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Moving can be a difficult time for any family. There is so much to consider. What schools will the kids go to? What is traffic like? We have moved several times so we know it can feel like there are a lot of risks involved. On the other hand, it can also be great and really positive experience as well. Whether you are just considering moving somewhere new, or you are already looking at properties, here are some things you need to think about before you take the plunge.
Have an Idea of What You Want
Before you do anything, it is a good idea to sit down with your partner and even your kids and discuss what everyone wants from the move. This is great because it gets your priorities up front and center from the start. Would you rather live closer to the city center and not have a huge yard? Do you want to take the school bus or walk to school? Deciding on what is important to you all, and what you need and what you don’t will make looking around places SO much easier.
Of course, your plan and your priorities can change, because each property is unique and each can offer something different. The plan, however, can always be referenced throughout the process, and can really help your family make some difficult decisions about where to live.
Many people move to a new area because of work. The was one of the reasons we have moved in the past. Do your research about that area well as it can affect things like where your kids can go to school, or even how safe it is for them to play in.
There are many different kinds of neighborhoods in any one area, so make sure to branch out and have a look at them all. Each area will have positives and negatives, but it’s good to explore all your options before you make a decision.
Making impulse decisions can be very risky. On the one hand, you want to snap up any good deals that come your way, but this can be a really risky move especially if you don’t know the area. Often real estate agents can be a great source of information about where to live. Take what your real estate agent says with a pinch of salt, though, as it is their job to get you to buy something.
On the other hand, taking advantage of a great deal is something that’s hard to turn away from. Talk about it with your partner, or another member of your family, before you decide to make any rash decisions.
Get the Place Checked Out
However amazing a place might seem, it is always a good idea to get it inspected and checked out by a professional, especially if you are planning on buying. Issues like mold or an unsound structure can become huge problems down the road.
Furnished or Not Furnished?
Usually, this depends on if you already have furniture you want to use and how long you are planning to stay in the area. If you are planning on renting short term, then getting somewhere furnished is probably the best option for you. It is pointless to move large amounts of furniture if you are not planning on living there for long. Not to mention, expensive. A cost you don’t need if this is a short-term move.
Moving Far Away
Moving to the other end of the country, or the other side of the world is an exciting prospect, and one that many people consider. Check out all your options. Decide whether you want to live in an executive condo in Singapore or a place by the beach in Australia. Before you move to a different country, it can be smart to travel there and see if you like the living style first.
Living in a different country can be a culture shock for many people, so make sure you know about the food, customs, and culture of the place you are planning on moving to. This goes the same for moving across the country too. Although it might not be so much of a culture shock for you, it is always good to get a feel for the place and the area before you decide to make the decision of moving there for good.
Go With Your Head, Not Your Heart
It can be so easy to fall in love with a property that meets your needs almost perfectly. Although you should like the property you move to, don’t make decisions based just on this alone. When choosing between two properties, it is usually best to go with the smarter option. Going with your heart can mean putting up with problems that could easily be avoided. This is a property after all, not a person! Make smart decisions, and think about it before you go with what your heart says.
Moving is such an exciting time and can be a great chance to have a fresh start. Whether you are moving across the world or to the other side of town, here are some great ideas to get you started. This is a big decision, so make sure it is a great one for you and the whole family!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.