• Sarah Lipkowitz

Relocating To Maryland

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Relocating and starting life in a new place can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. If you are relocating to Maryland, here are a few tips that will make your life easier.

Save Up. Relocating is expensive. Unexpected expenses abound and you don’t want to get caught unawares. Aside from living expenses, you will have to think about the cost of moving itself. People often forget about smaller expenses that can add up quickly. For instance, transferring your license and car registration (within 60 days!), eating out because you can’t find your kitchenware, and running to Target five times because you can’t seem to locate different odds and ends. These expenses accumulate quickly. If you have a job lined up, then you might not need a big cushion, but if you plan on searching for a job when you get here, then you will want to be sure you have at least a few thousand dollars at your disposal. The cost of living in Maryland is relatively high and you need to be prepared for that. The good news is that once you find a job you will find that the average household income is also high.

Find A Job. Maryland has no shortage of jobs, but most people who have been on the hunt for a job know that it often takes quite a few interviews before you land one and if you are highly specialized it might take a while to find a suitable position. As I have said, living in Maryland isn’t cheap and your best bet for a seamless transition is to have a job lined up before you get here. However, I recognize that, for a multitude of reasons, this isn’t always possible. Fear not, I have included some resources for you.

Maryland Jobs Resources: Learn about state jobs, professional licensing, and career centers.

Check out upcoming job fairs.

Find Housing. Many people find housing sight unseen either online or through a Realtor. Even with a Realtor on the ground helping you, it is really best if you are able to be here in person. You need to be sure you are completely comfortable with the house, the neighborhood, and the commute. Certain commutes are very time consuming so if you have a job lined up or you know where you will be looking for a job, then you should keep this in mind. If you absolutely cannot make the trip ahead of time, then you should hire a local Realtor and consider renting for a while before buying. This way, you don’t have to commit to a certain house or neighborhood long-term and you can make the decision to buy once you get your bearings. If you have never bought a house in the state of Maryland then you are considered a first-time homebuyer and you may qualify for some of the Maryland Mortgage Program’s initiatives. The Program often offers down payment assistance, assistance for buyers with student debt, and incentives for buying in particular neighborhoods. I really recommend visiting the area at least once before you relocate. It will give you more confidence in whatever housing decisions you’ve made and it will allow you to start to become comfortable with the neighborhood you will be living in. Having some idea where the nearest grocery and hardware stores are located will definitely ease the burden as you are getting settled.

Check Out Resource Lists. Moving on a birthday? Need to find a bakery? Even if this isn’t the case, resource lists can be incredibly helpful when you are getting settled. Find out if the town you are moving to has its own paper or magazine. Here is a resource list I created for those of you moving to the area!

As a native Marylander, perhaps I am a little biased, but I love our little state. It has so much to offer and I sincerely hope you will love it here too!

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