Moving house is a huge commitment and a lot of people can underestimate exactly how much money and time they have to invest into this major life event. The process can come with many advantages but also a number of disadvantages that may sway you against going ahead. If you’re struggling to decide whether or not it’s the right option for you, we have compiled a list of some of the most important factors to consider that may or may not directly impact your final decision.
What will change?
The best way to approach this is to make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of living where you currently are. Ask your self: what will happen to me and the people involved when I sell my house in Houston. Consider things such as the cost of living, local amenities, crime rates, neighbours, weather, recreational activities and schools. The positive and negative effects of these things can only be decided by you, and it is only you that can choose what to look for in a new area if you decide to commit to the move.
What about the practicalities?
Part of the decision-making process should be taking into account all of the practical aspects of moving house. If you have children, consider things such as whether or not you’ll have to change their school, if your career will be affected or if you will still have the same support from family and friends that you may get in the area that you live now. Many people get restless with their current situation and believe that a major change such as moving may change this. Spend time thinking about how much the practicalities of moving weigh up against your feelings and that way you should be able to determine whether or not it’s worth it.
Home improvements such as extensions and replacing or changing the position of walls can not only add to the amount of living space you will have but also change the layout of your property so that it will seem as though you’re living somewhere completely new. Remember that moving can come with a lot of hidden costs including stamp duty tax, estate agents fees and conveyancing fees. Ultimately, you could be better off forking out for a complete refurbishment rather than for a completely different house.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s vital that you can afford to move house before you fully commit to doing so. If you’re already a homeowner, you’ll know how much of a huge financial commitment it is and how important it is to consider your assets, income and outgoings before you work out if you can afford to upgrade.
Online tools such as a budget calculator can help you work out if you can afford a higher mortgage by taking you through everything your household may spend throughout the year. Once you’ve committed to moving, remember the importance of negotiation. Choose an estate agent that will push for a lower deposit, lower purchase price and who will be direct with the seller if things in your new home need fixing or replacing.
What is the market value of my home?
Working out the market value of the home you’re currently living in can give you more control over your property taxes, insurance and ultimately, the eventual sale of your home. You can hire a professional such as Flambard Williams to estimate the market value of your home or do it yourself. For this, you’ll have to consider things such as external characteristics, internal characteristics, location and supply and demand. Use a sales comparison approach to estimate your home’s market value by researching the price that other similar properties in your area have been sold for.
Shall I stay in the same area or move further afield?
There are a number of major factors that could contribute to the decision of moving house, and one of the main ones is location. Many people tend to move to a different area for a job or to be closer to family and friends but if neither of these things applies to you, consider your exact reasoning for wanting to move somewhere new.
If you’re unhappy with the area you currently reside in, is this because of a problem in a relationship or your current career? If the answer is ‘yes’ then perhaps instead of moving you could change your situation in a different way. If not, then moving further afield comes with its own advantages and disadvantages and can affect your emotions even more than if you were to move a few streets away.
Do I need more space?
Consider whether or not you want to upgrade for more space or downgrade to a smaller property. Downsizing has become an increasingly popular move with elderly couples whose families have flown the nest and may need somewhere more suited to their age or ill health. The advantage of downsizing is that you will be able to use a larger portion of the money from your initial home in a more flexible way.
When you’re looking to buy a new home, think about things in the long-run. Realistically, how much space will you need in a few years time? If you’re planning on growing your family, you may want to consider a number of extra bedrooms but on the other hand, buying too large a house will mean that you’ll be spending more on electric, maintenance and taxes.
The process of moving house is often in the top 3 when it comes to lists regarding the most stressful events in our life and has been known to cause more anxiety and depression than events such as long-term relationship breakdowns and starting a new job. As well as anxiety, some of the feelings that can run through our minds when moving home include loss, fear, regret and sadness, none of which are particularly pleasant.
A lot of people struggle when it comes to coping with change, and moving house can often be a huge transition from a place that is familiar to one that is completely unknown. Most people like routine and order and when they uproot to a new home this is disrupted.
There’s no doubt that moving home will be an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish but you should always remember that if you’re moving for the right reasons, it can be a hugely beneficial event and will open a lot of doors for you in the long-run.
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