moving to austin?
FIVE TIPS FOR A PAINLESS RELOCATION
Relocating employees is an increasingly common tool in today’s business.
While uprooting can be traumatic and stressful, there are steps one can take to ease the transition.
1. Take advantage of employer-provided support. Many
companies offer relocation assistance. Services may
include financial assistance, assisting with temporary
housing and moving costs, connecting employees with
local Realtors, and arranging informational meetings with
community leaders. Check with your human resources
department to find out what services are available.
Austin-area Realtors want to do everything possible to make your transition to the Austin area enjoyable.
As the Lyle Lovett song says, even if you’re not from Texas, Texas (and Austin) wants you anyway!
Welcome to Austin!
2.Learn about the area. Do as much research as time allows before making
your first site visit. A good starting point is www.austinrelocationguide.
com, the Austin Relocation Guide website. You’ll find information on
schools, transportation, parks and recreation, shopping and much more.
Another site to visit is www.austin360.com, where you can find current and
upcoming events, fun places to visit and local news. Your Realtor’s own
company website is another good source of links and local information.
3. Seek out local experts. On larger group relocations, some companies will pair transferring employees and their families with a local, who
can serve as a personal “tour guide” of the city. While a lot of fact-finding can be done online, nothing replaces personal visits to the new
home city. But you don’t need to be part of a large relocation to get a personal tour guide. Area Realtors, who work with hundreds of new
Austinites every year, are often the first on-the-ground point of contact for newcomers. Their familiarity with neighborhoods and the local
market can help families narrow their home search quickly. It’s important to get a local’s perspective on things like schools, traffic patterns,
crime, taxing entities, and proposed new developments that may have an impact on a property’s future value. In addition, as longtime
Austinites, many Realtors love to show off their favorite restaurants, shops, parks and entertainment hot spots that make Austin so special.
Whether it is a recommendation for a pediatrician or hairstylist, or top picks for best Mexican food, your Realtor is likely ready to help!
4. Get connected. Once settled, the best way to start feeling at home is to meet
others and get involved. Walk the neighborhood, especially during hours when
neighbors are likely to be outside. If your neighborhood has a homeowners association, ask about neighborhood events and groups. Perhaps there’s a book club,
fitness class, or mother’s day out program. Houses of worship are a another great
source for newcomers to get connected. Local publications like Austin Woman and
the Austin Chronicle list upcoming meetings and events, for everything from yoga
and kayaking, to jewelry beading and journaling. How about taking a class? No
matter what your area of interest, you can meet people from all walks of life, and from
all over Austin, at The University of Texas informal classes, www.informalclasses.org.
5. Take in the new surroundings. As you get
settled, take time to explore Austin. Many of
us have lived here for years, and never visited
the Harry Ransom Center or toured the LBJ
Library. Austin has many great gems, it’s no
wonder the area’s population continues to
grow. Find out where Round Rock got its
name. Take a dip in Deep Eddy Pool. Watch
an Austin City Limits taping. There are limitless
ideas for great outings – just ask!
Written By J. Rene Ward, Broker | Best Agents in Texas