Whether you’ve put your home on the market or you’re looking to sell it in the near future, there’s no better time than now to organize the house move. Moving house isn’t easy – no matter whether you’re moving to the next neighborhood or across the country. And especially so when you’re doing it with a family in tow.
So spend some time thinking about everything you have to prepare ahead of time, to ensure you’re in the best position possible.
To help guide you in the right direction, here are 5 key things you should consider in advance:
What Budget You Have For Your New Home?
Ok, so if you’ve already put your house on the market then there’s a chance that you’ve purchased a new property. But if you have yet to do this, it’s essential that you’ve sat down and worked out exactly how much you can spend on the process – from the price of the property down to the forgotten costs associated with it (estate agent fees, agency fees, survey costs, etc.)
How Close Your New Home is to Amenities
When moving home, you want a house that’s within easy reach of the kid’s school, your work and amenities (such as the supermarket). So when moving house, make sure that you only view houses that are in your ideal location.
Even if you find a beautiful home in the middle of the countryside, it’s hours-long commute to anything may prove to be too much. So head out there and test how long it will take you to get to any of the core places you have to go every day and determine whether it’s viable or not.
Hire Movers or DIY?
This is a consideration that you’ll want to work out in advance to ensure that you’re ready for the cost and the effort associated with either option. For example, if you’re thinking about hiring movers, they will often package and move all of your possessions to your new home taking away the stress that would have otherwise rested on your shoulders. But the service will, of course, come with a price that’s too much for some people – especially if they have a lot of items or are moving cross-country.
Whereas if you move yourself, you’ll be in control of moving everything from one property to another, but you won’t have to pay for labor. As part of deciding which is better for you, it’s worth sitting down and writing out the pros and cons of each option.
Informing Friends and Family
When moving house, you don’t only need to inform your utility company and update your address on key legal documents. You also need to inform your friends and family of the move. This might sound obvious, but among the stress of the move, you may forget to update a key figure in your life.
Redirecting Your Mail
To guarantee that your bills and other post doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, make sure that you redirect your mail to your new home. Although you will have updated services that you use of your new address when you’ve moved in, it prevents anything that you’ve forgotten to change going to your old property.
So, there you go! Those are just 5 of the key things you should think about doing when moving home. Of course, everyone is different – so it’s clear that your checklist might not be the same as others. Regardless of this, it’s vital that you’re as organized as you can move from day one.