If the bright city lights or rolling fields are calling, you may be experiencing a combination of anxiety and excitement. Moving house is an upheaval, but if you’re switching the town for the country or vice-versa, it can be particularly daunting.
Are you selling up and moving house? If so, here are some simple tips to make relocation a little less stressful.
Planning is essential for any move. The earlier you can get organised, the better. Start looking for a new property as soon as you decide to move. Think about whether you want to buy or rent. The housing market is incredibly buoyant in some parts of the country, so if you want to look around properties, you’ll need to act fast. Do some research to find out more about different areas and transport links. If you’re going to be commuting to work, look out for homes near a tube, bus or train station.
If you’ve made a spontaneous decision and you haven’t got time to consider your options, have a look at sites like Room Club. Here, you’ll find short leases and temporary accommodation solutions. Alternatively, you could ask friends if they know of any spare rooms going while you look for a more permanent base.
If you’re leaving your job, it’s wise to start looking for new opportunities as soon as possible. Make sure you have an up-to-date CV primed and ready and look out for adverts online. Register with some recruitment agencies. If you’re asked to go for interviews, try and schedule them over a couple of days and book a hotel or stay with a friend. It may be tempting to accept the first offer, but if you’re not in a rush, it may be worth biding your time.
Draw up a checklist
If you’re selling your home, draw up a checklist of jobs that need finishing off and give your home a thorough clean. Register with an agency and start drumming up interest with online adverts and print brochures. If you have viewings booked, make sure your home is tidy. If you’re in the process of packing up, try to keep boxes in a spare room. You want prospective buyers to see your home in the best light.
When you have a moving date, start packing as soon as you can. Begin with things you won’t need in the coming weeks. If it’s warm outside, pack up all your winter clothing, coats and shoes, for example. Book a removal service or hire a van. Once you’ve cleared everything out, give your home a clean from top to bottom or enlist the services of a cleaning company.
Pack an overnight bag with essentials you’ll need for the first few days in your new home. This will enable you to get settled without having to trawl through boxes.
Moving house can be stressful, but it can also be hugely exciting. Follow these simple steps to eliminate any hassle and make sure your move is plain sailing.