If you’re considering a move, whether large or small, near or far, it can be a daunting process if you’ve only ever lived in your current home, or perhaps only ever lived in one particular area. The vision of moving home can often be romanticised if you’ve been dreaming of a new home for a long time.
Here are some important factors you need to be aware of before you take the plunge.
It May Take A While
Deciding that you want to move to a new location and find a new property is only the first step of what could be a very long process – despite the fact that it’s a huge decision in itself. It’s never guaranteed how long it’s going to take once you’ve made the decision to move.
Naturally, if you’re renting, the process can go a lot more smoothly and quickly, as you don’t have to wait for your current home to sell before you can move, and usually you can move into a rented property within the week.
However, that’s no guarantee of how long it’s actually going to take you to find your perfect new property. It may be that the right property for you simply isn’t on the market at the moment.
If you’re looking for a rented property, you should seek a dependable agency like a Derby Lettings Agency which can help you find the best properties at a quicker pace.
If you currently have a mortgage and need to sell before you move, the process can be slowed down by lack of interest from buyers, a long and arduous chain or not receiving the right amount of money through offers of purchase.
You Don’t Know How Much You’ll Like a New Area Until You Live There
You can do a huge amount of research about a new area before deciding to move there – and, of course, research is paramount – and you can also visit more than once to get a feel for the place, but you won’t ever know whether you love it as much as you thought until you live there.
It’s a good idea to try staying in a self-catering property for at least a week or two if you’re considering a new area. That way, your routine such as working, living and food shopping in the area will be able to be tested for the best fit.
Consider You Social Obligations
If you’re someone who has always had their friends and family on their doorstep, and socialising with them is a big part of your life – maybe even part of your everyday routine – then moving to a new area which is a significant distance from them may be a shock to the system.
That isn’t to say that moving further away from them is a problem – not if it is the right decision for you – but it’s important to consider how you might feel down the line being distanced from loved ones. You may think that you will be absolutely fine, but may only feel the repercussions of it once you have moved.
To make it easier, you could consider locations closer to loved ones, or features in your new home such as a spare bedroom for guests to easily stay in.