We’re moving house, or at least we might be!! We have considered moving home for a little while as our eldest will be finishing at primary school in a few years and where we are currently located the secondary schools are awful. Moving isn’t something anyone wants to do too often. Moving to a new house is one of the most stressful things that you can do alongside starting a new job or having a baby.
One reason moving is so stressful is that it seems to take such a long time. From deciding that you want to move, to actually making an offer on a property can take months.
You’ll face even further stress if you struggle to get approved for a mortgage or there are issues with the searches on your new home. Luckily we have a mortgage approval and have made our offer which has been accepted and now it’s in the hands of the solicitors who will be looking at the paperwork with a fine toothed comb to make sure everything is in order. If all goes well it’s going to be at least a few months before we actually move. I will admit I am dreading the packing followed by the unpacking and figuring out where all our belongings should go. Now that I think about it numerous people and companies including the car insurance guys will need to be informed of our new address. It’ll be a long and tedious process especially with my memory and it’ll be a fair few months before I’ve remembered to tell everyone.
Settling in will be fun. I remember when we move to our first home (where we are at the moment) I felt like I was on holiday for a while even though I had to cook and clean. I was really exciting and it took a fair length of time for the novelty to wear off.
How You Can Make Moving Less Stressful
Selling Your Home
One of the least exciting parts of moving is selling your current home. You’ll need to find an estate agent and put it on the market, then face people coming in to view it hopefully when the children are at school if you have any. The best way to cut stress is to sell quickly, easier said then done in this market. As soon as you decide to move, before putting your home on the market preparations need to be made in order to get it ready for sale.
In order to do this you can:
Take a look around your home and make any small repairs that are needed. Even things like replacing or tightening a wobbly cupboard door handle can make a difference.
No one will ever look around a dirty / messy house and see their dream home. Keeping it clean and tidy helps people to imagine it as their home. Give it a deep clean and then keep on top of things whilst viewings are being arranged.
Kerb Appeal. When it comes to buying a house, first impressions really do matter. So, make sure you get the front of your house looking inviting.
Freshen up. Easy to do and not too expensive either – give the walls a fresh coat of paint so that it looks bright and fresh. Then, open the windows up and get some fresh flowers to give it a nice smell. You can always pop pre-made cookie dough in the over to give that homely feel.
Searching for a New Home
Searching for a new house is one of the more exciting parts of a move. But, it can still be stressful if you face disappointments and struggle to find something that you love. To avoid this, be specific when filtering your searches. Stick to your budget and the area you want and only view homes that you think could be the one.
Securing a Mortgage
Securing a mortgage is for many the hardest part of buying a home, especially the first time around. Make sure you shop around to get the best deal for you!
The first thing that you need to do is budget. Take a look at a conveyancing fees calculator, estimate how much stamp duty you are likely to pay, look into legal costs and think about what kind of survey you might need. It’s important to have an estimate of the total of the associated costs before applying for a mortgage so that you know if you can cover the costs.
Make sure you see a mortgage advisor before you start to look at houses so that you’ve got a good idea of how much you can borrow. Before this appointment, prepare your last three months bank statements, statements from any savings accounts, three months’ payslips and last p60. Being prepared and having your documents organised will make the process much easier.
The fun part, or not! Packing can be hard work especially if you’ve lived somewhere for a long time and you’ve amassed a lot of stuff like us. n the other hand, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for a good clear out. Take the time to declutter, the more you, donate, sell, or throw away, the less you’ll need to move to your new house. Be ruthless, this is a new start and a good declutter can help you to emotionally detach from your old home.
When packing label your boxes. Make sure you keep one box to one side and fill it with everything that you might need for your first night in your new home – don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also want another separate box including some treats, a kettle and anything else that will keep you going on a busy moving day.
Moving day is a big physical challenge. Take your time and do it over a few days if you can instead of rushing to get it all done it one go. If possible, book time off work to get everything done rather than trying to squeeze it into the weekend. When it comes to changing address and setting up new utility contracts be organised and start letting people know as soon as you’ve got a move date. You can also do most things online to cut down the stress.
Then, it’s time to unpack, get everything set up and start enjoying life in your new home. It can be tempting to rush this part, but remember, once you’re in, there’s no need. Take your time to get things exactly how you want them.
What top tips would you give someone moving home?
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