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Useful Tips for Moving to Sedona, AZ

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Relocating anywhere can be difficult; however, relocating to Sedona has a unique set of challenges. Land availability in Sedona is limited and sprawl is restricted because of the mountainous terrain. More than half the land had already been built out ten years ago. Developers predict that all remaining property will be purchased and built on by 2015.

Since the availability of property continues to wane, the demand is skyrocketing, and the relatively small population (around 12,000) is climbing quickly. What that means for those planning to relocate is that options may be more limited than you’d prefer. If you’re considering relocating to Sedona, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Anticipate a major home renovation. While you’re house-shopping, consider buying a home with remodeling potential in case you can’t find the perfect one. The Sedona home remodeling industry is booming because homeowners are upgrading their homes instead of building new ones, so there are plenty of home designers eager to undertake any major home renovation.

Bring a home designer along. Bring your home designer with you to look at houses; a designer can point out the remodeling potential of each one, any challenges you might not think of, and assess the structural support. Consider interviewing a Sedona home designer now so you can consult with them when you’re ready to find a home you really want, with plenty of remodeling potential.

Once you’ve decided when to move to Sedona, you’ll have to think about how to get there. Decide whether you plan to hire movers or move yourself. Here’s a helpful timeline for getting ready:

8 weeks prior: If you plan on hiring a moving company, start getting quotes now. Leave yourself plenty of time to find the right movers because it’s important to find a company you trust with your belongings. This is also a good time to use up any stockpiled groceries in the refrigerator and freezer since food is hard to move.

6 weeks prior: Start informing your utility companies and landlord about your move. Some utility companies require an appointment to shut off service, so it’s best schedule ahead of time. Also begin boxing things you don’t use often.

2 weeks prior: Avoid any disruption to mail delivery by notifying your mail carrier ahead of time, and get change of address forms ready.

Moving to Sedona could be a major, exciting landmark in your life. Make sure to plan ahead, and the relocation process will go smoothly.