Moving home is a pretty big deal, even if you’ve been through the process before, but for a first timer, it can be doubly daunting. There’s a lot of things that you need to take care of; there’s things from the financial side, emotional side, and a lot of good old fashioned heavy lifting too. Don’t fret though, if this seems too much to handle. I’ve broken the process down into four simple steps. Let’s take it from the top.
Step 1: Are you sure?
This is the absolute starting point. You’ve got to ask yourself a two simple but important questions; are you ready to move out? And can you afford it?
There’s a lot of obstacles and responsibilities when it comes to home ownership, most of them financial. Can you afford the initial investment, as well as the upkeep and all of the bills? If you’ve got a stable, well paying job then the answer is most likely yes, but if not, it might be worth holding off on home ownership until you do.
Of course, that’s not to say you have to be buying a house to move out, renting is also an option. You’ll gain that extra slab of independence but without the potential risks of property ownership. Just be sure to only move in if you agree with the rental contract.
Step 2: Work out your finances
If you’re dead set on moving out, then we can carry on. I mentioned costs before, so you should definitely sort those out first. Make sure your house buying budget is realistic – you don’t want to over borrow. A good idea to consider is to make your budget depending on your needs; if you only need one bedroom for example, you could just check how much properties that have one bedroom cost, and use that as a base.
Also, make an estimate of your monthly bills. Tally everything up; gas, electricity, taxes etc, and see if the costs are realistic compared to your monthly wage. It’s best going into a situation like this with some insight.
Step 3: Do the packing properly
You should start thinking about packing at least a week before you move. That way, you can get all of the materials you’ll need; the boxes, the packing tape, bubble wrap, and so on. When shopping for these materials, buy them from a proper moving provider, so you can be sure you’re getting the best quality. Trust me, you’ll be thankful when all of your moving boxes end up staying in one piece.
Speaking of keeping things in one piece, be careful to wrap all of your valuables and breakables up properly. Use plenty of bubble wrap, make sure you’ve used multiple layers and all of the surfaces of the item is covered, and be sure to avoid overloading. When you’re done, mark all boxes with such items in as “fragile”, so both you can the movers know to handle it with extra special care.
Step 4: Hire the professionals
Hiring a good moving company is a very important step. By plumping for outside help, you can cut all of your moving stresses down to size. They’ll help you pack and load all of your moving boxes, and they’ll disassemble the large pieces of furniture. Not to mention they’ll be handling all of the careful driving. By taking care of all of this, you can handle other aspects of the move, such as seeing to the family and pets.
It may be another addition to your potential costs, but this one time investment will be worth every penny.
So, those are the four easy steps. Keep in mind that one of the best things about moving for the first time is that it only happens once. You’ll be able to tackle future moves with more confidence because of this experience. But for now, just focus on getting settled into your new place.