/ / Make House Hunting a Little Easier with These Handy Moving Printables

Make House Hunting a Little Easier with These Handy Moving Printables

I haven’t talked much about moving since my announcement last month ( Coming Full Circle ) but Operation Moving Home is never far from my thoughts.  Part of me is happy that we’re taking things slow and I’m not rushing around like a mad woman like last time.  But another part of me longs to move things along a little more quickly.  Yesterday I actually found myself contemplating if I should put the clean towels  away in the linen closet or if I could get away with packing them away in the box that was, oh so teasingly, sitting right there.  The towels are safely in the linen closet and instead I turned that desire to move things along into a couple of moving printables that I can put into my Moving Binder when I start making one.  I kind of skipped ahead a few (or many) steps on my to-do list when I made these ones.  We’re nowhere near being ready for them, (despite the fact that we both check the housing market back home on a weekly basis lol) but when we are ready to begin house hunting these printables are going to make that job a little bit easier.

Make house hunting a little easier with these handy moving printables

House hunting can be tough, and to be perfectly honest, it’s not high up on my favourite parts of moving list.  (Yes I have a list for that.)  As renters the pressure to pick just the right home isn’t as high as it would be if we were buying, but we still try to take care in our selection.  The last thing we want to do is have to turn around and move again right after unpacking.  Whether you’re buying or renting, these handy moving printables should help make your house hunt a little bit easier.

House Hunting – 2 Moving Printables

Just because we’re not ready to start packing, doesn’t mean we haven’t been spending a fair amount of time on our plans, and part of that is figuring out what we need in our next home.  I am a bit of dreamer, so I know that I need to have a list of practical must haves that I can use to focus my search, but I also like to keep a wish list of sorts close by too.  Sometimes there are things you’re will to trade off for something else.  Such as, converting one giant room into two bedrooms, or creating a home office in the kitchen.  Having all those things written down in one place can make house hunting a little easier.  Doesn’t check all my must haves, it’s not a home for us.  So with that in mind I whipped a simple House Hunting Shopping List printable.

Whether you're buying or renting, finding a home in your price range that ticks all of your wishlist boxes might be tough. Use this house hunting shopping list to help keep your expectations realistic

A place for must haves and room for a wish list, as well as place to make some notes.  This could include:

  • neighborhoods you want to be in
  • how much work you’re will to put into making a home fit your needs
  • questions you want to remember to ask
  • a reminder to check how close the schools are,

I’m sure you could list a hundred other things you might add, but you get the point.  Using this moving printable gets all those items out of your head and into one place. The nice part is, you and spouse can fill this out together so that you both know you’re on the same page.  Or maybe you’re having trouble agreeing?  It happens.  You could each fill one out and compare them and look for compromises.  If you work with a list of what you need and want you’ll be able to really zero in your search on homes that will suit you.  Then you can use the next printable to help you compare the possibilities.

The House Hunting Home Evaluation printable is great for helping evaluate a possible future home. Keep the specs of the home together will your thoughts and concerns so you can make an informed decision.

If there is one I’ve learned in all the moves we’ve done is that I need someway to keep track of all the possible homes we look at.  That’s where this moving printable comes in.  The Home Evaluation printable helps you do just that – evaluate a possible home.  At the top there’s room for the address and the contact person and their number.  Under that is a simple table to keep track of things like

  • how many rooms or if it even has certain rooms or areas
  • thoughts on space of the room – you could measure if you want too, I just put small, ok, average
  • condition of the room- this is more for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.  Are they going to need updating?  Do they need some serious work?  Are the walls falling down?  (though falling down walls should be a BIG red flag)
  • storage – because storage is important.  Are the closets in the bedrooms a good size?  Do the bathrooms have adequate storage?  Is the kitchen low on cupboard space?

