The forgotten woes of moving homes

News > Lifestyle & Architecture - 15 Mar 2019

With the excitement of finding and securing a property that meets all your search criteria, it can be easy to forget just how stressful the actual moving process can be. While the end result of being comfortably settled into a new home makes going through this trouble worthwhile, it can be helpful to take a moment to prepare yourself for what lies ahead. 

“As exciting as it is, moving homes is not all fun and games. If it’s been a while since you have last experienced a move, it might be helpful to speak to an estate agent to get a better idea of the kinds of things you should plan for during this process,” advises Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

Below are just a few points homeowners should brace themselves for if they are about to move into a new home:

Packing takes longer than you think

“The worst mistake homeowners can make is to underestimate how much time it takes to pack. Depending on the size of the home, homeowners should starts packing anywhere from a week to a month ahead of the move. To keep track of where you’ve stored your items, number each box and keep an inventory list of what can be found inside each one,” says Goslett.

You've accumulated more than you realise

“Especially for those who have been in their current home for more than five years, it is often astonishing how much can be accumulated over the years. Make sure you give yourself enough time to sort through all the rooms in your home and donate, dump, or sell the items that you no longer need,” he adds.

There is more admin than you remember

“One tends to forget that one’s address will need to be updated with all of your account holders. While most institutions allow you to update these details online these days, some might still insist that you bring along a hard copy of a proof of residence before they will update your details. It might be a good idea to take a few days leave after the move to sort out all of the necessary admin,” says Goslett.

The result is worth the effort

“While going through the process of moving, many promise themselves never to go through the trouble again. However, as time passes, one’s needs change and the home that was once perfect soon becomes restrictive and unpleasant to live in. As stressful as moving can be, nothing beats the feeling of being settled into a new home that suits all your lifestyle needs. Homeowners should never let the somewhat daunting process of moving deter them from getting in touch with a real estate professional who can help them take the bold step of relocating,” Goslett concludes.  

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