The end of the year is quickly coming up, and with a new decade on the horizon, many families are looking to start over in a new home. Whether you’re moving around the corner or across the country, you’re certainly not alone in feeling anxious. Around 11% of the U.S. population moved in 2017, and that number has remained fairly consistent from year to year. Plenty of families move year-to-year, and for any parent, moving can cause a lot of stress for you and your family. Use these tips for your upcoming move so you and your family can get through this difficult period as calmly as possible.
Get To Know The Home Buying Process
For many people, the majority of moving stress comes from being new to the process of buying a home. If you’ve lived in apartments or rentals but not a house of your own, buying a house can be incredibly intimidating. Luckily, you’re not alone; 32% of people looking to buy new homes are first time home buyers. Talk to friends and family when you’re going through the shopping process – they’ll be able to give you advice for your specific situation as well as the neighborhood you’re looking in. Additionally, make sure you look for a real estate agent that has experience working with first-time homebuyers and families. The right real estate agent can walk you through the process step-by-step and make the experience as simple and as low-stress as possible.
Improve Home Security Before Moving In
Once you’ve picked out the home and signed the dotted line, the stress and anxiety are far from over. At this point, many people jump to planning for their move; however, you may want to add a few extra steps before you settle in. If you’re moving to a new neighborhood that you’re unfamiliar with, or if you just would like an added sense of security, consider installing a few extra safety features in your home before you move your family in. Even during impulsive, unplanned burglaries, more than 50% of the intruders said they would discontinue the burglary if they discovered an alarm. If you have a home security alarm installed before your family moves in, there won’t be a gap in security coverage, and you can feel safe in your new home.
Plan For Your Family’s Needs
Remember when you’re picking out and settling into a new home that not every home feature is going to be a benefit for every single family. For example, the previous owner of the home may have been excited about the home’s pool in the backyard. After all, a swimming pool can boost your home’s value by up to 7%. However, if your family has small children, a pool might not be the best feature for a home to have, especially without a properly secured fence around it. When picking out a home and moving in, make sure you focus on the features that are best for your family. If you’ve already bought the home, try to focus on preparing the features that will be most useful to most members of your household.
Figure Out Future Projects
Finally, if you’re anxious, it could be because you’re a bit overwhelmed by the number of items on your to-do list. This is especially true for new construction homes or fixer-upper homes; either way, you’ll likely have a fair amount of work to do to make the home ready to live in. Try to prioritize your to-do list to stay organized when you’re moving in, and base your prioritization on what’s most important for you in a home.
For example, if you’re worried about utility costs or energy use, focus on home fixes that will shrink your energy expenditure. How you go about this will depend on the construction of your home, since some are more energy-efficient than others to begin with. Modular constructions reduce energy consumption during the building process by around 67% and reduce energy costs later on for occupants. If you’re moving into a more traditionally constructed home, try replacing windows to improve energy efficiency; approximately 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through its windows. Of course, this is just one example; prioritize whatever is going to make you feel most comfortable in your new home.
Settling into a new home can be incredibly stressful for any family, especially if you’re new to the neighborhood or just the process of buying a home. These tips can help you settle into your home faster and help you and your family feel more comfortable sooner.