Moving is an incredibly stressful and difficult process, so hopefully you’ll be able to find some peace of mind, after reading this article. One of the most important things to remember when moving is that people undergo this process all the time, so you are not alone, no matter how stressful it may seem! Here are some of my top tips to consider, before you’ve packed up the boxes and you’re in the moving van, whether you’re moving away to university for the first time, or shifting your whole family (aunts, sisters, dogs, cats, and partners) to the other side of the world. I hope these help you like they’ve helped me!
1) Compromise: No house is ever perfect, but some come pretty close to it. Sometimes it helps to draw up a list of all the things you want in a home, and see what the common themes are. It will be impossible to find a country house for dad, in a city for mum, near the local pub and club scene for the older sister, with acres of space for brother’s farm. Even if you’re moving on your own, there will be a compromise between size, convenience, amenities, and cost.
2) Location: How easy will it be to travel to school? Work? The Supermarket? What happens if you run out of milk on a Sunday and nothing’s open? What are the transportation links like? You can change the inside of the house as much as you like, but you will never be able to pick the house up and move it somewhere else, so you need to make sure that the location is something you will be able to live with. I always find it easier to get a big map, and look at the location of my potential houses, and look at different travel routes to and from important services, and weigh up travel times and costs.
3) Budget: Renting and buying in London is not cheap. Will you be able to afford rent every month, or a mortgage, based on your household income? By all means look at what it is you want, but it is also important not to stick to reality – what can you afford? If you’re looking to buy (in or out of London), how much work would need to be done to the house, to make it fit to live in? Settlement cracks, subsidence, condition of windows and floors? What fixtures and fittings come with the house, what would you need to bring yourself?
4) Investigate: See what’s out there: look at as many houses as you possibly can, so you get a feel for what it is you like in a house, and what you don’t like. Some people might love period features, exposed wood floor boards or kooky storage space, and some people might detest them. Get an idea.
5) Experience: Get a feel for the local area as well, drink in what might well become your local pub, and talk to the people who live and work in the area. They will reveal a lot more to you than any landlord or estate agent ever will! Explore the shops, the schools and maybe see how much a taxi from A to B would cost. Think about the little things that you know about living where you live, how much a bus to your best friend’s house would be, or how long it would take you to get to the centre of town by car and so on, try and find those bits of information out, so when you move to your new home, it’s not such a struggle to work it out on the spot!
6) Downsize: A quite common occurrence, disposing some of the possessions you own before a move, downsizing is an important part of the moving process. This will allow you to make the process of moving and relocation far easier by comparison, so you should seriously consider it as you move forward. Clothes, furniture and other things may be donated or sold to make room for more at your new home or to make the move a lot lighter and less stressful to deal with.
Heather Roberts is a blogger from United Kingdom.
As a former realtor, she has a good house selling experience. Currently she writes on behalf of West London Business Movers.