Trying to find a place to live is justifiably stressful, especially if you’re in the midst of being forced out of your current home. With such a small window of opportunity at your side, you’ve got to move fast and find somewhere new stat! And while packing up and actually moving itself is hard, the period in which you have to find a property is the most difficult! As such, here are some ways to keep the stress levels down.
Never Jump into a Sale
Jumping into a property sale is always a bad idea. You need to think about finding a home, and prevent this kind of stress from causing you to feel hopeless about your housing future. If you’re feeling pressured, make sure you touch upon that in the moment. Don’t be afraid to say it outloud.
Indeed, you never have to say yes to a sale from a pushy estate agent, or because your partner is determined to move in as soon as possible. Make sure this is something you actually talk about at length; make a mistake with this kind of money and you’ll be paying for it (literally!) for years.
Widen the Search
Sometimes the best home for you won’t be just around the corner, or even in the town where you live right now. No, you might have to look into cross country moving to find the property that has the most appropriate price tag, the most amount of room, and even the development opportunities you’ve always been interested in.
So, if you’re not finding anything promising here, it’s good to get used to the idea of moving long distance early on. This’ll give you more time to tell people what you’re planning, find the best movers, and go from there.
Know What You’re Willing to Compromise
What do you want from your new home? And what can you live without, if you find a property that mostly fits the bill but not quite entirely? Because when you make a healthy compromise like this, it comes from knowing what you’re willing to put up with. Talk it out with anyone you’re moving with, make sure you’re all on the same page about the must-haves and the can-do-withouts.
Be Aware of Estate Agent Tricks
Going on from the point above about feeling pressured, make sure you’re working with an estate agent you trust. Of course, you don’t have much to say about the agent the seller has hired, but your own agent should be someone you have full belief in. Otherwise you could fall into the trap of various tricks. However, you can avoid these by approaching everything with a healthy sense of caution, and taking your time in weighing up the pros and cons.
Looking for a new house is a lot of work, and you’ll probably be exhausted by the time you’re done. So keep the stress down with tips like these; taking your time is no bad thing!