Moving house can be a stressful and quite daunting experience, so it’s always important that you are as prepared as possible. There are a number of things that you will need to consider before you make your move, which are important throughout the entire process. Whether you’re simply looking at properties in a Colchester letting agents or you’re packing up your belongings, we’ve put together a quick list of things that you should consider before you make your move.
One of the main reasons why people struggle when they move house, is due to them not having worked out a budget to ensure that they really can afford to make the move and rent a property or take out a mortgage. Knowing exactly how much money you will have at the end of every month is important, and while you may be thinking that you can afford the rent or monthly payments, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can afford it. On top of the rent you will have bills for internet, electricity and gas, you have council tax which you may have to pay when renting and you will definitely have to pay when you purchase a property, and monthly food costs. All of this can add up quite quickly, and if you don’t have a lot of money behind you when you’re first starting out, you may find that moving home is a lot more expensive than you first thought.
Redirecting Your Post
If you’re unsure who’s going to be moving into your property before you leave, then you should consider getting your post redirected to your new address, so that you don’t miss any last minute bills or other mail. You can get your post redirected for a number of months. It is very important that you do this, as if you miss any bills due to your move, this can have a negative effect on your credit score. Stray letters can also lead to an increase risk of ID fraud.
If you’re moving home for the first time, and you don’t have a lot of furniture to take with you, then you may be able to find a huge number of furnishings for free on some online web communities. Instead of sending goods to the dump or eBaying their unwanted furniture, some people simply put it up on the internet for free and offer them to those who need it. Having basic furnishings in your new home, particularly if you’re starting out for the first time can really help in the long-run. You can use this for the short-term and gradually upgrade your furniture as and when you can afford it.
Assess Your Finances
Moving is the perfect time to assess your finances, and you may be able to find cheaper deals for gas and electricity that you may have thought that you’d be able to get. In fact, cheaper broadband and water bills can actually end up saving you thousands of pounds, so knowing exactly how to save your money in the long run is very important. Cut costs, and make your move a success.