There’s more to moving into a new home than packing some bags and boxes. It can be a long process; sometimes, even finding the right property is time-consuming and soul-destroying. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Think of how perfect it’ll be once you live in a home that’s just right for you. And it doesn’t have to be as hard as you’re making it. Let’s talk through the steps involved with moving house and how you could make things cheaper and simpler without compromising on anything.
Buying the property.
The very first step is buying the property in question. You need to do your research when it comes to this, and that doesn’t just mean narrowing down your options to one dream home. You need to keep multiple doors open. First of all, think about the deal you’re getting. If you’re moving with your family then you’ll need to think about schools and nearby playgrounds. You’ll probably want to think about the commute to work; will it be costly? Will that cost cancel out the “great price” you’d be getting on the house itself? You also need to think about the neighborhood and nearby towns or cities. The location is just as important as the property itself. Imagine yourself living in this house and how you’d want to spend your day-to-day life. Would it be practical to live there? Make sure you don’t jump at the initial price for a property either. Try to haggle, and make it clear that you’re eyeing up other options.
Of course, you might want to consider other options when it comes to buying a new home. Rather than buying a ready-made property, you could consider buying some land and simply building your own. This might surprise you, but it’s often cheaper to do that than to actually buy a house outright. As long as you do your research before making any commitments and develop a plan as to how you’d want your house to look and how much it would cost for both materials and labour, it could work out being a cost-effective and more satisfying house-moving experience. You’ll also want to look into retrospective planning permission so as to ensure that you’ll have legal authorisation to develop a new property on a piece of land. Other than that, it could end up being an easier process that leads to the home of your dreams (because it’ll literally be your vision and design).
Moving your belongings.
When it comes to packing your belongings, don’t just shove everything into boxes. This is a chance for a new start. You don’t want to bring all your clutter to your new home and make it look cramped and worn-out within the first week. Take a look at all your possessions and figure out which things you really need to bring with you. Anything you don’t want can be thrown away or sold if it’s still in reasonable condition. And when you’re packing the remaining things, make sure you leave out essentials such as clothes and toiletries for your “first night” bag. You don’t want to have to search through endless boxes to find the things you need on day one. There could even be a delay with the moving van, so don’t risk it. Make sure you also give some thought to the movers you hire – consider how many things you actually own and how big a van or truck you’ll need.