Moving to a new home is exciting as you start planning what your new life will be like. There's a lot to do to ensure everything goes well, so getting organized with a clear plan is vital. Here's our guide on how to get started and what to do to make sure your move is a breeze.
What to Do if You Are Selling a Home in the Next 6 Months
Declutter Your Home
One of the most important things to do if you are planning to move is to declutter and get rid of anything you no longer need. Clearing space not only helps you with packing and planning, but it makes your home look more spacious to people viewing it and more appealing. Be ruthless, and give items away, sell unwanted goods, send things to the thrift store, and clear any trash. Giving the home a thorough clean makes it more attractive to buyers.
Hire a Real Estate Agent
If you are planning to move, it's in your best interest to get a real estate agent to manage the sale. They can value your home, advise on the process, including any laws and regulations, and they can market your property. A real estate agent can also accompany potential buyers to your home.
Pick the Date and Book the Moving Company
If you can pick a date, this will give you a defined timeline to book a moving company and ensure you have booked a day off from work, for example. Reserving a date with the movers is vital because they get booked quickly, and you need all your dates to align.
Redirect Mail and Pay Your Bills
When you have a finalized date, and the sale is successful, start contacting your energy suppliers, phone company, internet provider, insurance company, and others to settle final bills and ensure they are paid. You also need to redirect your mail, so any correspondence is sent to your new address. Your employer and bank will also need to be notified about your change of address. Write a list so you can work through each one in turn. You must also work with your insurance company to make sure you have coverage during your move and while you own your property, as well as a transfer to a new home.
What to Do if You Are Buying a Home in the Next 6 Months
Work Out Your Budget & Get Preapproved
One of the most critical steps in buying a home is to work out your budget to understand how much you can afford to spend on a home. You'll want to get preapproved for a mortgage so that you're able to make an offer when you find the one! Remember that interest rates on payments could rise in the next few years so allow for this and emergencies. A real estate agent can help with advice on budgeting. You also need to include money for the move itself, including moving services, company fees, lawyers, and the real estate agent.
Consider What You Want from a Home
When you start thinking about budgets, you should also work out what you want from your new home. Now more people look for things like more space, a garden, and dedicated office space in particular. You need to think about the neighborhood too and whether you want to be in the city or are looking for something more rural.
Research Where You Want to Move
Looking at neighborhoods and new towns where you plan to move is exciting. Check out the facilities, including schools and healthcare and crime rates. Work out commuter times, too, if you're going into an office. If you plan to buy a home, visit the area and walk around to get a feel for the area. Remember that that beautiful town you saw in summer may be a very different place in winter. Once you have an idea of places you want to live, you can draw up that shortlist of neighborhoods. Don't forget that local real estate agents also have a lot of insight into popular places and what would suit your requirements. Let's talk about your needs!
Start Looking at Potential New Homes
Once you have an idea of what you are looking for and a budget, it's time to start looking at potential homes. It's a great way to see what is available and what you do and don't want. For example, do you want a home you can move into immediately or one that requires a lot of renovation? If you are looking at a renovation project, you will need to think about the time you have to do things and the additional budget. We can alert you to any properties that may fit your needs when they hit the market. Once you find your dream home, you can make an offer and plan that move.
Finding a new home is an exciting project but needs careful planning. Using a real estate agent to help you along the way will ensure your sale or move goes to plan.
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