Moving is always a major challenge – there are a million pieces that have to be pushed into place in order to close the book on a relocation. However, moving yourself to a new home doesn’t HAVE to be all stress.
Making the most of your move is actually easier than you might think, and when looked at positively, the process can also be an exciting time filled with new experiences and opportunities.
The tips below will help you maximise the experience and learn new ways to (at least somewhat) enjoy the time spent packing and preparing, rather than counting down the seconds ’till it’s all over.
How to make the most of moving
#1 – Start with your finances
Planning early for the financial cost of moving is important, as it will provide ease and comfort during this transition period in your life. This goes for the upfront expenses on your new home, such as a bond or legal fees, as well as the cost of moving itself.
Moving costs can quickly add up and create extra stress to an already tense set of circumstances. If you’re buying, start six months or more in advance of any decision to move. This is a great way to improve your overall financial health in pursuit of an upgrade to your living situation. If you’re renting, then a couple of months should be sufficient.
For buyers, a fixed rate home loan is a great way to keep a cap on your biggest outlay (your mortgage), by locking in an interest rate for the life of the loan. It’s ideal if you have a strong financial history behind you, as this can further reduce the rates offered to you. This can add up to tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.
To prepare for a mortgage application, start by paying down any credit you’re already using and increasing your monthly savings. This will help you get the best possible deal on your home loan. You’ll also need to have saved enough for the deposit on the home in the first place, which may take several years depending on your circumstances.
A deposit is usually in the vicinity of 10-20% of the total cost of a home, but the more money you can put down on the purchase upfront, the better your interest rate will be. Why? This is because the more of the total cost of the home the bank has to loan you, the more risky this is for the bank. Not only do they have more money outstanding, there is a higher risk that you will not repay the loan + interest in full.
#2 – Get a moving company to make your life easier
Hiring a moving company like Solomon & Sons Relocation is a great way to improve your overall peace of mind during what can easily become an incredibly stressful process. Professional movers with years of experience in the moving industry are the best way to go when planning a relocation.
Generally, movers will bring you all the packing materials you need in order to box up your home properly. Movers will also help you work out how many boxes you need as well as the types and quantities of protective insulation to go with them. Once you have packed away your life, movers will stack all of your belongings into the truck, and take them to your new home.
While many of us try to move on our own by simply packing everything up—often haphazardly—and driving back and forth to dump it in the new space, all this does is take up a huge amount of time and leave a mess to contend with! With professional moving help, the process will unfold methodically – it’ll be so much easier to organise your belongings and thoughts and to effectively unpack on the other end of the move.
#3 – Consider home improvement projects
Many new homeowners consider home improvements after settling in to the new place. But by planning multiple home improvement projects to commence at the start of your new ownership, the process will be a lot easier and faster overall.
Building your dream home starts with a vision, but it can only come to fruition when you commit to pulling the trigger on an upgrade. In short, renovating BEFORE moving in is the best way to redesign your home – it allows easy access and clear workspaces; there’s less disruption to the flow of your daily life; and you can look at the project and any challenges a lot more objectively.
Before committing to any renovation, take the time to consider and learn about all the elements of the project, whether that’s learning why you should choose a standard backsplash for the kitchen, whether you need large or small tiles for the kitchen or bathroom, or whether one wall or another could be knocked down to create an open floor plan.
Planning a relocation consists of a multitude of moving parts, but with a bit of advanced planning, you can make the most of the task and create an even more ideal living situation for yourself and your family.