*This is a contributed post.
Sometimes in life there may be a time where you need to move away from where you’re currently living quicker than you would normally do so. This might be because of troublesome neighbors, wanting to move closer to a sick family member or friend, your landlord has asked you to leave, or even because of starting a new job. Regardless of your reason, finding a new place to live can be very stressful, especially when you need to move within a certain timeframe. There will be a few things that you will need to take into consideration, and in this article will be how you can overcome these things quickly and efficiently so that you can move into your new home.
Being expected to move regardless of your timeframe requires you to have the money at hand to be able to afford a deposit on a new home. If this isn’t something that you have to hand, luckily there are ways that you can get hold of some money so that you can move as soon as possible.
- Selling unwanted/unneeded items that you know will sell quickly and for large amounts of money. When you move, you might not need your car any longer because of being closer to everything you need or choosing to take public transport. Selling something like this will ensure that you have the deposit (hopefully in full) almost straight away.
- Borrowing money from family or friends is another option that you could go for, especially if you’re moving for the sake of them. Of course, offering to pay them back as soon as you receive your security deposit back from your current property will make them more likely to let you borrow the money for your move.
- Using a payday loan if family and friends aren’t an option is another route that you could go down. As long as you have a good credit score, and you will be able to pay the amount back on the date agreed, you shouldn’t have any problems. There is often a bad stigma placed above payday loans because of the massive interest rates and the fright of getting yourself into trouble with money. As mentioned, if you’re able to repay on the agreed date, you won’t have any problems. Just make sure you’re using a company that give you a written contract with fixed fees.
- Give your bank a call and ask for a personal loan. If you explain your situation to your bank they may be able to set up a loan for you. It’s likely that they will set up affordable monthly repayments that they will deduct from your monthly salary. This is probably the best option for those of us that might not have a great credit score or don’t want to risk borrowing from a payday lender.
Make sure that before anything you have set yourself a budget on how much rent you will be able to afford each month. This should indicate how much of a deposit you need to save.
Choosing the right property
Once you have the money side of it sorted (and bear in mind that each property is different when it comes to fees, the smaller the property the cheaper it will be to move into,) then you can begin looking at properties within the area that you’d like to move into. There are many ways of doing so, all as effective as the other:
- Looking in newspapers is a great way of finding the latest properties available to move into. If there is a particular area that you’d like to move to, be sure to buy the local paper for that area to find the closest homes available on the market.
- Checking online for affordable apartments and other properties is also a brilliant way of finding a new home for you because all of the prices are often listed in front of you. There may even be the option to book yourself in for a viewing at a time that suits you. For example, you might need to view properties on your break at work, or on a day off.
- Going into an estate agents and asking them about the properties they have on offer within your budget is another easy way to get the ball rolling. They will be able to recommend properties and also arrange viewings to suit you.
- Looking in store windows or asking around may find you a new property to quickly move into, but be wary of any hidden charges and make sure that all relevant paperwork will be filled out when it comes to moving.
Once you have seen a property that you like on paper, arrange with the relevant person to go and view your new potential home. When you go and view a property, make sure to create a checklist for yourself to follow to ensure that you’re not being conned into moving into a property that has more faults than it’s worth.
Moving your belongings
A great idea to put into action as soon as you know that you’re going to need to move soon, is to begin packing straight away, so that if you find a property quickly that’s available to move into, you will be able to quickly pack the remainder of your belongings and begin the move into your new home. Here are some other ideas to help make you move go nice and quickly:
- If you didn’t think of prepacking anything, not to worry. Grab a few of your friends and ask them to give you a hand with packing your things. You could always do this with the promise of a pizza or a few drinks along the way.
- Once you have the packing under control, and you have a moving date, ask friends and family if they’re able to give you a hand with moving everything.
- If you’re unable to obtain much (if any) help from friends and family, it might be worth hiring out a big van for a few days and pre filling it with your belongings before you’re due to move, so that on moving day you can take your first load over and get going with your move.
- If all else fails, hiring a moving company to come and help you is another option that you could take. Be aware that doing so will cost you a fair whack of money that you might need to take into consideration before moving.
What to do if you can’t find a property fast enough
There’s a large chance that you won’t be able to find a property at the snap of your fingers, so here are a few things that you could do to get yourself out of the property you’re in and still look for a new home without sleeping on the streets.
- Putting your belongings into storage will make sure that you can move out on the agreed date and still have somewhere for your things to be. Even though this may be a lot of hassle, it will ensure that you’re out when you need to be.
- Once you have sorted out somewhere for your belongings to be, ask some friends if you could sleep on their sofa for a night or two, but make sure you don’t overstay your welcome. Be proactive and show that you’re looking for a place to live.
- See if you can find any property shares in the area, there are often people looking for housemates. You might land yourself a housemate that you want to stay with permanently, especially if it works out cheaper!
- Ask a family member if you’re able to stay with them for a short time, there’s a chance that they will be more than happy to help you out as much as they can.
- If you’re really stuck, check out a homeless shelter in your area to see if they will be able to help you get yourself back on track and into a property. It might seem a little extreme, but sometimes people need a little help to get to where they want to be.
- Another option would be to plead with your current landlord before moving out for a little extra time to look for a property. Show them proof that you have been trying and you they may allow you extra time before asking you to leave for good.
As you can see, there are a lot of easy ways to get yourself moving away quicker than you’d think. If you do find yourself in this situation, for whatever reason, make sure you take action sooner rather than later so that you don’t end up stuck with somewhere to live. Good luck with your swift move, and enjoy your new home!