With about a quarter of households in the UK renting their homes rather than buying them, and few reliable long term rental properties, many people find themselves moving regularly – often annually! This high frequency means it’s well worth spending some time getting good at moving house: avoiding the mistakes that can cost you money, time and peace of mind.
Getting to Know an Area
Too many people just view a property when they need to move, asking careful questions about the state of the boiler and double glazing, but not considering where the house actually is. You might consider the time it’ll take you to commute by checking your route in the abstract, but you’ll get much more useful insights by actually spending some time in the area you’re thinking about moving to.
You’ll find out if the local station or bus stops are unusably busy at the times you want to travel, whether there’s a convenient shop nearby for last minute necessities, somewhere to pick up coffee on your way out in the morning. You’ll get the feeling for what other people in the area are like, and the atmosphere in the neighbourhood, all things you can’t pick up from a single visit brief visit to a flat. If an area has lots of long families and pricey brunch spots, that might suit you perfectly, or it might be your idea of hell. Either way, you won’t find out without actually getting your boots on the ground and spending some time there.
You’re often looking for a new home while you’re under extreme pressure. And if you don’t succeed you’ll find yourself homeless! This is not a recipe for good decision making. The circumstances put you under pressure to accept any compromise that puts a roof over your head, which means too many people look up after they’ve moved in and realise they’ve paid too much to live in a substandard home that’s not even where they really want it to be.
Take the pressure off by finding a cheap storage facility. When you know you can keep your possessions safe without breaking the bank, the possibilities suddenly multiply. If you can stay with a friend in a spare room, or on a sofa for a week or a month while the perfect property becomes available the ball is suddenly in your court. Without a ticking clock hanging over you, you have the freedom to make decisions for the long term!