Making a Successful Cross Country Move

Making a Successful Cross Country Move

Moving across the street is stressful enough, but moving cross country is a whole different situation full of its own stressors. You are about to move to a location you know next to nothing about, have no idea where the best schools are or where the grocery store is. You aren’t even sure where to get the best cup of coffee. While some concerns are bigger than others, it is important to be prepared for anything when making such a momentous move.

Finding Your Dream Home

Due to the current state of the world due to the coronavirus, almost all real estate transactions have been revamped to make virtual tours the new normal. This allows a buyer to see exactly what a potential home looks like, no matter where they are in the world. Using virtual tours can help you narrow down your search to just a few homes and can make the purchasing decision more streamlined. 

It is also highly recommended that you take the time to physically visit any potential homes on your shortlist before purchasing, if possible. A virtual tour does not show you entire neighborhoods or towns. Therefore, narrowing down your search and then going to the actual homes and surrounding areas before a final choice is highly recommended.

Timing is Everything

It is important to start planning your move at least 2 months in advance. This gives you plenty of time to effectively go through your belongings and declutter. The last thing you want to do is pay to move items you are just going throw out upon arrival. 

Now is the time to start deciding how you are moving, whether with professional movers, self-packing containers, or driving your own rental truck. If you are depending on a moving company or self-packing company, you need to be sure to do the proper research to make sure the company is trustworthy and dependable. 

Protect Your Investment

Purchasing a new home is the most important investment you may ever make, do it wisely. Hiring a real estate attorney is imperative when purchasing any home, especially one that may be sight unseen and in an unfamiliar state. 

Not just any real estate attorney will do though. Making sure your attorney is licensed in your new state is also incredibly important. Real estate transactions can get quite messy and confusing, as laws are different in every state. Therefore, moving to Illinois means you need to have a qualified real estate attorney who will look out for your best interests and knows Illinois real estate law. Thus, giving you the peace of mind that your purchase is done correctly, potentially saving you money and heartache down the road.

If you are looking to make the move to the Chicagoland area, give Bell Law a call. They have experienced real estate lawyers that are ready to assist you every step of the way. The professionals at Bell Law are well versed in Illinois real estate law and can ensure that your new home purchase is seamless and legally secure. Call them today to get started on your exciting new adventure.

What Home Buyers Are Looking For In Their Next Purchase

What Home Buyers Are Looking For In Their Next Purchase

The weather is finally breaking – can you feel spring in the air? One group of people who are feeling spring fever are home buyers and sellers. The Chicagoland market is notoriously stagnant during the winter months, but as the spring flowers begin to bloom, the market begins to boom again. This year is proving to be the same with buyers and sellers rushing to make their next transaction.

If you are selling this season, is your home attractive to new buyers? Here are a few things this season’s home buyers are looking for.

Move-In Ready Homes

Hopefully, you used the slow winter months to get your home updated and ready to put on the market. If you didn’t get to every project on your to-do list, it’s okay. Most buyers can handle a few small DIY projects, but most buyers are not willing to buy a home that will require a lot of construction or remodeling. Make sure your home is updated, painted, and a blank slate for new owners to make their own.

A Great Neighborhood

Chicagoland buyers, whether they are looking in the city or in the suburbs, pay close attention to the neighborhood they will be joining. It’s not just the school system they are investigating, but proximity to parks or other green space, as well as closeness to public transportation and grocery stores. They want a neighborhood that suits their lifestyle and while you can’t move your home to a new part of town, you can highlight the great parts of your area to potential buyers. Don’t just show off your home – show off your neighborhood!

A Seamless Closing

Experienced home buyers want to work with sellers who are committed to an easy process, from offer to closing. If you aren’t already working with a real estate attorney, don’t delay. You will not only entice savvy buyers, but you will also protect your own interests. The team at Bell Law has decades of experience working with buyers and sellers, and can make the process as seamless as possible.

Give us a call today to tell us more about your situation. 

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent and Attorney

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent and Attorney

Choosing the right professional can make tasks around your home and life a lot easier. For example, you find the right plumber when your pipes are leaking or the right mechanic when your car sounds wrong. When you are ready to buy or sell your house, the right professionals can make the process smoother and protect your assets during the transaction. But with Real Estate Agents and Attorneys around every corner in your neighborhood, how can you know which one will give you the best experience? Here are just a few qualities to look for when choosing a real estate agent and attorney.

Local Knowledge

No matter if you are the buyer or the seller, you want a guide who knows your neighborhood of choice. Look for a Real Estate Agent who is local and knows the best up and coming neighborhoods. Finding a local Attorney is just as important. Knowledge about specific ordinances and laws will assure your transaction happens flawlessly.


When you are looking for an Agent and an Attorney, start by asking your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. A good Agent will have plenty of solid recommendations about their availability, knowledge, and overall experience. Similarly, an Attorney will receive praise for their knowledge and protecting their client assets.


When you are ready to call a few professionals to help during your buying or selling process, pay close attention to how much attention you receive during that first phone call. You want an Agent and an Attorney who will get back to you promptly and who seems genuinely excited to help you. While real estate professionals are certainly busy with their clients, the best ones have a way of making each client feel cared for.

If you are ready for work with an Attorney who has the local experience in the Chicagoland market, with big and small property transactions, contact the team at Bell Law. We enjoy giving each of our clients the attention they deserve and will assure your sale or purchase goes as smoothly as possible. Give us a call to get started today.

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