When should you move house
AFTER the last box is moved into your new home, you might think the hardest part of the move is over. And you’re right. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you need to do after a move. In fact, there’s a lot of stuff that needs to get done before you can relax completely.
If you’re trying to decide whether you should move or not, there are several things you need to consider. We start with the practical rather than the emotional as the practical needs to be in place before you can attempt a move. So before you start packing, here are the essential questions you need to ask yourself:
How much will it cost? If you’ve never moved before, you might not be aware of how much it actually costs to move.
Moving is usually a losing proposition when it comes to money. You always spend more than you’d ever get back that is unless you’re moving for a better paying job, that will in time, make up for what you’ve spent, or if you’re moving to a cheaper place, where you’ll end up saving money over the long term. Otherwise, get ready to have expenses related to your move.
Can I afford to move? So now that you know your move will cost you some money, the first thing you need to do is figure out exactly what that cost will be and whether you can actually afford to move. Make sure you look at long term living as well in particular if your job is affected or you’re moving to a new city or town where the cost of living might be more expensive or maybe even less. Look at the whole picture and if you and you’re family will be better off over time, then it might be a good time to move.
If you have children, is it okay to move during the school year?
Now that you’ve figured out whether you can afford to move, the next step is to think about when to move.
If you have children, you’ll need to consider whether or not to disrupt your child’s school year by moving while school is still in ses- sion. Some people suggest moving at the end of the school year and before the next begins, however, you may not have this kind of luxury and may need to move as soon as possible. If that’s the case, remember that there are ways to help your child change schools, deal with the move, meet friends and feel good in their new home.
What about a job? If you’re moving because of a new job, then your decision of whether to move or when is probably not up to you.
But if you’re moving, hoping to land in a better job market or are moving for other reasons, knowing that you need to find a new job, then there are ways to prepare before you move. Finding a job locally, where you’re living is difficult enough, and finding a job where you don’t live . . before you move - is even harder.
I suggest trying to land a job in your new city or town before you move to ensure you and your family remain financially stable.
However, if you think you’re moving to a better job market, then you can take the change and move without a job. I’ve done it several times and so can you.
Is it the right time? Like most things, the job market follows a somewhat predictable cycle, depending on the job sector you’re competing within.
The summer and holiday season is the slowest period for hiring across most markets, unless you’re in retail when the holidays season means a lot more temporary jobs.
The fall and spring tend to be a good time to job hunt and if you’re planning a move to accommodate looking for a new position, try to plan your move so you arrive in your new spot ready to hit the job market.
Can you find a new place? Finally, you need to consider the housing market and how easily or difficult it’ll be to find a new place to live.
If you’re moving to a new city and have a place to stay . . with friends or family, for instance . . then you have some wiggle room in finding a new home. Most people will need to find a place to live first before moving and that means you’ll need to know whether the housing market you’re going to will make that easy or difficult. J ust remember that even if the housing market is tight and rentals or homes for sale are few, doesn’t mean you can’t move. It may just mean that you need to plan a little more strategically and wait until you find that perfect spot.
CONSIDER the housing market and how easily or difficult it’ll be to find a new place to live.