Relocating to Anchorage: How to Eliminate the Stress of Moving

Posted by Dan Wolf on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 2:36pm.

Whether you are planning to retire or starting a new business venture in Anchorage, moving is still one of the most stressful life events. For couples who can’t agree on how much to spend on a new home, which neighborhood and what kind of home features, the prospect of relocating to Anchorage is even more daunting. Fortunately, your Anchorage Realtor can work as a mediator for you and your spouse as well as for the two of you and the seller. According to a story by The Boston Globe, buying a home often taxes a relationship. If you and your spouse are opposites, the problem is even more pronounced. At the same time, use the process of buying a home in Anchorage as an opportunity to negotiate, work as a team and learn the art of compromise.          

Gaining something new

When you move, you experience loss because you feel like you are giving up old friends, memories and a part of yourself. To overcome the sense of loss, focus on making new friends and surrounding yourself with photographs and tokens of the past. Bring your favorite pieces of art, antiques and pieces of furniture, but leave behind the furniture and “stuff” that doesn’t hold a lot of sentimental meaning.

Avoiding major fixer uppers

Although some couples say they strengthen their relationship by working together on an Anchorage foreclosure or fixer upper, some studies show renovations causes marital stress. If you are already under stress because of relocating to Anchorage, don’t put further stress on yourself by tackling a big project. Instead, consider buying a move-in ready home or new construction house.

Giving and taking

While your Realtor will negotiate on your behalf with the seller, you need to negotiate with your spouse. Talk about your list of priorities until you can agree on items that matter to both of you. According to the Boston Globe, a negotiation is successful when each party gets something they want but realizes they won’t get everything.

One way to compromise is to agree to what how much you are willing to spend on a home now and how much you will spend on renovations and updates in the future. If your spouse insists on a home with hardwood floors, you could commit to a specific timeline and budget for having the floors installed. Ask your Realtor to negotiate for a flooring allowance so you can reduce your out-of-pocket costs for updating.

At Wolf Real Estate, we help buyers relocating to Anchorage, Alaska as well as people moving from a starter home to a step-up house in the same area. For more tips on buying a home together with a person who has different tastes and priorities, please contact us at 248-9653 or visit us at

Photos by DMD Real Estate Photography

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