If you thought the 7 year itch applied only to relationships then think again! Having lived in the same house for 7 years many people then decide it’s time to move on, with the average American moving house every 5-7 years.
For some people, a house move is as good a change as any and once yearly rental contracts are up many will take it as an opportunity to try new pastures. If there is some degree of flexibility on your location for purposes of work or school then moving house may seem like a good idea to see new areas, live in a new area and so on. In the current economic climate many people renting will also see a house move as an opportunity to seek out other desperate landlords eager to rent out their properties for under market value. Of course this may not always be so easy to find and may be a misguided thought but it’s fair to say that the rental market is currently very healthy indeed. These days we’re finding that as more and more people decide to wait to get on to the property ladder or are finding it difficult to get a mortgage agreed to think about getting on to the property ladder and so “house hopping” in the rental market is the simplest option!
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In the current economic climate it seems increasingly difficult for first-time buyers to even think about getting a foot on to the property ladder and these days more and more people are opting to make the most of their space in Mum and Dad’s house, staying put until they have enough for a deposit. However, a new government initiative aims to change this by helping struggling first-time buyers make their first purchase by cutting the necessary deposit amount to 4% down from up to 25-30%.
This new scheme, called the FirstBuy Scheme was announed in the March budget and will see the government collaborate with housing developers to provide a 5 year interest free loan that will cover 20% of the property’s purchase price leaving the remaining 5% of the deposit needed in the hands of the first-time buyer.
Since the start of the recession around 3-4 years ago it has been almost impossible for first-time buyers to do anything about owning their own property with soaring deposits. Many have resigned themselves to not getting on the property ladder until well into their thirties and needing to take on more and more work to even be able to do that.
With the new FirstBuy Scheme first-time property buyers will need much smaller deposits from around £5,000 with lower mortgage repayments too and the offer is open to those with a household income of less than £60,000 and buying a property for the first time. The properties applicable to the new offer must also be new homes and these have limited availability with the first ones coming on to the market this month.
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Moving house is no easy feat at the best of times and if you have animals, moving house can be an even bigger feat to beat and mean that an extra bit of preparation is necessary to ensure that you and your pets have a stressfree move.
First of all, think about the packing days. If you have lots to be getting on with and plan to have items out and being sorted all over the kitchen floor for example, you may find it easier to ask a friend or relative to look after your pet whilst you get on with things. The noise and activity that comes with ensuring everything goes in to the correct boxes and is all packed up correctly will keep you more than occupied and so Rover may be best taken out for a long walk to stay out of your way. The last thing you need is an over-excited pet wanting to be part of the hustle and bustle happening at home. If you are getting help with your removals, if people are in and out of the house all day long you don’t want to be worried about Rover making a dash for it out of the front door either!
Before introducing your pet to their new home you should make sure it is pet-proof where necessary. If your cat usually stays indoors or is used to having a fence in the back garden, think about doing the same in your new home. You could also think about keeping your cat inside for a few days to let them get used to the indoors before letting them venture out.
Once you’re done with the house removals and you’re in your new home you should also let your pet have their own time to get used to the new surroundings before you unpack everything. Let your dog have a sniff around and let your cat investigate each room so that they can familiarise themselves with their new territory. Show them where to find their food and water bowls as well as a litter tray if used so that there’s no mishaps!
If your pet is micro-chipped now is also the time to visit the new vet and update the details associated with their chip. If your pet isn’t micro-chipped it may be an idea to temporarily ensure they have clear address and contact details on a tag until you’re happy they won’t get lost in a new neighbourhood.
In your new home, try to establish a routine as quickly as possible and include your pet to reduce the possibility of them being stressed at all of the new activity and places. Keep a few of their favourite toys nearby and have their bed or blanket they sleep on to hand so that they can be comforted by items they are familiar with.
These tips should help you to have a successful and happy move day with your pet.
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