Sunday, August 12, 2018

How To Prepare For A Household Move

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Moving to a new house can be an extremely stressful undertaking. It requires you to pick up your life and take it to an entirely new location. Rather than staying safely within your comfort zone, you will be forced to compromise, experiment, and explore. If you are worried about the challenges ahead, it is important that you make your plans as soon as possible. This will help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel and will save you from making costly mistakes. Simply work your way through the following seven steps, and before you know it, you will be the proud owner of a new home.

Clean and tidy your current property
Before you do anything else, you will need to clean and tidy your property. You might be surprised by just how much difference this can make to your home. If you are going to secure an impressive price, it is important that you are showing off your property in the best light. That is why you should set yourself the challenge of completing a deep clean before the week is out. Have no fear, this step shouldn’t take you too long. It will be especially fast if you call in your friends and family for help. However, even if you go it alone, you should be able to complete your chores in a short period of time. Then, the only challenge will be to keep your standards high until the sale goes through.

Secure a good price for your home
The next step is to secure a good price for your home. Just remember: the more money you make, the more money you will have to spend on your new property. If you are struggling to secure a buyer, it is vital that you don’t give up. Taking your home on and off the market can be an expensive business. Furthermore, if you eventually end up putting your home back on the market, you may appear desperate to potential buyers. In order to avoid this predicament, you should sell your house to an investor. This is a fantastic way for you to speed up the process of selling your property. It is also a great opportunity for you to achieve your ambitious financial goals.

Widen your search area
During the process of searching for your new home, it is essential that you keep an open mind. Otherwise, you are at risk of missing out on incredible properties with tons of potential. Although it is understandable that you would have your favorite areas, there is no harm in exploring a wide range of locations. Perhaps you could visit a different town or city every weekend. You could enjoy a drink at a small café, explore the local parks, or simply walk up and down a selection of streets. You might not always like the areas that you are visiting, but every now and then you should stumble across a location that ticks the right boxes. You might even find a more affordable location than the ones you were previously considering.  

Take on a renovation project
Another excellent way to save money is by taking on a renovation project. Not only will this allow you to reduce your initial expenses, but it will also provide you with more opportunities further down the line. Instead of making do with a property that fails to meet all of your needs, you should look out for a property with the potential to be turned into your perfect home. It might be that there is enough space for a large extension. Or, it could be that the loft space is primed and ready for an attic conversion. Whatever the case, it is important that you are using your imagination. Yes, you will be required to compromise on a short-term basis, but eventually you will be able to enjoy an incredible home that you have designed yourself.  

Schedule in a comprehensive survey
If you do decide to take on a renovation project, you will need to schedule in a comprehensive survey before you part with your hard-earned money. This is also an essential step to take if you are buying a new build, as not all property problems are obvious. If you are lucky, your survey will come back free from any major issues. This will help you to achieve peace of mind and will also come in handy when you are trying to secure an affordable insurance policy. However, if your survey uncovers a serious problem, this doesn’t have to be a complete disaster. You could always use this information to knock down the home owner’s asking price. This will be easier to do once you have a quote for the necessary repairs.  

Prepare your possessions for packing and moving
The moment that you have sold your home and selected your dream property, you should begin the process of preparing your possessions for packing and moving. Firstly, you will need to get rid of any unnecessary items that do nothing but clutter up your home. Next, you will need to invest in large boxes and rolls of bubble wrap. If you are hoping to cut your costs, you could always visit your local grocery store and ask for their old storage boxes. Then, you will need to organize your items into different categories. While it might be tempting to randomly throw your possessions into boxes, it is a much better idea to plan ahead. This will help you to unpack when you finally arrive at your new home.

Work with an interior designer
Last but not least, you should think about working with an interior designer. If you struggle to think creatively, this is a wonderful way for you to get the most out of your new space. A trained professional will help you to transform an empty house into an attractive, enjoyable, and functional home. Why not hire your interior designer before you make your move? This will give you the chance to add the finishing touches to your property well in advance of your moving date.
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