5 Key Things To Do In Your New House

Moving into a new house is a great way to start a new chapter of your life. When you buy and move into a new home, you’re opening up to new possibilities. Those new possibilities will certainly come in the form of the new people that you will meet and get to know in your new neighborhood.

Take the pain out of moving into a new house

Your entire environment will change, especially if you move into a new house that’s located in a different part of town or a completely different city or state. Move by the seat of your pants or haphazardly and you could feel overwhelmed in no time flat. The below five steps could save you time, headache, stress and regret.Those savings alone could enliven your spirit and renew your commitment to living the best life possible, especially as you open up to not only moving into a new home, but to also accepting new, personal and professional growth opportunities.

  1. Pack similar items together – It can take hours to unpack a one bedroom house, let alone a three or five bedroom house. To get those hours back, pack clothes, shoes, hats and other fashion accessories together. Pack dishes together. Put all furniture accessories, like decorative pillows, in the same box.
  2. Label items – Put clear labels on boxes and large items. This takes the guess work out of packing and unpacking.
  3. Schedule utilities in advance – Contact utility companies and have your electricity, water, gas and other utilities turned on before you move in. You’re going to need running water and electricity on day one.
  4. Build a team – Reach out to friends and relatives and build a team of movers. Choose people who have moved an entire house at least once, preferably twice. The more experienced people are at moving, the more shortcuts they generally know about.
  5. Contact information – Write down relevant contact information. For instance, have the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of babysitters, pet sitters, utility companies, cable companies and packers and unpackers that you might use. Put the contact information in the same location. Your cell phone is a great place to store this information.

Take it easy on yourself when you move into your new home

If you’ve been struggling to take the required steps to finally pursue a passion, hobby or business endeavor, moving into a new house could be the inspiration that helps you to launch forward. A move leaves your brain with no option but to except that something major has changed. Instead of putting on the brakes and refusing to accept the change, take the right steps to make your house move go as smoothly as possible.

The steps mentioned in this article may shorten the time that you spend packing,unpacking and getting acclimated to your new house and your new neighborhood. You could use that saved time to strike up conversations with your new neighbors and explore the social, education, spiritual, community and entertainment offerings near your new home. You could also use the time to fill out and submit paperwork to launch your new business or to deepen relationships with your family and friends.

Moving To A Big City Could Prove To Be A Smart Money Move

Americans spend a little more than 25 minutes a day commuting to work. Add in the time that it takes to get home and Americans are spending nearly an hour a day getting to and from work. To improve your commute, you could join city transportation committees and push for roadway upgrades and public transportation expansion. But, it takes time to see the results of those efforts.

Measurable big city residence savings

Moving into a house in a big city is a quicker path to a shorter work commute. Time and auto maintenance savings aren’t the only ways that you can save money if you move to a big city. Other money savings that you could enjoy after you take up residence in a big city are:

  • Auto expenses – It’s not just auto maintenance costs that you can save if you rent or buy a house in a big city. You can forego a car in many big cities. Instead of paying monthly auto payments and auto insurance, you can pocket that money. You can also use the money to build your savings.
  • College tuition – Respected colleges and universities are located in major towns. As a big city dweller, you can save on college tuition, because you’ll qualify for the lower in-state tuition rates.
  • Thrift shops and consignment stores – Forget shopping at upscale stores, designer shops and malls. Take advantage of lower prices at thrift shops and consignment stores.
  • Roommates – Split the cost of renting an apartment or renting a house in a big city. Take in a reliable and a safe roommate. College students living in a big cities regularly take advantage of this housing savings.
  • Exterior house costs – Yards are often smaller in big cities. Save on yard equipment if you take up residence in a big city. For example, you can save on fertilizer, snow blowers and hedge cutters.
  • Higher paying jobs – Fortune 500 companies are often headquartered in big cities. You could earn thousands more a year if you work in a big city.
  • Work from home – Open a home business. Reserve space at a temporary office to conduct meetings with potential clients. Attend networking and social events in the city to find new clients. There are plenty of opportunities to network with financially successful prospects in big cities.

Don’t rule out moving to a big city during your house search. Ask colleagues, friends and relatives to recommend realtors that charge reasonable commissions. You could also try out big city living by closing on a rent-to-own home. Try to get it written into your rent-to-own contract that you’ll be refunded a certain portion of your rent should you decide not to buy the house. Also, put the price you agree to pay for the house, should you decide to buy, into the written contract.

Continue to save for a down payment while you rent. Another thing to do if you rent,instead of buy a house, in a big city is to take actions that strengthen your credit. Do this and not only can you save by living in a big city, you’ll position yourself for greater savings when you do buy a house.

Where to Move

As they say real estate is about 3 things: location, location, location.  Finding the perfect city, town, or village to live can be difficult especially if you have a family to take care after. If you are still midst-career and not looking to retire you probably want to live close to work (maybe not too close) , family, and to what is important for you to live in town.

The first tip is simple, you can use sites such as city-data.com to find out more about the area.  City websites with a .gov domain can provide a lot of insight, but don’t forget to do a simple google search or look at the Wikipedia page of that place when they are available.  You can find out just about anything these days:  population, school systems, cost of the average house, and even average city income of the residents.  Most of this information is available thanks to the census of course, so this is a great time to do research as the information was last collected in 2010 as part of a 10 year cycle.

Google maps has a great feature called my places.  Other maps offer similar features if you prefer another, but essentially what you do is create your own map.  There is a link to take an interactive tour underneath the big red create map button if you need help.  It is a very well made tour.  After all of your important locations are marked and labeled you can zoom out a bit and see all of the locations clearly.  There are certain exceptions such as highway access, but somewhere in the middle is generally a good place to start looking.  Combine this with the town information you can find and suddenly you are well on your way to being an expert on the area.  You can even generate driving directions and estimates to and from each location. This is great news of course, because the more you know, the better your decision will be.