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25mnb's blog Relocation can be tedious and difficult to manage–especially if you have neither the time to dedicate to the process nor the right people assisting you. You see a ‘to let’ banner hanging in front of a property you fervently fancy. But then with a sigh you turn away, because the procedure involved in moving from your current home to that house of your dreams frightens you.

It shouldn’t. You only need to handle it one decision at a time. Start with a question.

Why relocate?

This question should help you identify those pressing issues that demand that you relocate and thus motivate you to take that first step towards moving to another accessible home.

There should be a reason—many reasons in fact–why the thought of relocating has been brewing in your mind. It could be that:

·         You got a better paying job.

·         Your landlord doesn’t care about maintenance: Meaning a malfunctioning plumbing system, a leaky roof, peeling walls.

·         You have a family now and thus have outgrown your current space.

·         You can no longer afford your current home.

·         You are getting married.

·         Your new workplace is a city away.

·         You can no longer put up with your landlord’s unreasonable rules.

The scenarios can be limitless.

Where to relocate

It’s possible that it was when you happened upon that ideal home that relocation crossed you mind. It’s also possible that you first arrived at the decision to move before you began searching for a new house.

Whichever it is, keep these points in mind to ensure you get the best out of your new home.

·         Avoid places liable to natural disaster.

·         Also avoid areas prone to crime.

·         Is the new house affordable?

·         Check whether the features of the new house suite you need.

·         What public facilities are in the area?

What to do before relocating

Landlord-tenant agreements often state that a property inhabited by a tenant must be reinstated to its original state at the end of tenancy. Depending on how strict the clause is, this can mean:

·         Removing the screws you put into the walls to hold your pictures, and patching up the holes.

·         Scrubbing everywhere.

·         Testing the locks to make sure they are working properly. Hire an  expert locksmith to get new keys cut if you have lost keys for certain doors.

·         Gathering the keys in preparation for a handover.

·         Inviting the landlord over to evaluate the state of his property and approve, and getting his approval in writing.

That way, you get to avoid any dispute that can make you lose your tenancy deposit.

How to relocate

Apart from sorting your possessions and parking them properly, there isn’t much to moving from your current home. The hassle of loading them onto a vehicle and transporting them to your new home can easily be managed by a company that handles house removals.

It’s that simple. Query as many movers as you can in order to get the most cost-effective rate from a quality removals company.

This can also be a great time to single out those belongings you don’t need any more and sell or donate them. Doing so may go a long way in reducing the cost of relocating your possessions and the chances of your next home turning out cluttered.