Moving home can be very confusing, especially when when it is your first time doing so. In no way am I qualified to give advice but I’m currently in the process of moving out into a home by myself. This is the first time I have lived alone, I’m a student currently in university, this can be a very stressful time. My intention is to help some of you anyway I can if you are currently going through this process yourself.
The first thing you need to do is figure out your type of home, whether that be a flat, house etc. You also need to decide whether you want to move in by yourself, with people you know or even move in with people you don’t know. You’ll also have to set yourself a budget, if you are moving into a flat and it is not student housing, you need to consider bills such as electricity, water, broadband etc. Maybe ask yourself if it would be better to buy a place to make an investment. You should be looking to rent a place that is about 1/3 of your income. This is so you don’t have to be worried you’re not going to make rent one month.
Be realistic, if you’re thinking of moving to a city centre prices will be higher. Maybe it would be cheaper to live just out the centre and either drive/ take public transport into work. But again be smart about your budget, be a nerd and make a spreadsheet to figure things out.
Once you know all this, start looking for a place. I use rightmove as my main website to go to, then i’ll start to Google places in the area to rent/ buy.
Request viewings like crazy! DO NOT, buy a place without seeing it first. Sometimes things can look bigger/ smaller on pictures, you maybe have a terrible view from the window or there may not even be much daylight coming in. You can also use this to ask questions to the previous owners but don’t trust everything the selling agency says. At the end of the day, it’s their job they want to sell these houses/ flats.
When you start going to viewings, it’s great to see the area you’d be living in. Where’s the closest food shops, town etc. When you don’t drive you need to make sure you can easily get to public transport and check how often the bus/ tram or trains are.
Sometimes, the asking price is negotiable so don’t buy it without asking if you can get a bit knocked off the price (it’s worth a try right?).
Do what feels right! If you have a gut instinct that the place just is not for you don’t go for it, even if it seems to have everything you want there.
It may take a bit of time till you can move in, this isn’t such a bad thing you can double check paper work and you can start buying things for your future home (my fave part).
Moving day! So the time has finally come. Prepare to sweat a lot (and I mean A LOT), try get a family member or friend to help you move into your new place. Best thing to do is to pack up the car the night before, make sure you have all the paper work in a separate bag for when you pick up your keys to your new home. By no means is this easy, you’ll be living with boxes for a while and that’s okay. Don’t over do it and just unpack the essentials.
If you live near people, go introduce yourself. It’s always good to know the people around you, you never know when you might need some help or borrow something. As well, you need to know the people who will be receiving your Amazon packages when you’re not in. Don’t expect them to come with home baked goods as you just move in, that’s unrealistic just be kind and smile. It’s just nice to be nice.
I didn’t want to write too much about moving in as there’s a lot of stages and it’d probably bore you. But good luck on finding your new home and I hope this post helped you in some way.
Till next time,