Moving house is one of the most stressful things that you can do in your life. It is rarely a decision that is taken lightly, with people considering a whole host of things before even beginning to take the plunge. When you are planning to move house, you need to think about your current home as well as your next one – when are you planning to move? What sort of budget do you have? Before you even view a house, you need to have these clear in your mind. Here, we share a list of things to do and think about to make sure that you are fully prepared before you start the often long and arduous process of moving house.
Think about why you want to move
Very rarely is it that we move just because we fancy it. Usually, we move because of a change in circumstances – perhaps your family is growing so you need more space, or maybe your children have all grown up and left so that you can look at downsizing. Perhaps you need to move for work or to be closer to family. If it is just because you fancy a change, consider your other options first. Can you renovate your property to save you money and the hassle of moving?
Research New Homes
Once you know for sure that moving is the right choice for you, you need to check out the market for your potential new home. Whether you are looking at luxury new build houses for sale in Burton or riverside apartments, you need to assess how much the houses are in the area that you want to move to, to make sure that you can afford property in the area and that they are suitable. Finding a new home can be a lengthy process, so don’t feel the need to rush into it if you don’t quite find the right property immediately.
Have a clear-out
Having a big sort out and declutter can make you realise whether you need to move or home or are itching to move to get away from all the stuff. Throwing away and sorting out all the things that you no longer need or want is an excellent way to clear not only your home but your mind as well. If you do decide to move, it makes the process a lot more straightforward – fewer things to pack and unpack, fewer items to take in a removal truck which can cost a pretty penny!
Discuss your decision with your family
Make sure everybody in your household is happy with the decision to uproot and move into a new house. While you will, of course, make the overriding decision, you may want to consider talking to your children and giving them plenty of notice, especially if they need to change schools and move away from friends. On the subject of children – make sure you research potential schools and the admissions process in good time.
Look at your finances
Moving house is expensive – incredibly expensive. Not only do you have to find the deposit and have a mortgage in place, but you also need to consider solicitors fees, surveying costs, and all the costs associated with physically moving. Setting a budget, and more importantly, keeping to it, is essential. You don’t want to end up stretching yourself too much.