The New Year is a great time to start a new chapter in your life. From small changes that take a few hours to implement, to larger ones that change your life completely, January is the perfect time to start making changes, and this includes moving house.
If your New Year’s Resolutions is to start fresh and move house, here’s five things you’ll need to consider.
Where to Live
Number one on your list should be where to move to. Regardless of your reasons behind relocation, you’ll need to have a clear idea of exactly where you’ll want to live before you start your search. Whether renting or buying, think about how long you want to spend at your new home (6 months, 3 years, or the rest of your life) as this can have a direct reflection on where you choose to live. A shabby rental flat with good transport links might be good for 6 months to a year, but anytime longer than that and you may begin to regret that your landlord has no intention of improving the kitchen.
If you’re buying, or looking for a long-term let, be sure to check local amenities, schools, shops, and anything else you would use on a regular basis. Don’t be put off by houses in need of a little TLC, as those buying can factor renovation into their long-term budget.
What to Take
Moving house is the right time to declutter. If you’re hoarding anything, or holding onto items that you no longer want or need, use relocating as the time to get rid of these items. If they’re valuable, try selling them on eBay, or at your local auction house. If not, then why not give them to your local charity shop. If your attic is overrun with your children’s old toys that are in good condition, why not go to a car boot sale and let your kids keep any money made from the items sold?
If you don’t want to get rid of items just yet, or are only completing a temporary move into a smaller space, consider placing items in a local storage facility instead.
Whether to Invest in Furniture or Not
If moving from a furnished home to an unfurnished home, then you’ll need to decide whether to buy expensive long lasting furniture, or whether to pop to your nearest Ikea for some flat pack fixes. Think carefully about this, as furniture can actually add a lot to the cost of moving house. If you’re set on having beautiful long lasting furniture in your home, then consider visiting second hand shops for bargains.
Although more expensive in the long run, buying cheaper furniture now, and replacing it with more expensive, longer lasting pieces in the future, can help prevent over spending during your move.
What your Future Plans are
When thinking about moving, don’t just think about the needs of your current situation, look at your long term plans. Are you planning on starting a family? Will your children be leaving home soon? Are you hoping for a raise, or promotion? Do you want to switch jobs? When are you planning on retiring? All of these questions should have a direct effect on the type of property you are looking for.
Who’s going to help you Move
From the early stages, you’ll need to be thinking about who is going to help you move. The amount and type of help you’ll need does change depending on the size of your move, but there is plenty of help available. Our services range from packing, storage, to full and partials moves, making us ideal for your needs.