Moving Home: Tips and Tricks
Moving into your first home is one of the most exciting processes you will ever go through in your life. It is the time where you can finally feel completely independent and really stand on your own two feet. Moving is also a very long, drawn out and often tedious process. If you need help on getting through, here are some tips:
Who to notify
There will be a list of different people you need to tell when you first move home. Because a lot of companies will rely on your address as a form of identification, you need to update them when things change. Some of the people you will need to inform are:
-Credit Card Company
Make sure that you arrange with your energy and internet providers to turn off your services in the current house and then connect at the new house. You could of course change providers if you want to try and find a better deal. Another thing you will need to redirect is your mail. Contact your mail provider and let them know, they will provide you with a redirection.
If you can’t remember everyone that you need to tell, or you simply don’t have the time to go through everyone and let them know of the move: you can use a website such as iammoving who will allow you to change your address details for thousands of companies for free.
Before you jump in with the first removal service you see: make sure to do your research and get yourself at least 3 quotes from reputable firms in the area. This will ensure that you can get the best deal possible but also be using a firm which is trusted in the area and less likely to steal from you or break your belongings in transit.
Really take the time to get to know the firms in your area. You are going to be handing them the responsibility of taking all of your possessions from one place to another, so you need to fully trust them before you hire. Find out how long they’ve been in business if they can provide references, and what size vans they can provide for your home.
Most reputable removal firms will provide you with insurance for your possessions in transit, so make sure that this is service they provide.
You could pack up the whole house yourself, but if you want to make your move and unpacking go much smoother; you can hire a professional to do it for you. It might seem like an unnecessary job- but it can really help you with the moving process. A company will come in and box things by room, by category and even label every box so that when you arrive at the new house you know where to put each box for unpacking.
Make sure that you measure all of your current furniture and then ask the vendor if you can visit the new house to measure up space. Your furniture might not be the biggest, but it is always worth making sure to check if it fits or not before you start moving things over. The last thing you want is to get to your new home and not be able to get the sofa into the house.
If you want to perform the move yourself, it would be handy to rent a van from a company such as Hertz. You will have access to the van for a few hours and you can rope in family members to help you move things across during that time. Have someone at the new house ready to bring things in and start unpacking, and people at the old house ready to help you load up the van. If you have a family member or friend who has a van then that’s even better. Just be aware that when you move your belongings yourself, you will not be covered for any breakages which happen in transit.
Once your offer on a property has been accepted, it is the perfect time to start having a clear out of everything you no longer want or need.l there is no point in taking everything over to the new house if you aren’t going to use half of it because it will cost you money to move. Instead, take a few weekend days to tackle one room at a time and get rid of any ornaments you no longer want, items you don’t use and things which are broken. You can then give to charity and take them to the tip. If you want to make yourself a bit of extra cash, you can list some of your old items on eBay for collection. This would be particularly helpful for your old furniture.
When you arrive at your new home, make sure that you give it a thorough clean before you start putting your furniture in there. You can hire a cleaning company if you like, or just get your family in to help you tackle the home. Make sure that you get the carpets cleaned thoroughly before you do anything else and leave them to dry overnight. Bleach the kitchen cupboards and surfaces and make sure you give the bathroom a good scrub. Once you have made sure everything is clean, you can start moving your furniture.
Before you leave your home, make sure that you leave instructions for all of the appliances or fittings which you leave there, and also for the bin collection, an energy company, alarm system, heating, keys for each door and anything else you have. Make sure that you ask the people who own your new home to do the same for you. If you are buying the home as a real estate investment at auction, you might have to ask the auctioneer to get in touch with the owner.
When you finally get to the day you are moving, you will need to make sure that you collect all spare keys from your family members and neighbors and compile them in the kitchen for the new owners. Change the locks on your new home just in case someone still has a set of keys for it. Sadly you are much more likely to be burgled within the first year of moving into a new home, so make sure that you get the proper security measures installed as quickly as possible.
Before you leave your empty home make sure that you give it a quick clean so that the new owners aren’t greeted with a huge mess. Get everything packed up into the removal trucks and make sure everything is labeled by room or color coded. Check ahead of time that you can park outside your new home with the removal van because often the road will be a little narrow.
Once you have got everything into the home and you can start to settle in, give yourself a time limit on unpacking everything in the house. It could be a few days or a few weeks depending on how busy you are, but you don’t want to leave it too late and end up with a spare room full of boxes months after you have moved into your home. The best way to do it is straight away and then you will get everything done and dusted quickly.
When you move in, try and introduce yourself to your neighbors. It will be good for you to start your new life in the area by speaking to those you will be living amongst, and you can also learn more about the community on the road and what the area is like.
Using a storage bin
If you work full time, 5 days a week and you don’t have much time to get everything moved across to your new home, you might need to rent out a storage bin for a few weeks. It is stressful moving home, so make things easier for yourself by putting things into a storage bin so that you don’t feel that sense of pressure when your buyers want to move into their new home. You can pack up boxes into categories and room such as kitchen: pots and pan, and then get everything transferred to the storage bin before your moving date. When you finally pick up the keys and have your home to yourself, you can then hire a van and get some family members to help you get everything moved across within a day. It might take a little bit longer than doing it with a removal service, and you will need to make more trips back and forth: but you’ll save yourself money and get everything into your home stress-free. Now you can enjoy your new family home, unpack and get settled into your new life!