Moving is a stressful and, often, time-consuming process. You will need to decide which of the stuff you currently own should be boxed and taken to your new home, or which are no longer necessary and therefore can be thrown away. There are a lot of people you are required to talk to, including movers, your real estate agent, administrator at your children’s new school, etc.
These tasks, however, are the easy parts. On top of everything that has to be done, you are also saying goodbye to friends, neighbors, routines and habits, and everything that you, for the past several years, have come to know.
Moving is taxing to both body and mind, but it has to be done. Individuals and families move all the time when they have outgrown their current home, they found a new job somewhere else, or they want a change of pace.
There are some things that you can do to make the move easier, as long as you are willing to spend a little more money. Here are the people who make moving a breeze.
During Loan Application
Your broker knows exactly what to do. They have experience guiding people like you, who wants to buy a house, to get the funding that you need — perfect if you are going through the process for the first time.
Your broker will save you from the task of speaking to lenders in your area to find the best deal. Most brokers already have regular contacts with a variety of lenders. You can be assured that you are only getting the cream of the crop. Brokers can even get you special rates from the lenders because of the business they bring or make them waive some fees that you otherwise will have to pay.
Moreover, your broker can prevent you from signing a contract with a shady lender or with a lender that does not have your best interest at heart.
While Looking for Your Dream House
Shopping around for houses is not easy, either. You would think that entering houses that are for sale is a fun activity but, often, you would have to look at several properties a day, for at least a few months. It is a long and tiring process if you are doing it on your own.
However, with a buyer’s agent, you would not have to look at as many properties. You will tell your agent what you want in the house, what features you cannot live without, what your budget is, where you want to live, etc. They will take these details and find the listings that fit the bill.
Some agents have access to more listings that are not available to anyone else. For example, homes that are for sale but not advertised.
In the future, if you plan to move out and sell, your agent would know which locations are likely to experience capital growth, making your investment worth it.
Most importantly, your agent will represent you. This is why many buyers get an agent in the first place. They want someone who has experience and expertise to handle the negotiations and, if needed, the bidding during auctions.
Sellers often have real estate agents backing them. Buyers should have someone on their side, too.
During Packing and Transit
As the day of your move grows nearer, expect things to be hectic. You are going to want to start decluttering your possessions so that, when the movers arrive, only the things that you need to bring will be packed and hauled to your new address.
Hiring professional movers will make the whole experience a lot easier. First, they know exactly how to pack any kind of object. Do you have a precious but extremely fragile antique dresser? The movers will take good care of it. Do you have an oddly-shaped decor that does not fit in a box? The movers will pack it for you.
Doing things by yourself may be cheaper, but it would be time-consuming and tiring. You also do not have the right equipment to transport your belongings, especially large ones, from your home to a truck.
However, one important reason why you should hire movers is insurance. With professionals, your belongings are insured so you can breathe easy knowing that everything you own is safe and will arrive where it needs to go.
Moving is stressful, but you are not alone. There are people who would be willing to help you as you transition to the next chapter of your life in your new home.