and character. Conversely, Lakewood is located on the West side and has similar type of housing. Both areas are popular for those wanting more of a “city” type of lifestyle. The locations of both are ideal as well for those who plan to work downtown.

 

 Luxury home

There are some high-end suburbs as well for those looking for more of a luxury life-style. For those who like the water, there are more suburbs on the West side, such as Bay Village, Rocky River, and Avon Lake that are located in close proximity to Lake Erie than on the East side. However, there are more luxury homes and estates located on the East side. 

People looking for newer upscale housing often choose Solon on the East side and Westlake on the West side. Both have highly ranked school systems and contain a large number of newer homes priced over $500,000.

 

If you are buying, you will have a lot more options of where to live. Cleveland is not the best “rental” city, especially if you are looking to rent a high-end home in the suburbs. Renting is always a possibility though, but just understand your options will be limited.

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. There are also a lot of fantastic private schools in Cleveland as well if that is your preference.

Cleveland Schools

Lastly, we must also mention that although Cleveland is an “East” or “West” side town, there are several suburbs that are located South of the city that may be perfect as well.

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. As mentioned in Part 1 of this guide, your real estate agent will be a great resource to you during the entire process.

Keep an eye out for Part 3 of The Complete Guide When Relocating To Cleveland where we’ll be discussing the final steps of your big move.   

The following articles may be helpful during your move to Cleveland:

Real Estate Agents Are Not Just Door Openers – What A Buyers Agent Really Does

How Much Can I Get That Home Cleveland Home For

Important Contact Information When Relocating To Cleveland

Relocating To Cleveland – Helping Children With A Move

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About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman are Solon OH residents. They specialize in Cleveland luxury homes and have worked with professional athletes and those relocating to the area

For Ohio and Cleveland OH real estate and homes see Cleveland Real Estate.

For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235.

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Cleveland OH Real Estate – Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 2 is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©September2010

Cleveland OH Real Estate – Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 1

Cleveland OH Real Estate – Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 1

 

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

So, you’ve just found out you are relocating to Cleveland Ohio. Like most people in your situation, you are probably going through a wide range of emotions. You are also beginning to realize how much work you have to do to prepare for your big move. This guide was designed to help alleviate the stress that comes with relocating and to provide sound advice.

WHY ARE WE PROVIDING THIS GUIDE?

We personally relocated to Cleveland almost 15 years ago and know exactly what you are going through. We understand how stressful moving to a new city can be, especially if you don’t know a lot of people, and we wanted to provide some help and friendly advice.  So, take a deep breath, try to relax and let us help you put together a successful game plan so you can have a smooth transition when relocating to your new home, Cleveland, Ohio.

ABOUT CLEVELAND

First things first, since you are moving to Cleveland, you should learn a little bit about one of Ohio’s largest cities. Overall, Cleveland is known as offering its residents the amenities of a big city but with the feel of a small town. The people here are also very welcoming to outsiders, willing to extend you our Midwestern hospitality. We are confident that in time, once you get to know all the fantastic things Cleveland has to offer, you will become excited to be a part of our community. 

 Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland has a rich history and has been named an All-America City on several occasions over the past twenty years. It also boasts many historic landmarks and cultural institutions such as Terminal Tower, Cleveland Grays Armory, The West Side MarketSeverance Hall, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Parks System (more commonly known around town as “the Metroparks”)  which includes the Cleveland Zoo. Cleveland is also home to 3 major sports teams and numerous minor league teams as well.

 

 

There are a ton of things that are great about Cleveland, such as the cost of living, culture, shopping and lack of traffic compared to big cities.  In fact, here is our complete list of our top 10 things that are great about Cleveland.

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.

 Home in Cleveland Ohio

 

We highly recommend hiring a real estate agent to help you find suitable housing.  This person, especially if you don’t have a lot of contacts in Cleveland, will be relied on for more than just housing too.  They will be your tour guide, friend, and in general, a valuable resource for everything, not just real estate. You may need to find specific information on schools, doctors for your children, places to board your pet, restaurants and shopping, so a good local agent will play a critical part in a successful move. 

When we moved here in the mid 90’s, we were very fortunate and grateful to find a fantastic agent to help us with our move. She was so valuable to everything we did and we are still friends with her to this day.

If you are relocating to Cleveland, you will have 2 options when it comes to finding a real estate agent:

1. your company, if assisting in the move, will find you an agent on your behalf.

2. find one on your own

If your company is handling your move, be cautious as relocation companies don’t always match relocating clients with an agent who is a great match. Sometimes a company merely assigns an agent based on seniority or production without really giving thought to specific needs of the person being relocated. Even if your company is coordinating everything for you, the choice of which real estate agent to use is still up to you.

If you are on your own to find an agent, do some research and choose wisely. Getting names of agents from friends or family is helpful. You can also find some great information on line. No matter who you hire, it is important to define what you want in an agent and what you expect of their services. This way, when you can contact them, you can be sure to ask the right questions to make sure they are a good fit.

Once you have decided on an agent, it is now time for step 2, Where To Live in Cleveland. This will be made available in a few days, so please keep reading our blog.

Here are a few helpful articles pertaining to relocating to Cleveland OH:

Cleveland Ohio relocation – Important Contact Information

Buying A Home In Cleveland – The Complete Guide 

Cleveland Ohio Private Schools

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About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman reside on the East side of Cleveland. They specialize in luxury homes, working with buyers relocating to Cleveland, and first-time buyers.

For Ohio and Cleveland OH real estate and homes see Cleveland Oh real estate.

For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235.

SEE ALL CLEVELAND OH AREA HOMES FOR SALE BY CLICKING BELOW:

 

 

view all Cleveland luxury homes

 

 

 CHECK OUT THE SCHUMAN TEAM’S AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE

 

Cleveland OH Real Estate – Relocating To Cleveland: The Complete Guide Part 1 is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©July2010    

Disclaimer: The Schuman Team practices real estate in Ohio. Since many states have different laws and protocol regarding a real estate transaction, we recommend consulting a qualified local legal professional prior to entering into any written agreement. This blog contains observations and opinions related to our first hand experience working with buyers and sellers in Ohio, but should not be construed as legal advice.  Accuracy is not guaranteed.