Wed 28 Sep 2016
Whether it be for a new job or to be closer to family, relocating can be stressful and need months of logistical planning to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible. We’ve put together some handy tips to help you along the way.
Research Your New Area
We are fortunate enough to have the Internet at our finger tips in order to research the fine detail about our potential new area. Illustreets.co.uk is a great website for finding out about local schools, commuting, crime rates and so on.
Register with the local estate agents, after all they are the experts in that area, and should be able to share all their local knowledge with you. If you’re moving to an area close to a John German branch we have some great Local Area Guides for you to check out.
Visit the area
Take the time to make a few trips to your chosen area, drive around the villages and towns to get a real feel for which location might be right for you. If you have children it’s a good time to start visiting potential schools or even take them to a local park to familiarise them with the area, this will hopefully make it less daunting for them once you’ve actually moved.
Talk To The Local People
Once you’ve settled on a new home, talk to the current vendors or any new neighbours if you get the opportunity. Recommendations for schooling, doctors, dentists etc could save you lots of time researching, you might also want to ask for a couple of takeaway menus for the first couple of nights after your long moving journey!!
Get Yourself Prepared
Have a good clear out – you don’t want to be carting lots of things a long distance that you don’t actually need!
Organise your utilities – you may need to swap providers in your new home so do some research in advance.
Get quotes and timescales on removals – if you’re travelling a long distance it’s worth bearing in mind that a removals firm may need longer than one day to get from A to B so plan ahead.
Start packing in advance – you might want to spend the last few days saying farewell to friends and family not running around packing boxes.
Service your car – especially if travelling a long distance, you don’t want the headache of breaking down on the important moving day!!
You can also check out our Buyers Guide for more information about the whole buying process.
Enjoy Your New Home
If you are completely new to the area, then ask new work colleagues what there is to enjoy in the area or if you’re on the school run talk to other parents about meeting up with them and their children.
Already got friends and family in the area then now would be a great time to throw a moving in party and enjoy your new home.
Thinking of relocating?
Contact us for some expert advice & to reigister for alerts of properties new to the market.
"I would highly recommend John German Lichfield who dealt with my simultaneous sale and purchase very efficiently. The team are very helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They held my hand all the way through what was a very stressful time and reassured me when needed. The whole process from putting house up for sale to actually moving in to dream home was less than 3 months in total. Cannot rate highly enough!"