A blue house under the magnifying glass. Home search.Any home search comes with its share of challenges, but finding a home across the state or the country is especially daunting. Thankfully, with the help of modern technology, a knowledgeable local agent and some smart strategies, your long-distance house hunt can be a success.

Do your research

Before you start perusing real estate listings or paying a visit to your new community, you’ll want to do your homework. Thankfully, the internet is an excellent resource for helping you lay the groundwork for your house hunt. If you’re moving to be near family, friends or work, these groups may also be able to provide useful info and recommendations.

Here are some topics to research in your chosen location:

  • Neighborhoods
  • Public amenities
  • Crime rates
  • Commute times
  • Schools
  • Real estate agents

Choose your agent and your ideal home

Once you’ve filled in the broad strokes of your search with the info above, it’s time to pick an agent and decide what you want in your next home. As a local expert, your agent will be especially important in your search, so take your time in vetting them, and consider using a relocation specialist. With their help, you should next narrow down your wants and must-haves for your new home to avoid wasting time on properties that don’t fit the bill. Then, you can begin reviewing the internet listings for suitable homes that you or your agent find.

Plan your travel

Buying a home sight unseen is possible but rarely recommended. Therefore, you’ll likely need to set aside the time and funds to visit your new community and tour homes with your agent. It’s recommended to set aside at least four to five days to visit properties. Make sure you have the funds to cover your trip, especially if it will include air travel and hotel stays.

Seal the deal

Once you’ve found the home that’s right for you, it’s time to take the plunge. While the purchase process can be completed remotely, you may want to consider at least being present for the inspection of the home to get a better in-person look at the condition of the property. If everything’s in order, you can close the deal and get the keys. Then, it’s just a matter of choosing your movers and making the trek to your new home!