Top tips when you’re moving home

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Most people will have heard the comment that moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do in life, and that’s definitely true. Good planning and organisation helps you to reduce the stress levels as much as possible. This starts as soon as you decide that you may want to move.

So what sort of things do you need to look at, from when you decide you want to move, to when you are moved in and looking at what changes you may want to make? We’re going to take a look at some top tips, which will hopefully make a home move a little easier.

Knowing your limitations

One of the worst things you can do is house hunt before you actually know what your budget is. The very first thing you need to do is consider whether you realistically have enough money to meet any deposit you may need, and to cover the cost of expenses such as solicitor’s and estate agent’s fees. You also need to consider whether your credit rating will be good enough to get a mortgage. Remember that you don’t need to have a bad payment history to have a poor rating; having no payment history can also cause problems. It’s worth checking your rating so you know exactly where you stand. It’s important to be realistic when you do apply for a mortgage. Don’t overestimate what you can afford to pay each month as this will only cause you problems after the move.

Choosing a new home

Once you have your finances in place then you can concentrate on looking for a new place to live. You may be restricted to certain areas as you may be moving for a specific reason, such as work or to take care of elderly relatives. There are some basic things you need to think about when you are looking for your new home:

  • Do you want somewhere you can just move into, or are you happy to do work?

  • If you have children are there good schools in the area for them to go to?

  • Will your furniture fit in your new home; this includes being able to get it through the door.

  • What are the neighbours like? Don’t be afraid to knock and have a chat.

  • What is the energy rating for the property?

  • What are other charges like in the area?

  • Are there any outward signs of issues with the property, such as damp, mould or structural cracks?

It’s really important that you do your homework about both the area and the property, as it’s a big investment to make, to then have regrets after. If you want to save some money on estate agent, is the site where you can found most of the real estate places and vouchers from The Little House Company, HouseWeb and many more.

Moving and settling

The move itself can be chaotic if you’re not organised. As soon as you know you are moving it’s a good idea to sort through everything, and get rid of items you don’t need, either by throwing them away, donating to charity or selling them. If you can’t make a decision, or you are going to have an interim period before you can move into your new home, you may need to consider investing in storage. Have a visit on VoucherBin to find out great deal on vouchers for cheaper storage options, and insurance for while your items are in storage.

Once you have moved to your new home, you may want to buy some new furniture and accessories, to put your stamp on the property, and to add a fresh feel to your current furniture. A quick splash of paint can also help to make a home feel your own. You probably won’t have a fortune to spend after the move, but you don’t have to spend a lot, if you make use of some of the voucher codes from famous shop Dreams, BHS Furniture etc. available at VoucherBin. Its well worth the effort to make the savings, as you can make your new home just how you want it, at a reasonable cost.