Moving is an exciting, exhausting, stressful, all-encompassing time in life. Sometimes, the transition may go relatively smoothly – say, if you’re moving from your parents’ home to your first apartment across town, where you don’t have a pressing sense of urgency. However, there are usually several logistical factors to consider which can make planning and scheduling a move more of a hassle than you ever imagined. Here are some things to consider when planning a move:
Choose the right time for your personal situation. If you have kids in school, for example, it makes sense to plan a move in the summer. If your job is seasonal, you’ll want to avoid your busy period. Also, make sure you have enough money! Even though many realtors and lenders say spring is an excellent time to move, it might not work for you personally.
Are there any deadlines approaching? For example, have you sold your current home and absolutely have to be out by a certain date? Do the kids need to be in a new home before school starts? Are you starting a new job across the state? These hard and fast deadlines can really put the pressure on. Try to plan ahead as far as possible – this could mean renting a temporary apartment or hotel room, delaying the closing date, negotiating for earlier move in, etc.
If you’re selling a home, know your timeline. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to sell your current home before you buy your next. This way, you’ll usually have a bit of control over the closing date and can buy yourself more time to find your new digs. However, sometimes this just isn’t possible – life isn’t always cooperative, after all.
Try your best to coordinate closing and moving dates. Ideally, you’ll want a very short amount of time between closing/lease signing and move in. If there are a few days between the two, use the time to set up utility installation and making sure heat, electricity, water, etc. are all in working order.