When should you move house

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

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