People move for a variety of different reasons. The most common being investment or financial opportunities, the desire for an improved family environment, or simply, a lifestyle change. Regardless of what a person’s motivations are to move, there is a lot that goes into the process. There are several factors to consider, one of the most important being whether or not you can afford the move in the first place. Along with the cost of the home you’re purchasing, the considerable expenses associated with the actual process of moving, should all be thoroughly studied and carefully weighed.
Generally speaking, Australians are not afraid of moving. According to a study conducted in 2012, approximately 31% of Australians are willing to move if it would improve their financial and/or lifestyle situations. So where do people want to go? About 46% would choose Queensland, while both NSW and Victoria appealed to 40% of Australians.
House Price Index
So we know people are willing to move, but is it possible? Australia’s housing market is showing signs of improvement, with lower interest rates and greater affordability. The House Price Index rose for the 8 capital cities by an average of 3.4% in 2013. The following statistics are in comparison to the 2011-2012 period.
- Sydney- 4.7%
- Melbourne- 2.6%
- Brisbane- 2.8%
- Adelaide- 2.5%
- Perth- 3.3%
- Hobart- 2.0%
- Darwin- 1.7%
- Canberra- 0.3%
Once the paperwork is signed and the financial details are solidified, it’s time to think about the logistics of your relocation. Moving is a time-consuming process that can often require a lot of patience and effort. The following steps should help make the transition a little bit smoother.
Get started early
It’s commonly said that moving house is one of the most stressful things a person can do. Last minute moving is a nightmare. Most people need more time than they initially anticipate, and scrambling around as the deadline approaches can cause you to lose or break items and become even more stressed. Added stress is the last thing you need when moving; it can lead to unnecessary accidents, mishaps and bills! So give yourself plenty of time to get everything done and avoid time pressures where you can.
Create a plan
Before you fill a single box, sit down and establish a plan. How many days is this going to take you? On what days will you want certain tasks completed? Create a checklist of things that need to get done before you lock the front door for the last time. This is also a good time to determine which tasks you’ll need to hire professional help for, and which you can do on your own.
If they are available and willing to lend a hand, ask friends and family to help out with your move. However, you’ll most likely have to spend some money and hire some professional movers. Take time to research professionals who can give you the best deal, but don’t focus on cost alone. Read reviews and ask around for references. Spending a little extra on a quality mover will be worth it if it reduces the overall stress of the move. Remember that these people will be in your home handling your most valued possessions; you need to make sure they’re trustworthy.
Don’t just throw everything in boxes. Organisation will help you save space as well as time when you have to unpack everything at your new place. Pack items from the same room together and label the boxes so you know where to place them in the new home. Put the heaviest items in the bottom of each box and make sure all of the boxes are properly sealed. If you can, coordinate with the professional movers. They might have weight restrictions on boxes which you’ll need to keep in mind when packing. Where you can, disassemble large items in the home and fit them in smaller boxes. This can save you space and potentially reduce the number of trucks you need for the move.
Keep important items close
Even when you are using professionals, it’s smart to take care of personal items yourself. You will want to have access to things you need on a daily basis, including toiletries, mobile phone chargers, laptops, or important medications. You’ll also want to make sure that documents containing sensitive information are kept safe, including birth certificates, passports, financial information and medical documents. Extremely valuable or sentimental items should stay with you during travel. Above all, make sure that you know exactly where your most necessary items are at all times—you don’t want to have to dig through stacks of boxes should an emergency arise.