Expert Moving Tips from Kate Conway, REALTOR®: Part 1

March 14, 2023

At Sterling Interstate, we are committed to making the moving process as seamless as possible. To do so, we have partnered with expert vendors to provide our clients and customers with additional resources to ensure a smooth transition. One of our vendor partners is Kate Conway, a licensed REALTOR® with extensive knowledge of the home buying and selling process. We sat down with Kate for a quick Q&A. She provided us with valuable insights on what to consider when making a move.

How can I determine the best time to move? 

Kate: When it comes to determining the best time to move, there are a lot of factors to consider. That’s why I always recommend working with a real estate professional who can provide you with detailed data specific to your area. As a REALTOR® with years of experience in the industry, I have access to a wealth of information that can help you make an informed decision. 

Some factors that can influence the best time to move include local market trends, interest rates, and the time of year. For example, in some areas, the housing market may be more active in the spring or summer, while in other areas, the market may be more active in the fall or winter. By analyzing this data, I can help you determine the best time to buy or sell a home based on your unique situation. So if you’re thinking about making a move, don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule a consultation.

What is the first step in the moving process?

Kate: Great question! As a licensed REALTOR® and experienced professional in the real estate industry, I am happy to guide you through the moving process. The first step is to contact me to discuss your budget and determine how much house you can afford. We will also talk about the best months to sell in your area and develop a plan to prepare your property to sell quickly at the best possible price. Selling a home can be a complicated process, but I have the knowledge and expertise to make it as smooth and stress-free as possible for you.

How do I determine my budget for moving?

Kate: I always suggest clients start by reviewing their current financial situation to see what they can realistically afford. It’s important to factor in not just the cost of the new home but also moving expenses, closing costs, and other associated costs. As a licensed REALTOR®, I have access to detailed data on the real estate market in your area, including recent home sales and price trends, which can help you make informed decisions about what you can afford. Additionally, I can provide a breakdown of all the costs involved in the buying or selling process, so you can have a clear understanding of what to expect. 

What are some common moving mistakes to avoid?

Kate: Moving mistakes can be costly and stressful. One common mistake is failing to consult with a real estate professional early in the process. This can result in overpaying for a home, purchasing a home in an unfavorable location, or selling a home for less than its worth. As a licensed REALTOR®, I can help you avoid these mistakes. For buyers, I can assist you in determining what types of homes you will be able to afford and in which locations. For sellers, I can provide valuable advice to help you determine which actions will provide you with the best returns when you sell your home.

How can I make the transition to my new home smoother?

Kate: It’s great that you’re thinking ahead about making your move as smooth as possible. The key to a smooth transition is preparation and education. First, make a list of what you need to do before your move, including notifying utilities, updating your address, and packing. It’s important to start planning and packing well in advance to avoid last-minute stress. Additionally, consider hiring professional movers like Sterling Interstate to help with the heavy lifting and packing. They can also provide you with packing materials and tips to make the process easier. Finally, educate yourself about your new area, including schools, community events, and local amenities.

What are some factors to consider when choosing a new neighborhood?

Kate: Choosing the right neighborhood is an important decision, and it’s not just about the home itself. When you’re considering a new neighborhood, it’s important to think about your lifestyle and what’s important to you. Creating a list of three to five elements that are most important to you can be a great place to start.

Some factors to consider might include walkability to local shops, restaurants, and other amenities. You may also want to consider proximity to shopping and grocery stores, as well as access to major freeways or public transportation if that’s important to you.

If you have a job, you’ll want to consider proximity to your workplace. Other things to consider might include proximity to the local schools. 

Taking the time to research and consider these factors can help you find a neighborhood that’s a great fit for your lifestyle and your family. And remember, your REALTOR® can be a valuable resource in helping you find the right neighborhood for your needs.

How do I determine my housing needs for the move?

Kate: Determining your housing needs is an important part of the home-buying process. It’s a very personal experience, and the first step is to establish a budget. This is crucial because it will dictate what you can realistically afford. I always encourage buyers to focus on their needs first and then move on to their wants. Once you have established your needs, then you can start prioritizing your wants. These might include a specific neighborhood or certain features such as a pool or outdoor living space. As a REALTOR®, I can help you navigate this process and offer my expertise to help you find the home that meets both your needs and wants.

Connect with Kate

When you’re planning on making a move, I hope the insights and advice provided by Kate Conway, a licensed REALTOR® with extensive knowledge of the home buying and selling process, have been helpful. Remember, whether you’re determining the best time to move, creating a budget, avoiding common moving mistakes, or choosing a new neighborhood, working with a real estate professional can make the process smoother and less stressful. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Kate, feel free to contact her directly at 480.226.0314 or visit her website at

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