Moving is a hassle. We all know it. It’s consistently rated as one of the most stressful experiences you can have in your life. All this despite the innate good it can represent. A new job. An expanding family. All kinds of new opportunities. It’s a crying shame just how much stress goes into it. The biggest cause of those stresses is financial, to add the cherry on top. So, how do you cut the stress from your move? You need to look at each aspect and find ways to make them as cheap and hassle-free as possible.
If you’ve bought the house you’re moving from, there are a few things you can do with it. You can start renting it out, for one. Sticking to tenants that you know personally and can trust can be one way of taking the potential stress from that situation. However, many may want to free some funds up by selling as well. When you’re selling, make sure you communicate clearly when you need to move and when you need the sale finalised. Some buyers will try keep you in the house longer so they spend less as they try find tenants. The top home buyers are those that will take it off your hands after some negotiations without any hidden strings.
When you’re buying a new home, some stress is expected. After all, it takes a certain degree of focus and scrutiny to make sure you’re getting a good deal. However, it’s good to make sure you have your eyes peeled so you’re not paying for something you could negotiate down. A home inspector can help you spot those factors that could either a nasty surprise or a bargaining chip. Getting a pre-approved mortgage ready will also let you know just how much you can expect to spend.
Moving day. It’s the part where all that stress really comes into play. People will be lifting and arguing through most of it, most likely. So finding the most cost effective and efficient methods beforehand can really save you a lot of trouble and money. Try looking local for your movers, first. You’ll get less of a charge for the call out and are more likely to find the smaller companies who don’t have quite as big costs attached. Make sure you go to grocers and businesses asking for free boxes instead of buying, too.
When you first move into a new home, chances are that you’ll want to make some changes. Renovations are never free, but you can definitely make them a lot less expensive. One way is by listing all the changes you want to make. Then find out which you can do yourself, or enlist your friends’ and family’s help to complete. You can also get financing involved if you want to do a more in-depth job. Renovations are often great ways to invest value into a home, so we recommend not skimping if you can get the finances in place.