Sept. 28, 2018
Moving from one part of the country to another can mean changes both big and little. With some advanced planning you can make the transition easier.
Research before you move. If you are able to visit the area before you move, that will make adjusting easier. Saratoga has a lot to offer in terms of arts and culture, sports, entertainment and peaceful living. Public transportation may not be as extensive as you will find in large metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco or Dallas. Do some research on what the local schools offer, parking and toll passes, regional festivals, weather and seasonal attractions such as the Saratoga Race Course and New York City ballet at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Develop a Plan. Before you load that last box on the moving van, determine where you are going to stay, both in the near and permanently. Be cautious about signing long term leases on an apartment or condo you have never seen. Give yourself plenty of time to find the right location. The competition for apartments in downtown Saratoga Springs is fierce and may not be available during the summer racetrack season. Employment is strong in the Saratoga area with several major employers having national or regional headquarters in the area. Be prepared to switch over your driver’s license and car insurance. Register to vote! You can register online or through the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you register your car. Get an EZPass while you are there too.
Get involved in the community. It can be a challenge to establish both business and social relationships in a new community. When you move to Saratoga, you will find a myriad of opportunities to volunteer, take courses at one of the local schools or colleges, join a chamber of commerce or business association and attend of the many arts, culture, food and sports festivals that makes our area so attractive.
Your real estate agent can help. The to do list for moving can be daunting: insurance, doctors, dentists, dry cleaners, schools, shopping areas, maintenance and repair persons, restaurants, and the list goes on. A real estate agent like Susan Baranski who knows the Saratoga and greater Capital District very well can guide you in the right direction. See our area pages for some interesting things to do and see in various communities in Saratoga County. Of course the biggest item on your list will be finding the perfect home for you and your family. You can search listing all over the Capital District on her website.