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Buying a new home in this economy is no mean feat. A lot of hoops have to be jumped through to acquire the home-owner status, but for people who have achieved the milestone, it can be a dream come true. Even renting a property comes with its unique, often tedious, set of challenges. No matter the property attributes, moving is a big deal. Moving houses is a complicated process that demands your full attention, considerable effort, and a certain sum of money. But moving is not, nor should it be, spontaneous. Rather, it should follow a comprehensive thought process based on ground realities and current circumstances – whether personal, economic, or social. That is why we are here with this article discussing the essential questions you should ask yourself before committing to moving.

  • Why Am I Moving?

Why are you moving? Is it because of a wonderful job that is going to offer substantial career growth? Or perhaps the move is going to bring you closer to your friends and family. A lot of factors go into justifying a move, but still, it’s highly important to take out some time to figure out what you stand to achieve from the move, and whether it’s sustainable.

For example, if you are moving for a job, consider whether it offers enough security, benefits, and growth to justify such a huge commitment from you. Apply the same consideration to whatever other factors you may have, and then ask yourself if it’s realistic and sustainable enough to elicit this course of action.

  • Can I Afford to Move?

Buying a house is a whole different ballgame, but even before renting a property, You may be asking, how much rent can I afford? Daydreaming about your own place may be wonderful but the reality requires a certain degree of financial security and stability. Most apartment and mortgage management companies require your net income to be at least thrice the amount of rent you are supposed to pay.

This is not a blanket requirement but rather a general rule of thumb when it comes to figuring out the maximum number you should have before considering a move. Also, consider extra expenses that usually come with a move, like utility bills, commute charges, moving charges, etc. Having a realistic number in your mind will help you browse properties that fall under your affordability range.

  • Where Do I Want to Live?

After you identify your primary reasons to move, and also, take account of your assets, the next question to ask is where do you envision yourself living. Some people are inclined toward an urban lifestyle, full of city splendor, while some prefer more serene surroundings devoid of any hustle and bustle, like the suburbs. The decision concerning your next apartment or house should be taken after a lot of research and brainstorming since, once it is taken, you have to commit to it for at least a year.

The apartment or the house itself is a big deal, of course, but the neighborhood is also an equally important factor to consider when selecting your next location. Google the area and see what’s around. If you are into running, check for any nearby parks. If you have kids, it’s best to check whether the area has any good schools. Moving is expensive, but relocating right after moving inflicts a huge financial blow. Do your research, and select an area that suits your lifestyle, hobbies, and expectations.

  • How Will I Go to Work?

Although Covid has revolutionized the work environment, many people still do not have the luxury to work from home. For regular commuters, this question is highly important. After an 8-hour workday, no one wants to spend a minute more than absolutely necessary on the commute. To avoid any inconveniences, learn what the transportation scene is like in the area of your destination. If you do not own a car, consider checking out the public transport options near your apartment. The question here is not only associated with commuting but rather with the ease of mobility to and from your house. The easier it is to move around the city or the town, the better that house is.

  • Are There Any Rules?

Educate yourself about the community and apartment management rules before signing a lease. Some of the questions that you should ask before signing a lease are listed below:

  • What is their pet policy? Are there any restrictions regarding the breed, number, or weight of the pets?
  • Is there a visitor policy?
  • When is rent due? What is the late penalty? Is there a grace period?
  • What happens if I were to violate the terms of the lease?
  • Can the apartment be painted or re-decorated?

Asking the questions listed above will make for a smooth accommodation experience. It will also make sure that you choose the right place according to your needs and requirements.

  • How Should I Move?

Once you have finalized your plan to move and decided on your new apartment, the immediate next step should be to start packing. The more you delay it, the more stressful it will become. Start with cataloging everything that you have. Next, categorize them – make a list of all the necessary items that you plan to take with you. Also, make a list of everything that you plan to sell before your move. The fewer the items the easier will be the moving process.

If you move frequently and have reliable friends who can help you with the move, you can consider moving without employing any professional services. But if you lack the necessary experience or personnel then it’s better to stick with the pros. After all, they are equipped with the right tools and expertise to handle such matters.

The Bottomline

Moving in this economy is one of the hardest and most stressful experiences of any adult’s life. But it is equally exciting and promises a life that is in line with your future goals, dreams, and standards. Ask yourself the questions listed in this article to assess where you stand when it comes to making a life-changing decision like moving house.

Moving is a necessary evil. Just like going to the doctor’s or doing your errands, we don’t like to do it but we have to do it eventually. Moving is almost never fun, often exhausting and sometimes straight unpleasant, but it’s quite rewarding—you can finally live comfortably in your new space! If you need to move and want to make this endeavor as smooth and stress-free as possible, here are a few moving tips to follow: 

Declutter

One of the best things you can do to make your move easier is to examine all your belongings and select things you don’t want anymore. Take a few boxes or bin bags and start sorting things into toss, recycle and donate piles. This is much smarter than taking them to your new location just to realize you don’t have any place for them. Start from your closet and donate everything that doesn’t fit you in size or style and give it to someone in need. A great decluttering tactic is to ask yourself a question: “Would I buy this again?” If the answer is no, it means it doesn’t serve a purpose in your life and it can stay in the past. 

Start early

Most moves don’t come too suddenly and you’ll know about them weeks or even months before the big day. In that case, start packing as soon as you can. Start with seasonal items and items you know you won’t need any time soon. For instance, during a winter move, you can pack your bathing suits, shorts and sundresses and let them wait for the day of the move. 

Collect all necessary information

Grab a folder and start stacking it with new addresses, rental documents, purchase papers, contracts and utility information. If you need any of these during the moving process, you’ll know exactly where to look and manage to avoid a lot of stress. 

Stock up on supplies

A week before your move, visit your local DIY center or any similar store and buy plenty of boxes, bags, tape, stickers and packing paper and peanuts. When you’re in the middle of packing, you certainly won’t have time to jump to the store and get more tape! Other things you might also need are box cutters, markers, as well as larger moving equipment you can rent (if you’re planning to move everything on your own). If you hire movers, they will probably have dollies for moving furniture, pads and covers and rope for tying everything down. 

Book movers and storage

Hiring professionals is always a good idea, especially if you don’t have any type of vehicle at your disposal (and people in big cities like New York often don’t). Luckily, if you find experienced people who offer moving and storage services, you don’t have to worry about transport or heavy lifting. Just make sure to book in advance as much as you can, because you’ll end up with better prices and better timing. If you have some items you don’t want to throw away but also can’t move to your new place yet, renting a storage space is a great and cost-effective idea.

Label your boxes

Once everything is more or less ready for the move, it’s time to pack absolutely everything. Go room by room and label every box with a room sticker and a brief summary of the items inside (ex. Kitchen—plates, bowls, cutlery). If you have a labeling system like this one, your movers will know how to pack everything in the truck and where to place your boxes after you arrive. If you go from one room to the next one without mixing items, your packing and unpacking will be a breeze. 

Take care of your precious items

If you have any special items like paintings or sculptures, or even large plants, make sure to read about packing them properly. When moving paintings, use special paper that won’t stick. When moving mirrors, tape an ex over the glass to prevent breaking. Sculptures should go into the box with packing peanuts, etc. 

Pack an overnight box

You’re probably not going to start unpacking right after you arrive, so it’s a good idea to have an overnight box with necessities like bedding, pajamas, hygiene products, chargers and other things that will get you through the night, as well as important documents (keep this box with you). Also if something happens to your things, at least you have your essentials. 

With these tips, you will avoid a lot of anxiety, stress and even back pain when moving. And you’ll see that moving can be a pleasant experience with a very rewarding end.