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What To Consider When You Are Moving House

The time may have come for you to pack up and move to a new house. This may be in a completely new area or even country. This can be one of the most stressful events in your life so you need to make sure you get everything right from the start. Take a look at the list below and it will hopefully give you some ideas as to what needs to be considered when you are looking to move. 

Budget

One of the most important things to consider when you are looking to move to a new property is the budget you have available. You might just be joining the property ladder and therefore looking for your first home. You might also be well versed in the moving process, but need to sell your old property first before you can move out. Whichever one you are, there will be factors to consider before you start house hunting. 

You need to sort out your finances and figure out what type of budget you will be working with. The budget is important as without this you won’t have the money needed to get yourself a new property. If you need to wait for your current home to sell then you may be using that money as a down payment on a new place. However, if this isn’t the case then you will need to apply for a mortgage. 

You will usually need to have at least 10% of the property’s asking price to put down as a deposit. You need to be sure you can afford the repayments each month otherwise you could lose the house. There are mortgage calculators available online, these ensure you have a rough estimate of how much you need. They work by entering your house price into the calculator and then setting out how much you have put down as a deposit. It will then calculate roughly what you may be paying back each month. 

Area

When you start house hunting you must check out all areas that you are interested in. You might be set on a house in a certain area but if you don’t know anything about it then you could be moving to a dodgy area. You can check out areas online, including seeing what the crime rate is and what crimes have been committed. When the time comes to start checking out different areas, have a mental list of what you are looking for. You might need to have a bit of wiggle room here as not everywhere will have everything you are looking for. 

Make sure that the local area has everything you need, this includes dentists, doctors, supermarkets, schools, and nurseries if you have children. The last thing you want to do is move to an area that doesn’t have any local amenities. You don’t want to be traveling out of your way each time you need some groceries. 

Make It Your Own

When you have found your dream home then you might want to put your own unique spin on it. This makes it feel more like your home rather than somewhere people have lived previously. When you move in it may help to wander around the house and see what work needs doing or what rooms you wish to renovate first. You might want to change the interior, this includes painting the walls and getting rid of any furniture that has been left behind that you are not interested in. 

You might also want to change the exterior of the property. If you have always wanted a driveway to park your car then this is something you can do when you have your own place. If you are wanting a new concrete sidewalk and patio then make sure you have shopped around for the best company to use. 

Security 

Something else that must be done pretty soon after you move into your new home is changing the locks. You might not think so but it has been known for people to walk into their old properties as they still have a set of keys. This is more common if the house you purchased was let to tenants. However, it is worth changing the locks just to be on the safe side. The last thing you want is random strangers walking into your new house. Make sure you ask the locksmith to change all the locks on doors and windows. Check reviews before you pick the right one for you. 

We hope this article helps you with important factors relating to your house move. Good luck in your new home. 

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