7 Tips to Make Your Relocation Easier

You just found out that you’re being relocated by your job, or maybe you were offered a job that was too good to be true in another state. Either way, you’ve got a big move ahead of you and there’s a lot to think about before you even start. Moving far away from home can ultimately be a hugely positive experience, even if it is a bit of a hectic process.

You can do this, though. Roll up your sleeves, grab a box and get to it.

There’s Plenty to Consider When Relocating

Your big move is a big deal, don’t think it’s not. You’re going to need all the help you can get, so before you do anything else, contact a Realtor with a relocation specialty in the city where you’ll be landing. You’re going to need someone who knows the lay of the land and can help you find the kind of home you really need, as well as helping you arrange financing and ensuring that everything closes on schedule.

Of course, housing is only a small part of a bigger relocation picture. It’s a stressful time for man and beast alike, but these seven tips will help you survive the experience:

#1. Have plenty of money available. Of course, you know you’ll have to pay something for housing and put down a deposit to turn on the utilities at your new place, but there are often additional expenses that you might not be thinking about right now. For example, will you need help with childcare while you’re packing? Is it likely that you’ll need to stop on the trip to spend the night in a hotel?

Plan for your expenses, then add as much as you can to the pool. The more money you have to work with, the less you can stress if an emergency were to occur.

On this same note, be sure to ask your employer how any moving or signing bonuses will be handled. If you’re counting on that money to make the move possible, you could be in a sad state if your company waits until after you’ve started the job to pay this bonus out.

#2. Get everybody on the same page. Moving to a new place can give the average person plenty of room to let their imagination run wild. It’s important that you and your family get on the same page with respect to the details of your move and stay focused on it.

Have a family meeting, or a chat over dinner, and write down what everybody hopes to get out of the move. Then have a sober discussion about how many of those things are realistic.

Once all of that is knocked out, draw up a plan and give everyone a copy of it so there are no misunderstandings. This can be a time when emotions run high and exhaustion makes people do or say things they might not otherwise, having a neutral document to refer back to during arguments can help cooler heads prevail.

#3. Prepare kids for stressors. Even the most hardy of children is likely to have some kind of serious emotional reaction to moving from your current home. When they’re old enough to understand that you’re also moving far, far from their hometown it can get downright ugly.

Your child is going to understandably need to mourn the loss of their friends and nearby family members. But you can make moving easier for children of every age by trying to maintain some kind of routine during the run-up to moving day and maintain it as best you can until everyone is settled in.

#4. Give yourself twice as much time as you think it’ll take for pre-moving tasks. If you’re not planning on hiring a mover, or even if you’re doing your own packing to help the cost of the move, it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time. Decluttering, especially, can be difficult when you’re trying to figure out just what will fit on the moving truck. Depending on how quickly you have to get to your new job, you can get help from charities with thrift stores by asking them to pick up your used, but clean, furniture, excess dishes and pans and even fun bric-a-brac to save you trips back and forth. Plan your time and stick to the plan.

#5. Visit your family doctor one more time. Having a final visit with your doctor gives you an opportunity to discuss anything that has been problematic for you, as well as getting your medicine refilled so you’ll not run out before you find a new PCP. This is a great time to ask about getting copies of your records, too! Make sure to do the same for your children and pets.

#6. Stop by the shop. While you’re getting your own check up, don’t forget about the vehicle or vehicles that you’re taking with you. Drop in at your local mechanic, the one you use for everything and trust to do the job right, and have them inspect and repair anything that looks like it needs to be addressed. Ask if you need new tires, spark plugs or a tune-up. There’s nothing as stressful as getting into a car that’s fully packed and full of kids or pets only to discover that your car has a bunch of symbols on the dash lit up that were never lit up before.

#7. Keep your eye on the prize. Preparing for a move when you have to do it all in one go can be amazingly stressful on body and soul, which is why it’s ultra important that you remember the why of all of it. You’re moving for a better opportunity, good schools, a chance to use your degree for once — whatever your reason, it’s yours and it’ll help if you keep that front and center.

