Being recently married comes with lots of new and exciting changes. Once you’re husband and wife, you feel a lot more like a team, ready to take on new challenges and adventures together – and what better way to start a new life than in a new home and, potentially, a whole new area?
Moving is, of course, a stressful process even at the best of times. To help you and your new husband or wife navigate this first new step together, there are a couple of things that it’s worth keeping in mind.
Here are our top five tips for newlyweds who are looking to relocate.
Discuss It Far In Advance
While you both want to relocate, you both might have varying ideas about where exactly you’d like to go. For that reason, it’s best to talk about this far in advance so that you can reach a conclusion fairly easily and will have plenty of time to get onto finding the perfect home for the two of you instead.
Remember that one person may have to sacrifice more than the other in moving to a certain new area and that this is something that will need to be discussed. For example, one of you may have to begin a new job in order to work closer to home, one of you may have to be further away from your family, etc. Be prepared to find some middle ground here and reach a compromise.
Consider The Future
When looking for a new house, you need to consider the years that you’ll spend there and everything which may change in the meantime. Do you have plans to start a family eventually? If so, you’ll need to look into the area’s schools and recreational areas. Do you plan to get a pet? Do you need a garden?
Purchasing the perfect home for your family that will suit you just as well in a few years as it does now means taking all these potential future plans into consideration.
It may also be worth having a look at how the neighbourhood has already developed and changed in previous years to get a feel for what’s to come. For instance, it’s a good idea to see how the crime rate has changed over the last few years or to see how much money has been put into new developments and projects in the local area.
…But Don’t Forget The Present!
You still want to enjoy the start of your married life, right? Try to pick an area which gives the two of you plenty of opportunity to go on dates, trips, days out and spend some real quality time together as you get used to your new neighbourhood. Life can be stressful at times, so there’s very little point in choosing to live in an area where there’s nothing for the two of you to enjoy together.
Talk About Design Choices
Even if you already lived together before you were married, chances are that the home you lived in may not be a home you chose or decorated together. Plenty of couples make the decision for one partner to move into their partner’s current property, meaning the design of the home is very much just suited to one person’s tastes.
When planning your move, look into how you both want to decorate your new home and talk about all the fun and vibrant ways that you can put your own stamp on it as a couple.
Take It On As A Team
Try to take on each and every part of your move as a team, working together on every step. Spend time together exploring potential new neighbourhoods, looking for new houses, researching movers, packing… this is the start of your first adventure as a married couple, so enjoy each and every second of the process together as much as you can.
Moving can be a stressful experience for anyone. Whatever you do, work together, help each other and support each other! You make a good team.