Are you hoping to move to a new house, a new area or even a different country? If so, you’re probably experiencing a mixture of emotions. Relocating is an exciting prospect, but the process of buying a house, and moving all your possessions can also be incredibly stressful. If you’re planning a dream move, here’s how to make it a reality.
Give yourself time to find the right property
Unless you’re in a mad rush to move, it’s always a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to search for a new home. You may be lucky and fall head over heels with the first house you visit, but it could also take weeks or even months to find a home you love. When you’re buying a house, you don’t want to settle for something that isn’t quite right. Work out your budget, get in touch with some real estate agents, and start searching online. Line up some viewings, and try and be open-minded. Find out as much as you can about the area if you’re moving to a new town, state or country. Resist the temptation to make knee-jerk decisions. Take your time, go on a second or third viewing, and make sure you’re certain about the property before you proceed. Before you start looking, ensure that your finances are in order, and you’re ready to go if you do find the dream home. This will speed up the process.
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If you’re selling your home, make sure you present it in the best possible light. Finish off any simple DIY jobs and make sure it’s clean, tidy and clutter-free before photographs are taken for brochures and online profiles. If you’ve got people coming around to view the property, mow the lawn, light some scented candles, and de-personalize the space. If you take down family photos and drawings the kids have done, this makes it easier for other families to envisage themselves in the house. If your home has been on the market for a while, use feedback from agents and people who have viewed the property to make improvements, and consider adjusting the asking price.
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If you’ve found the perfect pad, and you’ve sold your home, you’re ready to move, but it’s never as simple as it sounds. Moving house takes a lot of effort and energy, and planning ahead will make the entire process much more manageable. Set a moving date, and do as much work as possible in advance. If you work full-time or you have kids, and you don’t have time to worry about packing and unpacking, get some quotes from removals firms. You can choose from different packages to suit your budget and your needs. You may simply need help moving your things from A to B, or you may prefer to include packing services too. If you are going it alone, these packing tips may help http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/moving-tips/.
Before you move, write down a list of everything you need to do. You’ll need to change your postal address, register your new address, and sort out energy bills. You may also want to switch over your TV and broadband packages and find out about local medical and dental clinics.
If you have children, you’ll need to think about where they are going to go to school. It’s best to give yourself time to explore the options before you have to make a final decision.
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Make your home your own
When you buy a house, it can take a while for it to feel like your home, rather than somebody else’s. Once you’ve unpacked, start looking into ways you can personalize the space, and inject your individual style. Hang some framed prints and photos on the walls, look at color charts, and browse magazines and websites for ideas for furniture and soft furnishings. Jot down some ideas and cut out images you like. You can then start forming an impression of what you want each room to look like. After the stress of unpacking and trying to get everybody sorted and settled, redecorating can give you something to look forward to. Think about the vibe you want to go for, and celebrate your personalities with unique touches. Take a trip to some home stores or do some shopping online. If you’re looking for eye-catching pieces like cool lamps, shelving units, and trendy stools, you can tailor your online search. Take a look at sites like Pinterest and Instagram or visit www.Plumgoose.com/arteriors for more ideas.
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Take time off
There are few things more stressful in life than trying to sell your home, buy a new one, and then negotiate a move. If you throw in trying to work as well, you’re likely to run yourself into the ground. Once you have a moving date, book some time off. This will give you time to get sorted in your new house, and to settle in. You can set your home up, get the kids ready to start school, and hopefully, have a little time left over to put your feet up before you have to go back to work again. It’s also really helpful to have other people around, so if you’ve got relatives or friends offering to lend a hand, don’t turn them down.
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Are you in the process is trying to find a new house? Are you selling up and moving on? If so, you’re probably hoping that everything goes smoothly, but we all know that there may be bumps in the road. If you are looking for a new home, or you’re planning a move, it’s always beneficial to give yourself time, and to plan ahead whenever this is possible. Once you’ve got a moving date, start packing or contact some removal firms and get some quotes. Tie up loose ends like changing your address and canceling contracts, and book some time off work. Once you’ve moved in, start taking steps to turn the house into your home, and have fun choosing colors, patterns, and prints, and buying furniture and accessories. Hopefully, you’ll be settled in, and enjoying life in your new home in no time at all.
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