This post goes through all you need to know when it comes to moving house tips and checklist for the big move countdown – we all need a little helping hand when moving house…© Ponsulak | Dreamstime.com
Most people get quite overwhelmed by the prospect of moving. It is always said that its one of the most stressful points of your life along with divorce, having children and getting married, but if you get yourself organised, and utilise the help that’s out there, then it can be quite painless really!
I have tried to give an easy to follow checklist that takes you through the countdown to moving, with lots of tips and tricks thrown in. Let me know if you have any extra tips and tricks, and I hope that if you are moving that you have a stress free time!
Moving comes in stages, from the initial decision to move, right through to sitting in your new home the night you have moved in. Its a long road, but so worth it, and following the steps and advice below will really help to keep you on track.
Are you absolutely sure you need to move house?
Ask yourself why you are moving house
If its for more space would your money actually be better spent on extending your current property?
The cost of moving is considerable and actually can be seen as a waste of money – extending will mean that you could get the property that works for you without wasting your money at all.
Get an estate agent to look at your ideas and to value it before and after. It may just be the sensible option! (also, you may want to think about getting plans drawn up anyway as this can be a great selling point to show potential purchasers what the potential is)
Can you reinvent your current home?
Can you use your existing rooms in a different way to make more of them?
Even simple changes and redecoration can breath new life in a home that you thought you were tired of.
I am an interior designer and home stager by trade, and have often had the situation where I have staged a home ready for selling, only for the seller to decide that they love the changes so much they wanted to stay!
Seriously think about why you are moving before you start the journey.
What to do when choosing your new property
Sell your home first
Try and get your property on the market or ideally sold prior to looking for your next property – its a difficult scenario to be in, but if you are in this position you are ready to be able to pounce on the property of your dreams when you see it, and the sellers may well look at you most favourably in a bidding war if you have your property sold already.
You may decide to sell without an agent, which can be a good idea if you are looking to save a bit of money as you save the agents fees, but you also don’t get as much marketing as an agent can provide, or access to a list of people in your area who are actively looking.
Get your home staged
To get your property sold as soon as possible, ideally you will want to have it staged for selling by a professional.
I am a little biased about this step as I am actually a home stager and interior designer by trade – and I really firmly believe in what staging can do for selling a property faster and for its maximum price.
- Staging does not have to cost a lot, but may mean the difference between selling quickly, and the property languishing on the market for weeks/months.
- This practise in common place in the US, where most homeowners would not consider putting their home on the market without it being staged first – why would you want to try and sell the most expensive asset you own when its not looking the absolute best it can look?
- Simple tricks and quick fixes can really make a difference to how viewers will perceive your home – you are trying to create the feeling that you had when you moved into your home – not the feeling that you may have now as you want to move and the home no longer fits your needs. You need to get back to the excitement you had when you first moved in.
- Personally I have moved twice over the past ten years, and both houses have sold for more than the ceiling price of the road, at the asking price, and to the first buyer that has walked through the door (the second one went to sealed bids too!). This is absolute testament that staging works, and really does take the hassle out of selling. We were ready to make a move on the house that we wanted as soon as we put ours on the market, we were in a strong position and therefore negotiated a great price for that house, and we didn’t have to have the stress of having people walking through the property for weeks or months prior to getting an offer. We didn’t even have the hassle of bartering over the selling price as people simply wanted to ensure they were the ones who got it. Quick, simple and stress free – a great way to start the moving house journey I am sure you will agree!
Whats on your wishlist?
Ensure you know what your wishlist for a new property is.
Ask yourself – Why are you moving?
Do you need more space, do you want to be local to a good school, do you have family or work that you want to be closer to.
Do you need another bedroom, a home office, a larger garden, a kitchen/diner etc…
If you can write down everything you want in a new home, and prioritise it, then you will be able to see which homes you want to look at and possibly cut down on your search.
It will also help you to focus on your move and what you want to get out of it.
Research the area
If you are moving to a new area, research the area and surrounding areas carefully.
See how far you would comfortably commute and draw a circle around that area on a map.
Then look at whats a high priority for you – schools, being close to shops, being rural/urban etc…. and then you can close your search location down even more – saving valuable time when viewing properties.
MOVING HOUSE TIPS – When viewing properties, pick one thats not what you want at all – if you see it and it is a definite NO then you can be more sure your wishlist is right – whereas you may be shocked to discover that this may actually be the one for you after all! – Don’t completely narrow what you are looking for, as you may be surprised!