How to Choose a Moving Date
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Moving to a new house is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. Not only representing a huge personal and financial achievement but also marking a new chapter in which to grow and progress. However, in all this buzz and excitement it’s easy to overlook the simple of question of ‘when am I actually moving?’
As straightforward as it sounds, deciding on definitive moving date may prove quite difficult. From multiple third-party involvement, a mountain of paperwork and pre-existing responsibilities, finding a time that is both feasible and practical can be a huge challenge. In addition, with things like budget and location thrown into the mix, it can be difficult to know where exactly to start when trying to narrow things down.
So, to help you through the process, Buzzmove have put together our top tips and factors to consider when picking a moving date.
If you’re a renter
If you are moving to or from a privately rented property, your tenancy agreement or landlord will dictate the date on which you can move. Whilst this does simplify the process, it can result in reduced flexibility and more logistical planning when it comes to moving day. In addition, there may be certain moving stipulations in place which must be followed, including notice periods, cleaning requirements and viewings, which can make the end of a lease more difficult. Be sure to read your contract carefully and discuss any protocol with your landlord in advance, in order to be in the best position to move.
In addition, if you want to learn more about your contract, check out our guide to ‘Understanding your Tenancy Agreement’ which covers everything you need to know.
If you’re a homeowner or home buyer
If you have purchased your new home your moving date will probably be affected by two main factors: when the previous owners are moving out and your completion date. Whilst these may lie somewhat out of your control, establishing clear communication with your estate agent and solicitor will allow you to be kept up to date on any plans or possible changes.
Make sure to check out ‘The buzzvault guide to conveyancing’ to find out more.
Factors to consider
If your move is motivated by relocating for a new job it is likely that your employment start date will play a key role in deciding when to move. Although difficult, giving yourself enough time to get settled before you first day will provide you with some peace of mind, and keep those stress levels somewhat manageable.
In addition, even if you are staying at your existing job, being able to take time off for a weekday move can play a key factor in when you can actually move. It is best to let your employer aware of your situation and book time off in advance,
When it comes to moving day, having family around is invaluable. Whether it be to help with moving furniture and packing boxes, or looking after children and pets, knowing you have an extra person on hand can help ease the moving day stress. Make sure to discuss any plans with them ahead of time to ensure they’d be available (and on board) to help out.
To find out more tips on moving house with a family, check out our guide to ‘moving house with children’ and ‘moving house with teenagers.’
Removal Company Availability
If you are choosing to use a professional to help with your move, their availability will strongly dictate your moving date. After all, there’s no point setting a day if you can only move everything as far as the pavement. Therefore, it’s important to get in contact with your removals company as soon as possible to discuss possible options.
In addition, removals company rates will vary dependant on when you chose to move. Factors such as the day of the week, time of year or relation to school holidays, can all play a role in how much you’ll pay, with peak times including weekends and summer months. This means it is best to explore your options and find the price that is best for you, whether this means taking time off work for a midweek move or pushing things back by a few weeks.
Admin and Packing time
Whilst they won’t have a definitive impact on you move date, considering how long it will take you to pack and tackle any household admin is very important. If you have busy schedule finding time to get stuff done can be a challenge, meaning it’s not worth picking a moving date a week away if you know it will take you three weeks to pack.
Therefore, it’s important to be practical when working out your move schedule. Not only should you factor in packing time but consider how long it will take you to clean and repair necessary areas, declutter and take items to the charity shop or dump. As well as any necessary admin that needs to get done, such as redirecting mail or cancelling your TV licence.
- Whilst you may have an ideal move date in mind, it’s important to be open minded when it comes to finalising your plans for moving. Things can often change last minute, so knowing you can too will provide you with a lot of peace of mind.
- When looking to move, planning is key. Taking the time to outline an 8-week moving schedule will save you a lot of stress in the long run and ensure you don’t let any necessary steps slip through the gaps.
Think about distance
- It’s no surprise that the further you are planning to move the longer it will take to organise. Whether it’s planning international removals or plane tickets for your move abroad or booking a hotel room for a long-distance drive, these extra requirements can add up. Therefore, make sure to work out your plans ahead of time and double check any bookings or important dates, not only providing you with peace of mind but possibly saving you some hard-earned cash.
Prioritise your needs
- Whether your moving with children, pets or maybe an extensive art collection, prioritising your needs is an important step in tackling moving house stress. Not only will it give structure to what you need to organise but will also allow you to approach moving day with a strong game plan and clear head.
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Published at Thu, 25 Jul 2019 10:00:44 +0000