Need Help Packing, Unpacking or Transporting Your Treasures?

Just log in to the HomeKeepr community, where you’ll find all kinds of home pros, from movers to Realtors with relocation specialties. No more digging around the web for reviews on individual companies, HomeKeepr runs on recommendations — and if your future mover is highly recommended by your current Realtor, that’s one less thing to worry about.

Exciting News!

We thought this was such a great idea, the Point Defiance Zoo is always doing such great things with our community!

Have any old or burned-out holiday lights? Point Defiance Zoo take them Nov. 23 – Jan. 12! They are teaming up with Girl Scouts of Western Washington again this year to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill. Learn how to get your lights recycle-ready at www.pdza.org/zoolights. ♻️ #AmericaRecyclesDay

 

In other SUPER exciting news….

Celebrating our 100th, I mean 103rd, home sold and family served here in Tehaleh!

We got so focused on what it is we do that we didn’t realize we missed our 100th closing! No one knows Tehaleh real estate like we do! We are so thankful that we have been able to help so many people find their dream homes in this beautiful community.

New Tehaleh Homes Available!!

We have two brand new listings in Tehaleh, both are beautiful homes!!

18613 138th Street East

Welcome home to this beautiful, move-in ready house in the gorgeous community of Tehaleh! There is SO much storage through out this incredibly well thought out floor plan it would blow your mind.

 

 

 

 It has a bedroom on the main floor, huge bonus room upstairs, HUGE master bedroom with a closet that is to die for! You can enjoy the cool evenings on the covered porch with a fireplace or in the family room snuggling in front of the fire.

 

19213 134th street east

Beautiful landscaping welcomes you to the front doors of this meticulously maintained home. With nearly 3,000 sq ft it includes something for everyone – 4 bedrooms upstairs, huge bonus room, a bedroom on the main floor with a 3/4 bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expansive concrete patio with covered porch and fireplace, 3 car garage, A/C, & all situated on a greenbelt in the gorgeous community of Tehaleh! Very close to Sprouts Holler park, a trail head where you can enjoy 10+ miles of walking trails & a short walk to the community Cafe.

Tehaleh Homes This Week

Check out our newest listing in Tehaleh, it’s GORGEOUS!! 🏡 Talk about move-in ready

OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT 5-7pm!

18445 Village Parkway E

Nothing says welcome home like the beautiful front porch of this four bedroom home!

 

 

 

 

Once you make your way through the front doors the open floor plan greets you with a large dining room, main floor office, large family room, GORGEOUS kitchen & even a mud room at the back door.

This home also offers outdoor living with a gas fireplace. And when the days are too warm enjoy the tranquility inside with the cool AC and expansive natural light from all of the windows!!

 

Beautiful Home On Corner Lot!

Beautiful open concept home on corner lot located in the desirable community of Tehaleh.

The entry leads you to the cozy family room with fireplace and expansive windows allow for an abundance of natural light.

                        

The main floor features an office, gourmet kitchen, mud-room with bench/coat rack, tech-space & a dining room with a view of the greenbelt.

Upper level has a loft, large utility room with sink, & 4 bedrooms. Large master with tiled bathroom, large walk in closet & linen closet. CENTRAL- A/C.

              

mls #1288031

Gorgeous move in ready resale in Tehaleh now available!

Gorgeous move in ready resale in Tehaleh now available!

This light & bright, thoughtfully laid out, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom + office + enormous loft features extensive hardwood floors.

Oversized covered back patio that looks out onto the generous landscaped back yard and a whole house fan to keep cool during the summer months.

Kitchen features large island, double ovens, pantry & gas cooktop.

Large Master suite features a 5 piece bath & walk in closet. Walking distance to several parks, trail heads & more!

Our BRAND NEW listing in Tehaleh!

Open house this weekend!!