Beside that is a space to keep track of the extra stuff, such as are appliance included and what additional fees are there?  Is there a strata or some weird HOA dues you need to pay?  I also included a spot to jot down travel times to frequent destinations like work, school and shopping.  While not totally importantly, these little details could help set one home over another.

And finally room to jot down thought and impressions, so that you have them later to reference, and more importantly room to note any questions or concerns you would like to discuss with the seller or landlord.  That way you won’t forget.  Once you’re all done taking a look at the home give it a rating out of 10 for whether or not it fits what you’re looking for.

House hunting is only one small part of the moving process, but it’s a rather important part. Spending a little time thinking about what you need and want in your next home is a must for anyone moving. If you’re in the process of moving, or will be moving in the future hopefully you find these helpful and I wish you all the best in your move.  I can’t wait to start sharing a few more moving printables around here.  Stay tuned, because more will be on the way.

Now, I’m going to go fill out my copy of the first and day-dream a little about when I get to start using the second.

Make your house hunting a little easier with these handing moving printables. Keep track of your house requirements and wish list on one, and thoughts and concerns about potential new homes on the other.

 

Are you planning a move?  What other sort of printables do you think would be helpful to have when moving?

~Happy Printing!~

Similar Posts

8 Comments

  1. What a great idea! I love these! Thank you so much for sharing, this is going to be such a huge help in keeping my head noise at a low during this move.

    1. I’m happy to hear that the printables might be a help to you Bella. Moving can be a crazy stressful time! I wish you all the best in your move.

  2. I really must comment to say THANK YOU. I too am a “scattered squirrel” and I believe that the biggest lie we tell ourselves is, “I don’t need to write it down, I’ll remember it.”
    In fact, my message notification on my phone yells out “Squirrel!”
    I get easily distracted, forget why I’m holding something, what I’m saying in mid-sentence, what I went to the store for – and so you can only imagine what moving is like! Your printouts are awesome!! I love lists and am forever making up multiple notes on smaller notebooks so that I don’t forget things and so I love the idea of having a binder to keep all of my relevant moving information together. I am a bit of a control person/perfectionist when it comes to my things. Some mild OCD. For example, my spices are in Tupperware and in alphabetical order, when we were first married, my husband would turn one backwards just to see how long it would take me to notice. You get the picture.
    So moving, my anxiety hits a 10: My illusion of control quickly breaks and I find it hard to think in all the mess.
    Your binder has been my constant companion. I just keep checking back – even the same pages over and over. It just helps keep me on track that I haven’t missed anything. You really have thought of everything.
    I have all the information I need right at my fingertips. Like I said before, I love lists – this gives me plenty and all at the right time. Right now I am going to look at some houses and I just love the layout of that sheet. I didn’t like the others I saw anywhere else.
    And, thanks to your wonderful binder and thoughtful pages I won’t have to stress too much before during or after because you put so much thought behind every stage.
    Very Sincerely,

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Hi Tracy, I completely understand where you are coming from. Moving can be so stressful at the best of times, but for those of us who feel scattered it can be so overwhelming. I’m so happy that you’re finding the moving printables helpful and that they’re helping bring a little bit of a peace of mind to your move. They really helped us during our last move – especially after the accident. Knowing I had all the information on hand took a load of stress off me.

      I wish you all the best with your move!

  3. How do I print these? We are at the very beginning of our journey and I already need help!

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      Hi Melvina, to print the printables all you need to do is click on the image of the pages you need and it will open up the PDF version that you can download or print. Best wishes for a safe and smooth move.

  4. Thank you for sharing these. The House Hunting Home Evaluation printable is exactly what I need right now. Looking for homes in an unfamiliar area where a good school district is essential.

    1. ScatteredSquirrel says:

      I’m so happy that you’re finding that helpful Kimberly. It was a life saver for us a few times. Especially, when the last few moves we’ve done my husband has had to do the house hunting on his own. Having those sheets helps make sure we were both on the same page. I hope they help you just as much as they did us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *