Every experienced mover will tell you that planning is an essential step in the house moving process. If you don’t organise well your relocation from the beginning, get ready for some trouble. But what does this mean? How to construct the perfect plan? There are three critical points that you need to think about before packing your bags and heading to the capital of the UK. Don’t skip any of them, and make sure to take your time and calculate carefully each opportunity.
Step One: Make a Budget
There are a lot of things you need to think about and they all revolve around money. You can’t move if you don’t have any savings hidden for just such an occasion. Here is a list with all the expenses you need to think about:
- Rent. When househunting you need to have the rent and deposit money ready at all times. You just never know when a good flat will pop up. This is the biggest expense and the one which sadly you can’t escape from. You can always try to bargain with your landlord but it is not always a winning strategy.
- Actual moving costs. Here you can improvise and save a lot of money. Ask your friends, and family for help with transportation, get free packing materials. If you are moving across the country, you will need a moving company. Invest some time in research and find the best one at your price point. Try to make a deal and lower some of the moving costs. The more you transport, the higher the price, so make some extra money by selling the things you don’t want or need. If you are inventive enough you can move to London for half the normal cost and even save some much-needed cash.
- Utilities and cleaning. Don’t think the home removal is over when you entered your new London flat. It is far from done. You need to have enough savings left to get the place into shape. There are still utility bills that need to be paid and maybe a hidden repair here or there. Also before you start to unpack make sure to thoroughly clean the place. Use DIY cleaners or a multi-purpose detergent. You don’t need to spend hundreds on expensive cleaning solutions.
Step Two: Where Are You Going to Work?
You need to have a clear idea from where your income is going to come. Don’t make the mistake to first move in a flat and then start to search for a way to pay your rent. The best situation is if already have a steady job and your relocation is due to work-related changes.
However, not all are that lucky. If you are coming to the big city with just your hopes and dreams, you need to diligently plan your every step. Start job hunting at once. Thankfully the unemployment rates in London are not high so you will be able to find a job quickly. If you are not searching for e specific job in a particular business sector, you will be able to get employed in a couple of weeks. The service and restaurant sectors are always hiring.
For those of you who want something more, prepare for a long search. It may take up to a couple of months to get hired in a more demanding sector like the IT, for example.
Step Three: Where Are You Going to Move into in London?
Now, this is the big question. There a lot of different possibilities that lay before you. You can search for the perfect house in the suburbs or a stylish apartment in downtown London. But let’s be real, if you are not ready to spend thousands for a place to live, you most definitely are searching for a small flat in a reasonable prosed neighbourhood.
When searching for the perfect place to move into in London you need to take into account the following:
- Finding good accommodation is hard. If you don’t have a big starting budget, it is best to begin searching for a place to live in parallel with your job-hunting. It will take a while, we assure you.
- Lower your expectations. You are searching for a place to live, not a royal palace, be prepared to make a compromise. You can always remove after a year or so.
- Think about London as a cluster of many small cities. Invest some time and get to know each and every one of them. This way you will be able to exclude the non-appealing neighbourhoods.
- You don’t need a car. When house-hunting look for a place that is relatively close to a bus or metro station. London is known for its conjunctions, so the best way to move around the city is by using public transport.