Saturday the 14th from 12-3pm

Sunday the 15th from 11am-2pm

Welcome to this stunning 3 bedroom home located in Tehaleh! From the moment you enter this corner lot home you will see nothing was left out when they built it! From the stunning kitchen with quartz counters & oversized island for eating and entertaining, gas range & soft close drawers in pantry. Featuring three large bedrooms & a loft upstairs! Home has ceiling fans throughout and all windows are fully wrapped! French doors open onto raised patio & lovely backyard perfect for enjoying the PNW!

13508 191st Ave E Listing

Upcoming Events and Reservations

 

Networking at Tehaleh

Walk-and-Talk

Focusing on your health and connecting with business professionals is fun and a great way to start your day. Come chat with local business professionals while taking a walk in the beautiful trails in Tehaleh.

This is an invigorating way to engage both your mind and your body making connections and building relationships with other business professionals.

The group will be meeting on March 27th, (Tuesday) 8:30 am – 9:30 am at The Post. RSVP today!


Tehaleh Harvest Day

Tehaleh Harvest Day Festival is right around the corner which means the booth reservation process has begun. If you’re planning to reserve a vendor booth for this year’s festival then act quickly as reservations fill quickly.

Fill out the vendor application and pay the booth fee on the Chamber Collective website in order to reserve your booth before they all run out!

Courtesy of Morning Star Balloon Co. Facebook Page


GIVE BLOOD SAVE LIVES!

A message from Cascade Regional Blood Services

Cascade Regional Blood Services, your community blood center since 1946, is the sole provider of blood products to MultiCare Health Systems. We also support additional area hospitals and medical centers as requested. We have three donor centers – Tacoma, Puyallup, and Federal Way – and conduct over 1,000 blood drives a year in Pierce and South King Counties.

Before you donate, be sure to eat well and drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages.
BRING PHOTO ID!

Tehaleh Blood Drive on March 31st, (Saturday) 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at 13802 Canyon View Blvd E.

Happenings around Tehaleh

There are so many fun things happening in and around the neighborhood in the next few weeks. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for an adult only outing or something to do with the whole family, We know you can find something!

                                                                    Saturday January 27th!                                                                                                           Are you looking to do something good for the community?                                Tomorrow, from 9:30 – 1:30 there is a mobile blood drive going on in the Donald Eismann Parking lot. Cascade Regional Blood Services is a local blood center which provides blood to our local hospitals! As of yesterday there were only 3 people signed up! You can contact Tina Maier at tina.maier@managementtrust.com to sign up or walk ins will be welcomed based on availability.

                  Maybe you would rather cheer on your fellow walkers and runners?            Tomorrow, from 9:00 – 1:00 you can go cheer on your Bonney Lake neighbors. Buy the Farm is a fundraiser campaign to buy a farm that will become a place of belonging, employment and community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.                                                                                                  To learn more go to www.theNorthStarNeighborhood.org                                                      

                                    Are you and your young kiddos new to the neighborhood                                                                                         and looking to  find some new friends?                                                    We now have story time EVERY Wednesday from 10:45 – 11:15 at the post. Take a stroll down to the post, grab a drink from our awesome baristas and enjoy some time with your kiddos all while making new friends and getting some social time in for both you and your kiddo.                         Please remember there are no child drop offs during this time.

                   And last but not least, Who wants to go wine tasting in Woodinville??                              ummm ME! Tina is putting together a trip to Woodinville for a wine tasting event on Sunday, February 11th! This trip will be approximately 7 hours and you will visit 3 tasting rooms. The deadline to sign up is February 2nd. If you are interested in going with send Tina an email at tina.maier@managementtrust.com

Help Name the Newest Sumner Elementary School

Did you know there is a brand new elementary school being built within the our Community?

The Sumner school district is currently inviting students, families and community members to submit nominations for the name of the new school.

There are a large number of community members that are all voting to name the newest school either Daniel A. McCartney Elementary or McCartney Elementary in honor of fallen Deputy Daniel A. McCartney.

This would be an easy way for our local community to honor his service to Pierce County and loss of his life while doing so. Please use the following link to submit your name recommendations.

Help us name our new elementary school

All name submissions need to be in by January 26th. The School Board will make the final selection in March.