Moving to a new home is an exciting event for any family. More often than not, it signals a new and comfortable phase in your and your family’s lives. That can mean unfamiliar yet exciting environments, new people, and thrilling experiences.
On the other hand, everything prior to the move can be stressful. There’s a lot more to successfully pulling off a big move than shoving everything you own in boxes. A big move needs planning and strategy to minimize the risk of furniture damage and lost possessions. To keep the energy and mood up on moving day, it is important to do whatever you can to make sure the family isn’t too stressed about the entire process.
What can cause stress when moving houses?
One of the greatest sources of stress is the sheer number of things that have to happen before moving day. You need to have all your things packed safely in boxes. If you have a large family, this might prove difficult. Upsizing from a smaller to a larger home might be easier while moving to a similarly sized home or downsizing can be a lot more difficult.
The physical labour involved in the move can also be a great stressor, as carrying and moving heavy furniture and appliances can be difficult if there is nobody to help you. While moving companies can help with this concern, there are still other considerations to think about. For example, how are you going to move everything inside your refrigerator?
If you have fragile valuables, these can present another source of stress. Time must be taken to carefully pack these items so that they can withstand rough handling and transport.
The stress of the sale
Even before all the packing and moving, the sale can be the most stressful part of it—so much so that everything that succeeds it can be considered the easy part. Only the right management of the property transaction process can reduce your stresses, and that usually means following these steps to the letter:
1. Make your home presentable
The more presentable your home is, the more likely a prospective buyer can imagine your house becoming theirs. Touch up what you can, make the minor repairs you can afford, keep the clutter out of sight, and make sure that the house smells fantastic on any day you plan to entertain possible buyers.
2. Smooth out the valuations
For better negotiation with both buyers and real estate agents, it is crucial to know the value of your house as an asset. That means having a minimum of three valuations from estate agents. Base your selling price on the highest of these or somewhere near it to give yourself room for negotiation. If the value is too low for you, think about what you can do to raise it.
3. Coordinate with your conveyancer as soon as possible.
There are plenty of conveyancing calculators online to help give you an idea of how much you’ll need to prepare for the conveyancing process. After you’ve prepared the amount, coordinate the process with your conveyancer so it can proceed as quickly as possible. Delays in this process are incredibly costly and stressful, so make sure to partner up with a reliable conveyancer.
4. Sort out the mortgage
Speak to a mortgage lender as soon as possible. As early as the day you decide to move, your finances should be moving towards a specific point to make you more palatable to vendors. The more stable and prepared your finances are for the purchase of a home, the more options you are likely to have that are satisfactory yet affordable.
5. Set realistic expectations about the sale of your property
By the time you have begun to entertain potential buyers, it is important to have settled on a minimum price you are willing to accept. Make sure to speak to your estate agent about the market’s status so that you have an even better idea of the offers that may come in.
Consider each offer carefully, even if they are lower than your asking price. There is no telling if this will actually be the highest offer you might receive. Try to negotiate for as much as you can, but never overplay your hand.
6. Be organised and do not attempt to over-speed the process
Transactions can take a long time to process, so you must be patient with this process. While it helps to move through the process as quickly as possible, this doesn’t mean that there are steps you can breeze through. It is crucial to carefully consider and make yourself aware of what every part of the process entails so that you can avoid making expensive errors.
7. Visit multiple times
If you already have your eyes on a property, make sure to visit it at different times of the day. Doing so will identify certain problems you might have with the house that need to be addressed before you buy it. If you feel comfortable after having visited several times, then you can proceed to the next step.
8. Find a good surveyor
Whether you have experience in home repairs or not, it is still important to rely on a professional. While vendors and real estate agents are legally obliged to disclose whatever information may affect the home’s value, there might be some issues that they do not know about yet. A surveyor can discover these issues before they become your responsibility to repair. From there, you can make a better decision about your home purchase.
9. Keep open lines of communication
Make sure to communicate openly with your estate agent, conveyancer, lender, surveyor, buyers, and so on. Without open communication, deals may fall through, and you might miss important details. Misunderstandings are some of the greatest sources of stress and anxiety, and only communication can prevent these from happening.
10. Take a day or two after the move to enjoy your new home
Most people move, unpack, then go back to their daily routines as soon as possible. Why not take a day or two off work to enjoy the move with your family and loved ones? It will help everyone settle into the new home and disassociate the feelings of stress from the house, making it the place of rest that it should be.
Moving houses is no easy task, but if you follow these ten steps, you can expect less stress from the process for everyone involved. You, your family, your conveyancer, your buyers, and your lenders might feel a little bit more comfortable with you if you are comfortable in the procedure.
If you need resources in your next move such as a conveyancing calculator, send us a message at Conveyancing Calculator. We can make our part of the moving process easier and smoother for you.