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View Poll Results: How long was your scouting trip or length of scouting trips combined before making the final move to
3 days or less 2 12.50%
4 days to 1 week 5 31.25%
1 to 2 weeks 4 25.00%
2 to 4 weeks 1 6.25%
Great than one month 4 25.00%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-08-2015, 11:57 PM
 
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If you made multiple scouting trips, combine the number of days / weeks of all trips.

And sorry for the typo in the poll; the last option should be "greater" than one month.
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Old 05-09-2015, 02:40 AM
 
Location: super bizarre weather land
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I made several week length trips here for work and after trip #1 years ago I knew I wanted to move here, and explored the area pretty extensively during all the trips because I would stay over the weekend at my own expense. My official scouting trip (looking for housing and such) was a week but all the trips total were 4-5 weeks.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Never went before I moved. Happy with my decision.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:35 AM
 
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SO accepted a job on Thursday, we called a realtor and drove to Texas Friday. 12 houses later we bought on Saturday afternoon.
It will be pretty much the same with the upcoming move.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:42 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Moved to Atlanta, did a 3 day trip to look around,

Came back 2 months later on 4 day (3 night) House Shopping trip.

House 1 fell thru, moved on to House 2 when I was back in NJ, closed on House 2 about 8 weeks later.

1st trip in Early May, House Hunting trip Late June, Closed in Late September, Moved Early October.
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Old 05-16-2015, 07:59 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Ours will only be a week or little more.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:09 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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One thing I've seen in some of the postings, People Combining Vacation/tourism, on there house hunting/scouting trips.

Honestly you need concentrate on just the scouting. Unless you have lots of time to scout, you need to concentrate on finding your new home / location. Not spend 1/2 day (or days) doing tourism in your new area.

There lots of time for that after your move.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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We had been visiting the area for over a decade. In a few of these visits we had looked at housing in our probably town.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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When the ex and I moved to Denver (he went first) no scouting at all. I think it makes it more exciting..
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Tennessee at last!
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6 days at the location, plus 2 days to travel there and back, 8 days for the total trip

Put in an offer on the house on the third day, offer accepted on the fourth or fifth day

I am an ol' government employee, used to getting one week to scout out a new home after accepting a transfer. Followed the regular process I am used to, but brought the kiddos this time. Most of the research was done on line before my feet touched the ground.

Initially we were looking for property to build a house on next to a river, but also looked at existing houses on rivers. But we were staying at a timeshare on a lake and decided we liked the lakes better than the rivers. So we switched locations from Cookeville to Crossville and bought on a lake. We also got to know Crossville when we stayed there and liked the smaller community that the larger one at Cookeville. The kiddos have only lived in smaller communities, more rural than urban
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