I’ve always dreamt of moving abroad and settling down in warmer temperatures by a nice golden beach, but unfortunately that wish won’t be coming true any time soon! It’s really important to me to create a stable childhood for Ava, and I don’t want to move her around everywhere just because her mummy has a serious case of wanderlust!
However, I’ve been thinking a lot recently about moving somewhere bigger. As Ava grows up she’s going to need more space, but the reality of moving our little family somewhere has a lot of concerns that go with it. Here are a few of my thoughts.
1) Figure out your top priorities
The first thing that came into my head when I started to think about moving, was that I needed to give Ava the best start in life. I think the best thing to do is to sit down and make a list of all your top priorities.
What it is you need from your future home? Do you need to be close to work, or close to a relative that needs care? I want to be close to good schools, so I’ll be researching areas that have a good reputation, plenty of parks for us to go exploring, and area codes that are close to schools with excellent Ofsted reports (which you can find here).
2) Make a list of what you don’t want
Aside from what I do want from a home, I’ll also be making a list of all the things that annoy me about our current place. Even if you love where you live, there are always things that you wish were better. You don’t want to repeat the same mistakes again. Whether it’s not wanting to be next to an alleyway or public footpath, or getting a house with a utility room because you hate having wet clothes draped around your flat, don’t leave anything out.
3) What agent will you use?
I think that the kind of estate agent you go with is really important too. It doesn’t matter whether you want to move to rented accommodation or buying, there are a whole host of agents competing for attention, and you need to make sure you opt for one that has a personable, friendly approach, so that they’re easy to deal with. If you’re searching for letting agents in York, for example, Linely & Simpson have tonnes of experience, but also treat you as an individual.
4) Moving expenses
Moving home is a huge deal. It requires a lot of organisation and a lot of money to fuel everything. Moving vans, rental deposits, administration fees – the list continues. I think it’s important to price everything up in advance as early as you can, so that you can put aside a separate pot of money for expenses. That way, you don’t have to dip into the interior design fund!
I hope you found this post useful – are you thinking of moving soon?