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Moving Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

By Lamamma @LAmamma1

People get so caught up in the whirlwind of moving, and assume it’s all just one big ball of stress. Which is can be. But if you do it properly, and with plenty of planning, moving house isn’t all as bad as it seems. If you’re doing the move with children, it may be a little harder to navigate, but there’s still ways of making it tonnes easier. To truly enjoy the experience of moving, you need to be able relax into it. Make the most of the family time spent packing the boxes, and most of all, make the most of the house you’ve called a home for however long. You’ll be saying goodbye to memories as well as the house, so why not get the family or friends over for a moving party. Here’s a few little tips to make the whole experience a little easier for you.

Selling

Selling is one of the most nerve wracking parts. The worry of wondering whether a sale is going to happen, whether it’ll fall through and set you back, or if you’re going to even get a viewing is all too much for some people. But this is where planning is essential. You’ll most likely have been browsing different houses similar to yours, and will have an idea of what price you’d like to sell at. You also need to take into account the fact you may need a little extra spare cash to help with things such as new furniture. Once you’ve got a feel for the market and what you could sell at, talk to a property expert. You can either go through the property market, or if you want to sell your house fast, there are companies that’ll buy it off you to resell. Figure out what the best deal would be for you and go with it. Work around the budget you get from your estimation and you’ll be on your way to an affordable home. It’s easy for people to want more than they can afford, this will only set you back in the future, stick with the easy route.

Buying

Buying, like selling, is one of the most gruelling processes of the move. There’s just so much back and forth negotiations going on, it really does become stressful. The best thing to do here is put your trust into someone reliable. So many realtors can really mess people around. You need to find someone who is going to give you some sound advice, and show you property’s you’ll actually like. You need to know exactly what you want to be able to do this however. It’s such a big gamble to play with that much money, to find you actually want a house with a pool rather than not, or three bedrooms rather than four. Once you’ve found that dream home, you need to master the art of negotiation. For some, this comes naturally, for others it’s not so easy. A lot of people will put the price of their home to one that is a little higher than usual. You’ll have done the same with your own home. Go in with an asking price that is around $5000-$10000 less than what they’re asking for. If they’re in need of a quick sale, they might be willing to drop the price a little, saving you a lot of money to either cover fees, or the cost of things you need to buy. If they don’t, you’ll have hopefully budgeted for the asking price, and be on your way to a new home. Once all the paperwork has gone through and the fees have been paid, you can move onto the fun part. Moving.

Some people will tell you this is the worst part. If you have children, this part definitely will be tricky, but it can still be fun. The first thing you’re going to need to sort is transferring your address to your new one on all your accounts. Literally everything associated with you will have your current address attached to it. Think of everything from bank accounts, to billing accounts and swap them all. You’ll need to sort out new broadband and Wi-Fi and you’ll need to move your gas, electric, and water bills over to the new property. It might be the case that your new home is a lot more economical, so be sure to take regular meter readings in the first few months of the move and see if you’re entitled to pay less.

If you’re moving with children, you need to try and put them first through this. Think about the schools they need to move to if you’re going far and what will be the best for them. A good school is so important for their education and their social life. Hopefully you’ll be moving to an area that has one with a good reputation. Decorating is such a fun part of moving, a way of making it a little easier, and perhaps messier, is letting the kids get involved. They’ll be hating the change just as much as you will, so keep them distracted as best as you can. Let them pick out what design they’d like their room, and take them to the store to choose little accessories. Helping them to feel involved during a time where they might feel rather left out is essential.

Then you need to think about things that you’re going to need. Appliances being the main one. You might already have some from your old home, but it may be time to splash a little cash and get new ones, especially if the measurements don’t match up. Search through multiple different sites to find the cheapest deal. Some companies will massively overcharge you. You might also want to try looking on sites or shops where you can spread the cost. Money will be tight during the first part of the move, so this option might be a little more cost effective for you.


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