Tips For Moving Into Your Dream Home
As we move into a new year, you might be preparing to make some changes in your life. Whether that means you are looking for your dream job, trying out a new hobby, or moving home.
It is true that exciting times lie ahead, and you have a lot to look forward to.
However, as with any change, you need to ensure that you are fully prepared.
With that in mind, here are some top tips for moving into your dream home.
Set Up a Budget
Whether you are a first-time buyer or have purchased a property in the past, moving home is going to be expensive.
This is quite simply due to the fact that you have to be able to cover a wide variety of costs. This could include:
- Property fees
- Mortgage costs
- Realtor hire costs
- Moving team hire (van, workmen)
- Storage hire
- Decorators (If you want to renovate your new property or ensure your current property is in good condition before selling)
- Insurance costs
- Unexpected costs of moving home
In order to be able to meet the above costs, it’s important that you put together a budget. Write down a list of everything you need to pay for and how much you can reasonably afford to spend.
This could mean that you need to delay the move slightly, to save money.
However, there are always things you can do to minimize the costs. For example, by taking on some of the redecorating yourself instead of bringing in a decorator.
Find the Property
Once you have set aside a budget, you’ll know how much money you can spend. This means that it’s time to find your dream home.
However, with so many properties advertised online, it can be hard to narrow down the search.
That’s where websites such as Property Guru come in. You can use their online search tool to find a house for sale in your chosen area.
The tool allows you to search through different categories, including the number of bedrooms/bathrooms, floor space, and furnished and unfurnished properties.
Remember, you must stick to your budget as much as possible. The property does not have to be perfect before you move in – you can always renovate at a later day.
Therefore, it could be useful to focus on places with potential as opposed to perfection.
When you have found the perfect property and have signed the papers – you can start planning your dream home.
You might already have a clear idea in your mind of how you want your home to look, what colours you want to paint the walls, or what furniture you want to buy. However, there is always room for inspiration!
Sites such as Pinterest are perfect for design inspiration and can help you decide on a theme for each room of your home.
Once you have gathered plenty of inspiration, put together a plan for each room. Then you can begin the fun part – shopping!
When shopping, remember to stick to your budget whenever possible. Here are some great money-saving ideas!
- If you like a product by a designer brand but can’t afford the price tag, look for similar dupes for cheaper companies. Many have the same look/style for a much lower price.
- Visit your local thrift shops. You’d be surprised at what you could find!
- Pay attention to local groups, such as Facebook Marketplace. You might be able to get your hands on some excellent pre-loved pieces.
- If you’re feeling creative, consider DIY-ing some furniture, such as artwork, or even tables and chairs. This means that each item will be truly unique.
The last thing you need to do before moving home is to pack. However, before you grab the boxes and tape – you should start by decluttering your home.
If you no longer use a particular item, there is no point bringing it along with you to your new property.
Therefore, you should sell it, donate it, or throw it away. This saves you space, reduces the number of items you have to pack, and can save you money in storage/moving costs.
You May Also Like:
- Going Through The Process Of Moving Out
- 3 Ways to Declutter While Moving Out
- 5 Costs You Forget When You Buy a New Home
- Ways You Can Save Money as New Homeowners
When it comes to packing, start small.
Pack decorative items first, or those that you do not use every day. You may find it useful to pack up a room at a time so that everything is in the same space when it comes to unpacking.
You should also ensure items are wrapped securely, so they will not get damaged during the move.
Moving into your dream home is truly an exciting time. I hope that these tips can help!
Do you have any tips for moving into your dream home?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.