Don't Let A Relocation Overwhelm You: Tips when moving to a place like Greenville, South Carolina


Relocating to a new place can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. It starts by prioritizing and organizing your most important needs. Though I can empathize with the details you are likely considering, especially if you are planning to move to a great place like Greenville, South Carolina like our family did a few years ago. 

Sure, I’m a Greenville native, so it should have been so easy for our family to relocate here from Charleston, South Carolina. But with three children in tow, it wasn’t. We had visited family and friends here on a regular basis, and that helped somewhat. We knew firsthand that Greenville is a fun and beautiful place with a lot going on these days. And our move was within the same state!

Our relocation happened over seven years ago, as part of a corporate relocation. Even though I had been a Realtor for many years, and worked with relocating clients, the process was still overwhelming for our family. There were school choices for our children, deciding on a side of town that works for our lifestyle, where to shop, new doctors and dentists, new hairstylist, new places to exercise and spend leisure time outdoors. Even dining out choices looked different than what we had been accustomed to. There were other seemingly trivial questions that were important to us: would we be able to continue using our kayak and paddleboard here in the Foothills, or should we give them away? (We kept them. They are useful at the lake.) Would we like our neighbors? For us, it was ALL a big ordeal.

Buying and selling a house involves understanding motivation, desire, and individual lifestyle considerations. It’s important to understand the people we are working with. Buying and selling a house is personal business. Communication is everything. It’s common to have clients with unique needs: language and cultural considerations, family members or children with special needs, life changes that come with retirement, marriage or divorce, job changes and promotions, family blending, new businesses to start, hobbies, and more.

Working with both buyers and sellers, I have spent many years offering destination services based upon specific global corporate guidelines, acclimating buyers to the area, and also offering departure services while marketing and selling homes for people moving away from here.  Because each situation is unique, here are a few tips that will hopefully help you prepare for your next relocation, from a lifestyle perspective:  

o Know what factors are most important to you, and make a list for your relocation professional. Separate the “must-haves” and the “would-be-nice-to-haves”.  Be clear about the non-negotiables. Factors might include drive time to work, proximity to certain areas, school districts, home features, utilities, energy efficient design, the desire to walk to dining and shopping, natural surroundings, etc.

o Ask your relocation professional for links to government, city, county, and other organizational resources so you can do homework in advance. If you are coming from another country, you may need legal and tax professionals and will need to know what’s required for getting social security number, driver’s license, bank account and more.

o If you have children of school age, school is going to be an important factor. Do you prefer public or private schools? Do you have children attending more than one school? It’s helpful to understand how the school district is organized as this could affect drive times. Plan to visit schools and take tours. Tours may only be offered on certain days so plan in advance. 

o Make a list of professionals you will need in the new area such as Doctors, Dentists, Orthodontists, etc and ask for recommendations. 

o Begin asking questions that fit your important lifestyle considerations: dining, shopping, extra-curricular options, travel, cultural happenings, interests that are uniquely yours. You want to love where you live, right? 

o Understand your price range, your needs, and wants, and be prepared to make concessions. A professional can help you understand the pricing of properties in a new area.  Hopefully, you will be pleasantly surprised to find you can afford more than you think instead of the other way around. 

This is a tiny list of suggestions based upon common questions that arise in relocations. In reality, a relocation involves much more than this list can address.

Planning to relocate to Upstate, South Carolina and have questions?  Drop us a line. We’d love to help!

Lisa Rourk