Since we already talked about moving to another country permanently, I thought of sharing some tips IF you are considering moving out of the city for whatever reasons. City life vs Suburban life and how you can make the transition seamlessly- that’s what today’s post is all about! Sometimes, a move should be part of your self-care plan to make things better.
Moving out of the city and into the suburbs is ideal if you want to start a family, not to mention the perfect choice for a more relaxed and laid back life. The stresses and strains of city life can be left far behind you as you settle into your new, calmer life. But, if you want to make sure you get to enjoy your dream move and get the home you deserve you will need to follow some tips.
Moving house can be a stressful experience at the best of times, and you need to understand what to expect. It’s not something you can guarantee is going to go smoothly because every move is different for every person. But, you can certainly take the time to try to make the move more pleasant. While moving out of the city to suburbs is not easy, these are some of the perfect pointers that will help you with that along the way.
Moving out of the City the Right Way in 8 Steps
1. Choose a Nice Area
The most important thing to consider when it comes to moving out of the city is to choose the area you want to live in. This is something that needs to come before anything else because you want somewhere that is really nice. Like they say, it is often better to get the worst house on the best street than the other way around. Making sure you choose a nice area is really important for ensuring that you have a great investment for the future and that you can have a nice place for your kids to grow up.
2. Check Out Transport Links
Another thing to think about when you’re moving out of the city is transport links. There is not going to be as much easy access to public transport outside of the city, so this is something you have to keep in mind. You don’t want to be dealing with issues when trying to get places, and it actually might be nice to be able to travel into the city once in a while. This is something to think about when it comes time to move, and you should check out an area before you actually physically make your move.
3. What are the Schools Like?
If you are raising kids out in the suburbs – let’s be honest, it’s a wonderful place for them – you need to think about local schooling. This means you need to look at the schools in the local area and see what sort of ratings they have. You also need to make sure you are eligible to send your kids to a particular school, and this is something that is going to make a big difference to the area you might choose. You want to be sure your children have access to the best schools in the area, so are sure you consider this first.Image: Flickr
4. How Far are You Moving?
Moving out of the city is not necessarily as big an upheaval as moving to another country permanently, but it can feel like it sometimes. This is why you need to make sure you plan out how far you are going to move, and what can be done to ensure you aren’t too far that you are cut off from what is going on in the world. You have to choose a nice place to live, but you also probably have a limit that you would like to live within. It is important that you determine this before you choose to buy your new home.
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5. What is Your Budget?
Another thing you have to consider is the budget you have to buy your new property. This is going to be largely dependent on the sale of your existing home, as well as the sort of mortgage you can expect to get. You can use an online mortgage calculator to work out the sort of repayments you might be expected to make. Setting a budget before you get going is massively important, and this is something you need to make sure you sort out in the planning stage. Meet with a mortgage advisor and formulate a plan for what you can expect to borrow.
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6. Plan the Right Day to Move
You might be surprised by what an impact you can have by choosing the right day to complete your house move. Weekends might seem like less chaos than midweek, but they are often anything but. Everyone is out on the weekends, and there are a lot of people with the same ideas as you. Traffic will likely be worse, and you might have to pay more for removal services. So, it is important to make sure you choose the right day for your move to help it go as smoothly as possible.
7. Use the Opportunity to Have a Clear Out
Anytime we move we seem to accrue more and more stuff, so this is a good opportunity to have a clear out. Use the impending move to have a clear out and get rid of a lot of the unwanted clutter you have collected over the years. Your crowded city home is not going to have the same feel to it as a home in the country, and that’s why you need to make sure you take the chance here to have a clear out and work toward a fresh start in the burbs.
8. Are You Going to Do Any Work on the Property?
When you have a property earmarked for purchase, you will doubtless have given thought to what you want to do to it. That means you will have considered whether work needs to be done on the home, and if so, what sort of work you’d like to do. There are a lot of ways you can improve the home, and this is something that should be in your mind before you actually complete your move.
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These pointers will hopefully prove very useful for you in moving out of the city and into the country. There are so many things that you’ll need to plan for in this respect, but these are great places to start. You need to bear these things in mind before you actually complete your move.
Sometimes, self-care starts with a move such as this. Though it may sound HUGE and too big of a change, I hope these tips will come handy if you ever find yourself in that position.
Have any tips of your own to share about moving out of the city? Let me know in comments!
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Michael Humble says
Very helpful article! Point 6(Plan the Right Day to Move) is very important for moving (I think!).
If we made some new purchases, such as a couch or dining room suite, schedule the delivery after moving day. Will those help us focus our attention on moving day itself?
Great tips! We’ve moved out of the city almost two years ago and you’re right, life in the suburbs is more relaxed and less stressful. 🙂
Thanks for sharing.