Have you moved home before? If so, then you know why we said it can be a walk in the park. To put it lightly, moving can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. With children in tow, it definitely becomes something of a minefield to try and navigate. But for all this stress that you might be feeling, the end goal is always worth it.
Plus, we really do think that moving can be a walk in the park, if you take your time and actually plan the process, and take in the experience. If you haven’t learned from your first move, we should be able to help you out slightly.
If this is to be your first move, then do let this introduction put you off. We’re sure that you’ve heard all of the rumors about a move, and you’ve probably booked a week or two off work to try and manage the process. Well, with that time off, and the great tips in this article lets try and make moving home a walk in the park for you.
What Do You Need To Buy?
This is not really one of the first things that you need to think about, but it’s definitely up there on the list of important things to do. Don’t spend your time getting bogged down with the legal side of things, and trying to sort your own house out, if you have one. You need to spend time doing a bit of shopping because particularly if this is your first move, you’re not going to have anything to put in it.
Most people spend their first few weeks in the home sitting on a blow-up sofa or chair in the living room because they don’t plan in advance. If you have a rough estimate of when your moving date is, start looking at online home stores to see if they have a delivery date available for a few days after. You want to try and allow a nice amount of extra time, just in case the home is not ready for you to move into when you first thought. Think of all the little things that you might need in the first few days.
You’ll need basic appliances such as a kettle, microwave, and cutlery. You obviously want to make sure you’ve got the bed delivered for the right day. There is nothing worse than having to deal with the stress of moving day, only to have to have to deal with sleeping on a blow-up bed for an unknown about of time. It doesn’t really scream comfort, does it!?
Apart from that, you could see if there are any people in your family that are contributing to your move. Whether it be through buying you little items or giving you money towards whatever you’re going to buy. If you ask your parents if they know if anyone is contributing, they should be the ones in the know. It might sound cheeky if you go and speak to all of your family members asking them if they’re contributing!
Sorting The Legal Side
The legal side of things is the worst part for most people. For one, it all just sounds like a lot of jargon that’s hard to understand. You’ve got people asking you to sign here, telling you contract agreements there, and taking a lot of your money. It can often feel like you’re slightly out of control at this stage, purely because you don’t have a clue what’s going on. So, our advice is to never sign anything that you haven’t been fully talked through, or read yourself. It’s so important to read the small print, as this is one of the most expensive agreements you’re ever going into.
If you ever feel like you don’t understand anything, always ask for some advice from your solicitor. We will warn you, however, that if you get a rubbish solicitor or mortgage advisor, for example, this will turn into a nightmare for you. The one area that people comment on that they struggle with the most, is the dealings they have with the legal side of things. Get some advice from people who you know have already moved house, and see if they know anyone who is trusted to get the job done properly for you.
Operation Pack Boxes
That’s right, packing the boxes and getting out of your old house is the next step in the process, and people actually find this the most entertaining and confusing part. If you’re moving from your own home, then you’re obviously going to have a lot of things to sort through, and it can be hard to decide what needs to go, and what needs to stay.
All we would suggest is that if you’re buying new items, don’t clog up your home. Let some of the items go, and save the space in your new home.
Not only that, but you’re going to have to hire a removalist to get things from your old home to your new, and that last thing you would want would be to charge extra because they’ve had to make two trips. If you are looking for an AFRA accredited removalist, there will be companies out there who can help you do it.
Hiring a moving company isn’t really expensive compared to the job they’re going to do for you, and you will find that you save a ton of time.
Last Minute Details
There are some last minute details that you’re going to need to a few days before you move in, and that’s sorting out your gas, electric, and water bills. The last thing you would want is to not be able to have any power in your own home!
Shop around and use comparison websites to make sure that you get the best deal. If it’s your first time moving into a home, you will find that a lot of companies have new customer deals, so it might be worth ringing a few of the companies up rather than the comparison website, as they’re not always shown on the internet.
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