A Complete Guide To Moving House
Finally. You have sold your house, the contracts are signed and you are well on your way to moving into your new home, hurrah! Now, the last step of the selling process, moving home.
When you finally finish crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s, you will be given a date that the house will be officially yours and the keys to unlocking your new kingdom. However, there are still a few more steps before you pass the finishing line, here is the complete guide to moving house provided by the property experts at The Property Buying Company:
Declutter your Belongings
When you saw this subtitle, you may of thought, eugh. However, it is crucial to declutter in order to move home successfully. Try to start this process as early as possible.
To effectively declutter, try making piles. One pile for items that are past their date and need to be thrown out. The second pile for objects that you may not need or use anymore but could be resold by a charity shop.
Once you have finally decluttered, not only will you have less things to pack up when it comes to moving out, but you will also save on costs if you choose to employ a removal team to move your things.
Deciding How To Move
Once you have managed to declutter items that you have accumulated from the past months or years, it’s now time to work out the logistics to your move. Planning is key to a less stressful moving day, especially if you have lots of furnishings moving with you.
The next step is to decide how you will move home. There are two main routes you can take for this, you can either, hire a van and move all your personal belongings in your own time. Or, you can hire a removal company that will move your items for you.
If you are needing a cheaper alternative, hiring a van and moving yourself is the sensible option. This will allow you to move at times that suit you and as quickly as possible.
However, if you can afford and want to, booking a removal company to do the bulk of the moving for you is always the easiest option. Try to choose a company with experience in carefully handling, loading and unpacking heavy objects.
So, you have started to declutter, the van is booked for the significant date, now it’s time to pack. Packing and unpacking items will be one of the most time-consuming processes you will have to encounter. However, if you start to pack early and create a strategy to packing, you can make what should be a tricky and tedious situation, easier.
Start off by labelling boxes and packing up areas of your home that are least used. Whether this is the garage, attic or spare room, making a start will ease the process. Try not to pack up items that you will need on the day of the move or beforehand. These may be daily essentials such as medication.
To keep track of where everything is, why not begin an inventory. This will allow you to know where everything is and stop you from losing any objects.
If you have managed to pack most of your possessions, a great way to stop yourself repeating is by keeping cupboard doors open. This will give you knowledge that you have already packed in certain areas and stop you from leaving anything behind.
Whilst you are packing and waiting to move, it would be useful to start arranging all your utility bills. You need to make sure you speak to all the companies you pay bills to about your change of address, such as the council that issues your tax, gas bills, home insurance and so on.
Preparing early with your utility bills will help relieve a lot of stress, give you time to sort other issues and stop you from paying extras.
Tensions may be high and it may seem a stressful day, although it will be over and done before you know it. When it comes to loading a van, start by loading the van up with bigger items first. However, only carry items and boxes on your own that you can manage. If the items are too heavy, try enlist help from a family member or friend.
Start To Update
If you haven’t already or if you have moved into a new area, start to update your address. Even if you have stayed within the same borough of your previous home, organisations and companies such as banks, dentists and doctors, need to know that you are moving or have moved. If you are able to, tell them before you move so if they can directly continue to get hold of you.