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Moving to Albuquerque/Santa Fe? Here’s What You Need to Know

Whether you’re moving from across the city, the state, or the country, relocation is a big life change. Packing up your old home, finding and closing on a new one, and taking care of all the details in the process? It’s easy to get overwhelmed.

But when you’re moving to a one-of-a-kind area like Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the process is well-worth it in the end! After all, where else can you find hundreds of years of history, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and some of the most stunning landscapes in the country?

If you’re making the move to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, don’t worry: we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to have a successful relocation journey.

Get to Know the Area

Albuquerque at night.

Sandia Mountains Trails, award-winning golf courses, the Old Town Historic District, the  Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta—every aspect of the area offers something unique.

If you’re getting ready to make a move, take some time to really dig into what makes Albuquerque and Santa Fe so special, from the different neighborhoods to the wide range of homes. These cities have a little something for everybody, from premier shopping to an active nightlife. Check out a few of our favorite hidden gems as you prepare for your move!

Find Your Dream Home

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There are lots of different stages to the relocation process, and maybe you’re still in the home search phase. Santa Fe and Albuquerque are home to a wide variety of homes in different price ranges, sizes, and locations, so there’s an option for nearly every buyer!

Take some time to think about what’s most important to you in a home. Do you need recently updated features? A yard with plenty of room to roam? A quick commute to work? Once you’ve nailed down the basics, use our home search tool to find a few options!

Get Some Answers

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Buying, moving, relocating—it all comes with a lot of questions. From finding the right mortgage to recommending local lenders to answering your questions about closing, our Buyer FAQs were made to break down every aspect of relocation. Browse a few of our answers, and let us know if you have any other burning questions!

Pack Like a Pro

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While it’s certainly not the most complicated part of moving, it might the most dreaded. Staring down all of your possessions, knowing you’re going to have to find a way to pack it all up in boxes and haul it to a new place…sounds exhausting.

While packing is going to be more time-consuming than other tasks, there are ways to make it much easier on yourself. Start stockpiling some cardboard boxes, and check out our guide to packing like a pro!

Make Your Move with the Feil Team

Moving is stressful, but our team is here to help take some of those worries off of your shoulders. Take some time to dive into our resources, and give us a call when you’re ready to start your real estate journey!

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Your Guide to Moving to Albuquerque

So you’ve made the decision to move to Albuquerque. Congrats! This is a fantastic place to live. The weather is moderate and comfortable year-round, there’s ample outdoor recreation, and the local culture is unbeatable.

This area is known for its fascinating Native American culture and history, as well as its delicious food. Local Albuquerque has vibrant street art and murals, awesome museums and aquariums, and no shortage of gorgeous outdoor sights.

If you’re moving here, you’ll soon discover why locals get so excited about hot air balloons, and what it means to live at a higher altitude.

We could rave about life in Albuquerque for days, but before you move, check out these helpful relocation tips!

Plan Ahead

The number one tip for a successful and stress-free move is in-depth planning. If you have the time, start planning your move a couple months in advance. Use these relocation tips as a guide.

Moving with a pet? Check out these tips for a stress-free move with your four-legged family members!

Get Rid of Excess Stuff

A month or two before your move, have a garage sale. Get rid of everything that you don’t use or that you’ve outgrown. This way, you’ll have less stuff topack and worry about when it’s finally time to move.

If you don’t have the time for a garage sale, consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

Gather Packing Supplies

moving boxesIn the weeks before you start packing, begin to gather packing supplies. Hit up your local big-box retailer during off-hours to see if they have extra boxes. You can also go to the liquor store for this. Keep in mind that these boxes are not reinforced.

Be sure to stock up on other supplies, including:

  • Packing tape to reinforce boxes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning for fragile items
  • Labels
  • Permanent markers

Label Everything!

When it finally comes time to pack up everything, do it one room at a time. Start a week or two in advance by packing up the stuff you don’t use every day. Pack heavy items like books in smaller boxes, for easier moving.

Try to pack by room, and then label every box by the room it belongs to. Once you arrive at your new home, instruct the movers or friends to move boxes labeled with their corresponding room.

Keep Valuables and Important Documents Close By

The night before moving, pack all of your personal, must-have items in a box or bag and keep it close by. Pack this with any valuables, like jewelry or antiques, as well as with personal documents.

Include medications, contact information, cell phone chargers, and snacks, as well as toiletries like your toothbrush. You’ll thank yourself later.

Prepare Your Body

high elevationIf you’re moving from somewhere sea-level, you should know that your body may take a few days or even weeks to adjust to the altitude.

This is very normal for newcomers to Albuquerque, but give your body a few days of lounging around to adjust.

Any Other Questions? Let Us Know!

We’re so excited to have you join the Albuquerque community! If you need any additional relocation resources, please let us know.