It’s official. You’ve decided not to buy a new home, but relocate your existing one to a new location. The hurdle of making such a move is now more manageable with the assistance of social media.
Online New Zealanders are increasing their participation in social media at a rapid rate, with content sharing the most popular social media activity. Incredibly, nearly two million online New Zealanders (1.92 million) have looked to their fellow Internet users for opinions on various topics — including relocation of one’s home.
Here are five tips that can ease the workload somewhat and will provide you with a smoother transition.
1. User-generated content
Today there’s an unprecedented amount of user-generated content that gives you the opportunity to learn from others who’ve done what you’re contemplating. Investigate blogs and forums by searching with keywords.
Don’t hesitate to post queries; no question is silly. Spend time reading and absorbing these sites from the bottom up. Learn from others who’ve walked in your shoes before.
2. Social networks
Use keyword searches, and check out Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. These sites cater to the idea that social engagement is based on commonality, so you’ll even find groups within groups — devoted to the specific topic of relocating one’s home.
Join as many groups you feel are pertinent, and don’t feel hesitant about contacting the group administrator or other members with regard to concerns you have. Most likely, these individuals either created or joined the group with the same motivation.
A good place to start this process is the “Relocation & Social Media” group on LinkedIn.
3. Use social media contacts with updates about your move
Send IMs or emails to all your social network contacts, and tell them about your pending move. Request help in getting new contacts at the new location.
You’ll learn that some people you know very well might not respond at all, while others you only know online might provide you with more feedback. So don’t judge anyone, just appreciate those who respond and remember them in the future, so you can return the favor when they may need assistance.
4. Research information about your new neighborhood
There are several social tools that will help you learn as much as you can before you actually relocate your home:
– Neighborhood Scout. This site provides abundant information about neighborhoods. Enter the address (including zip code) of your new location and it will give you home values, crime rates, and details on public schools in the area.
– Wikipedia: New Zealand. Search the name of your new city to find some additional information about its history and demographics, in addition to information such as the largest employers.
– New Zealand Facebook Statistics. Here you can see all Facebook pages are currently monitoring activities in New Zealand. You can also find the top 10 Facebook pages for specific groups like brands, celebrities and places.
5. Military moves
If you are a member of the military coming home from war, you have an additional resource available to you. “MilitaryAvenue Answers” is a community-based question-and-answer platform that enables members of the military to seek relocation information and assistance directly from other military members, the local base community, and industry experts.
If you’re looking for companies that assist with the actual relocation of your home, check out The Relocatable House Co. They’ve relocated thousands of homes in many different scenarios and know the right advice to provide you. They can guide you in doing the work yourself, or perform some or all of the stages as project managers.
Moving is stressful and relocating your existing home can add additional complexity. But with some of the social media tips outlined here, you can not only ease the workload, you can learn from the successes of others, and make this process more of an adventure than a hurdle.