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Moving Advice for First-Time Homebuyers

August 1st, 2011 | Categories: Moving Planning | Tags: , ,

Moving into your own home is never quite the same as moving into a rental apartment or house. Of course, the way packers and movers operate stays much the same, but there is a little more to think about when you’ve just bought a new house. Here is a little advice to help first-time homebuyers get settled in:

-If you’ve just bought a house for the first time, you’re probably very excited about it. Naturally you’ll be keen to move in as soon as possible. However, it’s sometimes best to hold fire for a while and get the new house prepared. It’s easier to paint and renovate a room nobody is trying to live in. Even if you need to move in straight away, temporary moving to storage might be an option for some of your bulkier furniture. When the new house is ready, you can bring it all in and arrange it to your satisfaction, knowing you won’t have to move anything heavy around to re-paint.

-Even in unfurnished rental properties, landlords often leave whitegoods (refrigerators and dishwashers for example) in place. You might have viewed a house with these things in it, but they may not be there when you come to take possession. It’s always worth checking the fine print and being prepared for exactly what will and will not be in your new home when you get there.

-Take care not to inconvenience your neighbors. Make sure that the large trucks used by long distance movers don’t block anyone’s driveway, for example. You might be living with those neighbors for decades and the last thing you want is for the relationship to get off on the wrong foot.

-Fix small problems before they turn into big ones. When living in a rental property, all you need to do when there is a minor plumbing or maintenance problem is call the number you were given when you moved in. It’s the owner’s responsibility to make sure the issue gets taken care of. When you own your home, the cost and responsibility for maintenance work falls on your shoulders. However tempting it might be to put off calling a tradesman until payday, remember that the longer a problem is allowed to remain, the harder (and more expensive) it will be to fix. You might want to think about learning basic DIY skills.

-Storage & moving go hand in hand. In many cases first-time homebuyers will need to buy furniture for their new home. Until wardrobes and cupboards are in place, many things will have to remain in boxes, and that’s always a pain. Storage solutions should be purchased as soon as possible after you’ve taken possession of a new home. However, they shouldn’t be ordered in advance. If you can’t measure up a room, you risk buying a wardrobe that doesn’t fit or won’t get up the stairs.

-Moving into a new home can be stressful. It’s hard work, but don’t let that stop you loving your new home. Take your time when moving in, and accept that it maybe be a couple of weeks before it looks the way it should.

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