Factors To Consider When Planning a Move

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There are many reasons why one may want or need to move to another house. These reasons include a new job in another location or a transfer, relocation for romantic or emotional reasons, need for a bigger house or just plain need for a change.

While some people find changing locations or moving house fun, others find it quite tedious. There are a lot of things that make people feel the way they do about change and we do not have much time to go into those details.  Whichever category you belong to, there are many factors to consider before planning the move and making the move.

You can check out this article if you want to know why and also learn how to deal with relocation depression.

Things to Consider before Choosing a New Home

Whether you are single, or have a family, the following are some factors to consider before choosing a new home:-

The Neighborhood

Before you decide to move to a new city, state or country, the first thing you should think of is the neighborhood that you would live in. Every neighborhood have features that endear it to the inhabitants. Some neighborhoods are known for serenity and scenic layouts, some are known for low crime rates while others are known for upholding healthy community values.

The lists of features are quite long and you have to ask yourself what matters most to you. It goes without saying that one shouldn’t just look at a house without considering where it is situated. This is because the neighborhood would play a great part in the type of experience you would have in the new home.

The Size of the House

After you have determined that the neighborhood ticks all your boxes, the next thing to settle is the size of the house.  Do you need to scale up or scale down?

If you are retiree couple/empty nesters, you most definitely would need to scale down. This is because it doesn’t make economic sense to have empty space that you would still have to service (HVAC wise).  Why increase your energy bill for space that no one would use or maybe use once a year?

A growing family on the other hand, would need to scale up. You’ll be looking for extra room for the kids to run around, maybe plant a garden or have some recreational space. Additionally, you may want your kids to have their own rooms, nursery or playrooms.

Apart from these 2 groups of people, there are other people who may just want extra rooms because they want to be able to host friends and family.  Others like to live in large spaces. So no matter the reason, it is imperative that you consider the size of the house.

Also do not forget to check whether your furniture would fit into the new home or whether you would have to discard some of them or buy new ones.

The Cost of Real Estate

Considering the cost of real estate in the region is very important especially if you are buying the home. You need to ensure that the resale value of the home would increase and not decrease. Neighborhood plays a great part in this regard.

There are some neighborhoods where real estate is gold while there are places where real estate doesn’t make a good investment.

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When And How To Make The Move

After you have settled the pertinent issues discussed above, you then go on to the ‘when’ and ‘how’ of your move.

When you set the date of your move, decide whether you want to do it yourself or employ the services of removalists. If you decide to DIY, then you need to do a lot of work and planning but if you decide to use removalists, then you need to plan.

We would give you tips on what to expect from removalist or how to plan your move by yourself.

Who Are Removalists?

These are people who help you take care of everything that have to do with moving from one house to the other. They pack, unpack, clean the house, rearrange your stuff and get the house ready for you to just step in and enjoy.

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Why It Is Important To Use A Moving Company

We would like to explain this point with a location; NYC. New York City has been described as the city that never sleeps which indicates the hustle and bustle in the city.  This city is a cosmopolitan city that’s filled with great architecture.

But one thing that’s common in this city is buildings with tight corners, narrow stairways or doorways; not forgetting the narrow streets. Imagine trying to move your precious belonging up such narrow flights of stairs?  Or attempting to park a U-Haul on the narrow streets?

The apartments are unarguably cumbersome and there is no way that you can easily move your furniture into them. This is even worse if you are moving from a city where you have wide streets and spacious apartments. Unless you do not have valuables that you want preserved, your best bet is to use professional movers also known as removalists.

Not only is it important to use professional movers, the quality of movers you use is also highly critical. Some movers specialize in just packing stuff, loading them in a van and unpacking on arrival. Others take pride in knowing how to handle valuables; they can manoeuvre a grand piano through the window of a penthouse or move a priceless figurine up a narrow flight of stairs.

If you want to deal with such professionals in New York, we recommend you type in high end movers in NYC into your search engine. You are sure to get a plethora of professionals to choose from.

The following is a summary of the benefits of using a moving company:-

1. You get professionals to pack your stuff
2. You are saved the stress of packing and unpacking  and also arrangement of your stuff
3. Saves time
4. Ensures that your property is preserved
5. They can help you with storage in case the move did not go as scheduled
6. Helps you avoid the risks that accompany heavy lifting

Maybe you feel that you can handle you packing and unpacking yourself; well good for you! You would definitely save some money, but we don’t know about the stress and time. That being said, here are a few tips to help you DIY your move.

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Tips For Moving

Before you move from one home to the other, it is important that you prepare appropriately. It is a fact that if you prepare well, you would have less stress. So below are some tips to help you along.

1. Get a folder for all the paperwork that has to do with your move. This is very important especially if your move is initiated by your employer. You would need your receipts for refund or tax deductions
2. Organize a yard sale if necessary; sort out stuff that you want to keep and those that you want to dispose of.  After the yard sale, you might still need to give out some stuff.
3. After your yard sales, buy materials for packing- you would need stuff like boxes, markers, tape and bubble wrap. Remember to make provision for the fragile or valuable items.
4. Get information about school enrolment for your kids in the new location. Notify the present teachers and get all the necessary school records. Also get hard copies of medical records of family members and pets.  Also ensure that you handle notification of change of address for subscriptions, DMV and such things.  Do not forget to update your insurance coverage.
5. If you are a renter, you should have informed your landlord about your move. Some contract would specify when notices can be given on both sides.
6. If you have pets, do not forget to make plans for how they would travel (if you are moving far). Book your flight or service your car of you plan to drive yourself there.
7. By the 3rd week to when you have to move, cancel current utility services and set up new ones. Then start packing your stuff into specific boxes that are well labelled.
8. In the couple of weeks to moving day, ensure that you only cook food items that you don’t want to move with you. Cook in such a way that you wouldn’t have any perishables left by moving day.
9. Do not forget to clean up after you have packed all your stuff. It is best to have professional cleaners do the cleaning; it is actually bad manners to leave a house dirty when you move out.  Ensure that you dispose of all waste properly. The same applies to everything that you do not want to move with.
10. Call ahead to have a professional cleaner clean your new house and get it ready for your arrival.

These are just some of the things to do ahead of your moving and maybe a day or 2 before moving. There are still a lot of things that goes into preparation for moving and the actual move itself.


Moving houses is never easy no matter how you cut it. So in order to make it easier on you, ensure that you plan adequately ahead of time. Most importantly it is best to work with professional movers or removalists.


Fashion, Lifestyle, and Travel blogger, based in NC.

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