Moving to a new home is an exciting experience but one that can also be frustrating. Saga have a smooth move process that highlights a number of steps to make the moving experience a lot less stressful. http://www.saga.co.uk/legal/conveyancing-news/smooth-moves.aspx

Once deciding upon your move the first step is conveyancing. This can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you don’t have the right support. Choosing a conveyancer isnt a decision that should be taken lightly. A lot of factors should be considered before deciding such as fee structure, speed and nature of the service & their reputation.

When moving it is also important to consider the fixtures & fittings you leave behind. As a general rule if something cant be removed without detaching it from the structure of the house it should be left. It is best to ensure your conveyancer deals with this appropriately.

Another important factor to consider when moving is choosing the right size property for your circumstances. Do you need to down size or upgrade? Do you need a particular location?

You should consider moving somewhere bigger if:

  • A relative is moving in and you need more space
  • Your family is growing
  • You are planning to stay in the property for a long time 

You should consider somewhere smaller if:

  • You want to release equity on your home
  • Members of the family have moved on and you feel you have too much space
  • You can no longer afford your mortgage
  • You want to live somewhere more managable in terms of maintenance

Where to move to?

Some checks to do before deciding on an area to move to are:

  • Property prices & trends – Are prices going up or down? How is the property market going to change?
  • Affordability – How affordable is the area? If this isnt your final property will you be able to sell the property efficiantly if you need to later on? If this is your final home will you be able to afford it when you retire?
  • Proximity to family & friends – Are you prepared to move further away? Do you need continuous support from family & friends? If yes, is the area close enough for you?
  • Employment – is there a strong job market close by?
  • Crime Rates & statistics – It is important to check the crime rate in the area before deciding. You can do this at www.ukcrimestats.com
  • Local amenities – Look closely at the local services available. Will you have easy access to schools, shops etc.