Planning Your Move

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How quickly you are able to settle in to your new home (or if this is an investment property, how quickly you will be able to start making money!) will depend on a number of factors. The most influential factor governing the speed at which you settle is the amount of planning that you put into the moving day itself.

Settling into a Personal Property
When you are moving into a property for personal reasons, it is likely that the actual move and settling in process will be that bit more complicated, partly due to the sheer volume of personal possessions involved. Moving day is often exactly that, one day to move everything, which can be an incredibly daunting task.

Before moving day, consider carefully what the process will be on the day. Ideally, you should have at least one individual who can orchestrate the sequence of events in both the property that you are vacating and in the new house. When using a removal company, it pays to inform the personnel about the main contacts at both locations, so that they can save time by asking the right person, should they have any queries.

If you are planning to carry out any work on the property, after you move, it is worth keeping this at the forefront of your mind when loading and unloading furniture items. Ideally, you should keep the areas requiring work free of clutter to make the tasks easier to complete. Create a list before moving day that details exactly what you intend to do to the property once you move in. Include tasks such as painting, re-carpeting and general renovation. From this list, decide which areas have to be kept clear and where the furniture destined for these rooms is to be stored, in the meantime. When packing these rooms, label the contents with the final destination room in one colour, but the actual room in which they are to stored, temporarily, in another colour. This helps keep your work space clutter-free.

You will find settling into the property a lot easier if you know where everything is and feel that you have a clear plan of how you are going to make the transition from ”„moving day' to ”„dream home'.

Settling into an Investment Property
With an investment property, there is very little ”„settling in' to be done as this type of move is unlikely to involve shifting large volumes of furniture and possessions, on the day itself. Having said this, there is still a lot of preparation that can be done to ensure that your purchase begins to make money for you, as soon as possible.

Before completion, visit the property and make a list of all of the work that you will need to do, before putting tenants into the property or before selling it on. If you are going to require practical issues such as planning permission, it is worth beginning this process before completion. Bear in mind, however, that you will need the written consent of your vendor, first, in order to make the formal planning application.
Other factors that you can prepare for include hiring builders and ordering any materials or furniture that will be needed. Even after exchange, it is reasonable to begin advertising the property to potential tenants, provided the vendor does not object.

Summary
Bullet Point The more you plan your moving day, the easier settling in will be;
Bullet Point at every point during the move you should consider what you intend to do in the future and how you are going to achieve these goals, as this will enable you to plan ahead effectively;
Bullet Point when purchasing an investment property, remember that the main focus is to start earning cash as soon as possible; therefore, anything that you can plan in advance is a definite bonus!

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