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On to New Spaces: The 4 Phases of Getting a New Home

Written by Posted On Monday, 03 April 2017 15:45

Buying a new home and relocating to a new area can be a stressful event. One way to lessen the stress is to break the process down into manageable steps. You know that the ultimate goal is to find a new home and transition to it as smoothly as possible. By taking small steps toward that goal, you won’t feel so overwhelmed and will be more likely to make the right decisions. Trying to hurry through the process or failure to assess the overall situation could result in buyers’ remorse. Instead, this is what you should be doing:

Looking Around

Before you begin looking for a new home, you should have a price range in mind. The next step in your search for a new home should be to create a “wish list” and a “must-have” list. Then you might want to utilize the time-saving option of beginning your house hunt online. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, contacting a realtor would be the next step in the process. As you visit various houses, take your check list with you and make sideline notes so that you can use them as a reference when evaluating properties.

Settling For a House

It would be a rare, fortunate experience for you to find a house that checks all the boxes on your lists and fits within your pre-set budget. Most likely, you'll have to weigh out the pros and cons and choose the house that is the best fit for you, your family and your budget. Keep in mind that landscapes can be improved and interior features can be updated or redesigned but when it comes to location, it is what it is so it needs to be something you’re satisfied with.

Packing Up

Professionals, like those at Wheaton World Wide Moving, can assist you with the actual relocation process. Sometimes, packing up involves more than just stuffing your possessions in a box. You may have sentimental treasures or fragile items that need some extra care in order to arrive undamaged at your new home. You may have items that you aren’t sure whether to keep or sell. Rather than make a decision you might regret later, you could arrange to temporarily store those items until you are sure what to do with them.

Moving In

If carpets need cleaning or walls need painting in the new house, do this before moving day, if possible. Put the boxes in the appropriate rooms so that unpacking them will be a smoother process. Don’t push yourself to have all the boxes unpacked and the furniture properly placed by the end of moving day. Be sure to have new keys made as soon as you move into your new home.

Approaching a home search and moving day in a systematic manner can eliminate a lot of stress. Staying within budget, flexibility with the home's features and organization are key elements to making a smooth move.

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