Moving to Kansas City: How To Make The Most Of Your Move

Moving to Kansas City: How To Make The Most Of Your Move

Moving to Kansas City for a new job or experience? You’ve chosen wisely. It’s a bustling Midwestern City with cutting-edge technology, diverse neighborhoods, and professional sports. Kansas Citians have a ton of pride in their city, making it a great Midwestern town to live. It’s a manageable city so even if you live in the suburbs, you’re a close drive to everything the city offers. If you’re relocating to Kansas City, these steps will help you make the most of your move.

Tips for moving to Kansas City

Whether you grew up in a small town or a big city, there’s an area for everyone in Kansas City. The community has a small town feel, allowing you to find a neighborhood like the one where you grew up. Here are some steps to take so you can find the perfect fit for your lifestyle!

  1. Research before you move – what’s the city’s vibe?

Every city has a reputation, but sometimes that doesn’t match reality. So, research a city before you move. Don’t rely on what you read. Visit that city and talk to the people to get a feel for what it’s like to be a resident. There’s a culture to every city, and the people drive that.

For example, Kansas City surprises many visitors. That’s apparent in a lot of the national press Kansas City receive. Why is that? It’s because people have pre-conceived, and often wrong, notions of what this city resembles. Since it’s a mid-sized town in the middle of the country, many out-of-towners are surprised by the big city perks! The FREE trolley system sparked The New York Times to declare the streetcar is the perfect way to explore.

The city surprises so many; it’s consistently earning national recognition. In Kansas City, you’ll find residents proud to call Kansas City home! It’s so much more than a cow town, even though that’s the image out of towners still have in their mind. National press helps though, including the Huffington Post offering 6 reasons it’s one of the most loved cities!

Whether you’re moving to Kansas City or a suburb like Blue Springs, talk to people you know who live in the city. There are pros and cons to every town. Find those out beforehand and make sure you are comfortable with each one.

If you visit the city first, spend time in different parts of town. It’s one of the many ways you can research a neighborhood, and get an authentic feel for what it’s like to live there. Drive the area during the day and at night because you’ll notice different things at different times of the day.

While the city has plenty to offer, the suburbs are just a short drive away. Making it easy to drive downtown for work or pleasure!

Find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are specific to that area. Kansas City has highly ranked schools on both the Kansas and Missouri side.

In addition to the culture of a city, consider the cost to live. Cost of living calculators make it easy to compare the value of your salary in various cities. Consider all expenses. Will insurance rates go up or down? Will you have to pay taxes on your car? These rules and rates vary from state to state, so prepare yourself.

If you’re thinking about moving to Kansas City, you’ve chosen a great city. With professional baseball and football, great BBQ, high-quality schools, parks, trails, lakes, endless attractions, and affordable housing you’ll always have something to do.

  1. Talk to the locals to find the hot spots

While online research is an essential part of moving to a new city, don’t rely on it. Trust the locals and your real estate agent.

Once you decide to move, hire a well-established Kansas City Realtor® who can guide you through your home search. You want someone who is involved in the community and knows the best Kansas City area neighborhoods to live in. Also, you need to choose which side of the state line to live — Kansas or Missouri!

There are pros and cons to living on both sides of the state line. Schools are a big deciding factor.

In Kansas, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley Schools are among the best. In Missouri, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, and Lee’s Summit schools consistently earn top honors.

You can’t always rely on a home’s address for the school district as boundaries cross city lines. That’s another reason a real estate agent helps you if you’re relocating to KC. The Sally Moore Real Estate Team is making it easy to find homes for sale in the top rated school districts. Just click on one of the options below, and start your home search today.

Search for Homes For Sale in the Lee’s Summit School District

Find Homes For Sale in the Grain Valley School District

Search for Homes for Sale in the Blue Springs School District

Take a house-hunting mission, and drive around the city with your Realtor®. Many companies will pay for these trips. They give you a good feel for the area, schools, and housing options. Reality is often different than what you read, and that’s why a real estate agent is so important.

Here are the latest housing trends for the Kansas City real estate market so you know what to expect!

Let us know how we can help your search for a new home in the Kansas City area.

  1. Have a plan

Before you pack up the moving truck, have a plan. Know where you’re going to live before you move. Housing is the number one priority when you’re relocating. It affects your lifestyle in your new city, so team up with someone who can help you find the right location.

Decide if you’ll buy or rent. Even if you’re not buying a house, don’t sign a lease for an apartment you haven’t seen.

If you can’t get to the apartment, have someone check it out for you.

Also, make a plan for your pets. Moving is tough on them too. There are steps you can take to prepare your pets for the move and make them comfortable more quickly in their new city.

Having a plan for every step of your relocation makes moving less stressful.

  1. Don’t rush into a home purchase

While it can be overwhelming to move to temporary housing and then move again once you find a home, it’s the best thing you can do if you’re not sure where you want to live.

For some families, it’s obvious. They choose communities like Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs because of the schools and proximity to Kansas City.

Other families aren’t sure. There are lots of choices including Kansas versus Missouri, suburbs versus urban communities and downtown versus midtown.

I specialize in the Eastern Jackson communities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence, Oak Grove, and Lee’s Summit. You can sign up for personalized alerts for homes for sale in these areas.

Affordable Homes for First-Time Homebuyers

Homes for Sale in Grain Valley Under $300K

Homes for Sale in Blue Springs Under $300K With A Basement

With so many options, it’s crucial you find the right neighborhood for your family.

Many employers will pay for temporary housing, so consider it if you’re not finding the house of your dreams in your new city.

  1. Have a job waiting for you

It’s expensive to move! So, get a job first! Or at least know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there.

  1. Budget

When you’re moving, create a budget and stick to it.

Remember those insurance and tax questions you asked yourself when you researched your new city? They’ll affect your budget.

Cost of living calculators are great tools, as well as first-hand insight from a friend or Realtor®.

Relocating to Kansas City area

  1. Find trusted movers

Moving is expensive and a daunting task. Your real estate agent is an excellent resource for finding a trusted mover. Find a well-established company, with a good track record. As a long-time resident, I know the Kansas City moving companies worth hiring.

For an out of state move, even from Kansas to Missouri, you’ll need a moving company registered with the Department of Transportation (DOT). Ask for the company’s DOT number, and research them to protect yourself from moving fraud. It takes seconds. Enter the DOT number here, and you’ll instantly see the number of complaints from other consumers, safety violations, and more.

Once you find a mover, get a written estimate. Make sure they do an in-person visual inspection of your property rather than just a guestimate based on the number of rooms in your home.

Finally, insure your personal property. Check with your insurance agent to see if your policy covers your property during the move. If it doesn’t cover you, purchase moving insurance. Without it, you’ll get a fraction of your property’s value if the movers break something. Moving insurance offers you the protection you need in case something gets broken.

  1. Get involved in Kansas City

While your to-do list is long once you move to a new city, it’s important to take time to get familiar with your new city. Start, by getting involved.

Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive. Take the initiative and try new things.

As a longtime resident and former television reporter in Kansas City, I know the area well. I’d love to show you around. Let me know how I can help!