If you love to travel as I do, then there are some incredible opportunities to explore this beautiful planet like never before. Praise the lord for budget airlines and the ability to book trips without needing an agent! While those two-week trips to new and exciting places are amazing, nothing beats the feeling of moving home.
Regular readers will know that moving home has been the main item on my agenda in recent weeks. I can’t explain just how exciting it is to stamp your authority on a property to make a house a home. Nonetheless, like any adventure, it’s important to understand the hurdles as well as the end goals and rewards.
The fact of the matter is that you will be moving home for a reason. Perhaps you’re stepping onto the property ladder after renting or living at home. Maybe you’re moving in with a partner. Or you might be relocating to a new city to start a new chapter and take on a different career. Whatever the reason, being 100% certain that this is the right move is imperative.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have butterflies or a few apprehensions. Deep down, though, you need to know that this is the right time to take the plunge.
House hunting is immensely exciting, but only once you know what finances you have to work with. Building a sizeable downpayment should have been on the agenda months ago. Likewise, speaking to the banks about mortgage rates and limits is a responsibility that you cannot ignore. It’s best to do this at the earliest stage possible. Otherwise, you could be left chasing an impossible dream.
Not everyone wanting to move home is a first-time buyer. The equity of your current home can help you financially. However, you should know what can delay a house sale too. Nothing beats the frustration of being unable to move on to the next chapter in your life due to selling problems. Taking the necessary steps to stop it holding you back is highly advised.
I always like to share some life lessons in my blog. One thing I’ve realized about making the house a home is that it doesn’t need to be done overnight. It’ll probably take years for you to truly unlock the full potential of the new property. That’s fine. Just remember that some issues are more important than others.
Safety should come first, which is why upgrading the security is advised. Meanwhile, functional elements should take priority over the electrical luxuries. Having said that, when it comes to moving, it’s worth having the broadband up and ready on day one. This small comfort will make those early interactions with the new home a lot easier.
Perhaps most importantly, though, moving home isn’t only about being surrounded by different walls. You are buying into a new neighborhood and a new way of life. Embrace it with open arms by exploring the local attractions and taking the time to meet people. Honestly, that is the greatest adventure of all.