According to a 2018 survey, 40% of Americans say buying a new home is the most stressful event in modern life. However, if you find yourself preparing to move, there are ways to make it less stressful. Use the following tips and tricks to reduce stress and make the entire process easier.
Sort Through Belongings Early
Whether you’re downsizing or just trying to minimize the amount of “stuff” you have to move, the sooner you begin sorting through belongings and deciding what you can get rid of, the more time you’ll have for the rest of the process. Make a plan to pass heirlooms on to loved ones, donate things through the proper channels, and sell items either online or through a yard sale for some sweet extra moving funds. If you have things that you don’t plan to bring with you to the new house but aren’t quite ready to get rid of, consider renting a storage unit. (In Bloomington, the average price of self-storage is $101.27 per unit.)
Decide What You Want
Knowing what you want in a new home can reduce your buyer’s anxiety. Whether you’re working with a real estate agent or navigating the market on your own, you are going to need to sift through a number of properties. When you know exactly what you’re looking for in a home, you can slash that number significantly. With that in mind, it also helps to be flexible with your expectations. The home you buy doesn’t necessarily need to have every single feature on your “must-have” list. Remember that some things can be modified with time.
As important as knowing what you want is knowing what you can afford. In Bloomington, homes are currently valued at an average of $169,000, but keep in mind that the property that’s best for your family may be more or less than that. Getting a mortgage pre-qualification is a good way to come up with a budget for your search. Unlike a mortgage pre-approval, pre-qualification is informal and does not require a credit check. It’s more like a conversation with an expert or lender in which you provide the relevant information, and in return, you get advice on the best budget for your home buying needs and future financial goals. Once you’ve found a home you want to make an offer on, you’ll go through the process of pre-approval.
Sure, it may be tempting to save money by handling all the prep and moving on your own, but you may find that the stress and hassle aren’t worth it. Professionals can help to get your home looking its best for potential buyers. Professional painters (like us!), cleaners, and other service providers can usually get those jobs done faster and higher quality than you could on your own, plus it saves you the headache of learning new skills on top while you’re already swamped trying to get ready move. Another way to reduce stress is to hire professional movers. Movers help to save you both time and energy while reducing the chances of your belongings being lost or damaged. While there are some valuables you should move on your own, all in all, it’s worth the extra room in your budget to hire professionals.
Though looking for a new home and moving can be stressful, creating a plan early on can make things easier. Knowing what you want in a new home cuts down on time wasted checking out properties that won’t do. To help steer your search, get pre-qualified for a mortgage so you know what you can afford. Finally, make room in your budget to hire professionals to save time and energy.