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Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Take The Stress Away From Moving Home

Moving home can be one of the biggest upheavals any one of us can face. Not to mention the most expensive purchases we can make in our lifetime. But moving home can often provide us with many different possibilities. Experiences in living in different places, and the chance to make new friends and change our lifestyles. However, there is no hiding from the fact that it is completely stressful. So as summer seems to be a popular time for people to think about or even move house, I thought I would share my top tips to help take the stress out of the situation. I hope it helps you in the future.

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Pack specifically for each new room in your home

Packing up your existing home may feel daunting, but unpacking is a whole new ball game. Especially if you have a different layout or different rooms to consider. This is why it’s important to pack up your old home with your new home as your focus. This means that unpacking will be easier and more organised, as will unloading and putting boxes into your new place. Make sure you clearly label any boxes and furniture with new home rooms, to ensure there is no confusion at the other end.

Pack an emergency box for when you arrive

Moving house isn’t normally done in a day. Of course, you may get there, but the unpacking can take further days and even weeks to complete. However, there are things you will need more or less straight away, so it’s important to pack up an emergency box for when you arrive. Include a change of clothes, toilet paper, a kettle, a toaster maybe. Some mugs and plates to eat and drink from during your first evening. Anything you think you might need for the first 24 hours, should be in these boxes. It makes it much easier rather than panicking looking through boxes in your new home.

Consider using a removal company for ease

With heavy furniture to move and a lot of boxes, you may want to consider the help of a removal service to do some of the hard work for you. Looking online will help you determine a local moving company to help you out. They can help transport large items of furniture safely, as well as help with some of the manual work like transporting boxes. This could be useful if you have children or family pets to look after during the moving process.

Take as much time as you can

It can feel overwhelming once you are in your new home and the urge to start unpacking everything can be huge. But try and take your time during this process. Once you are in, you have plenty of time to design your rooms, and ensure that you unpack things properly.

Remember to keep positive throughout the process

Finally, it is important to remain positive throughout the process f moving. Positive thinking can help elevate stress levels as you visualise everything going to plan, rather than facing problems.

I hope these tips help you take the stress out of moving home.

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Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys

Everything You Need To Do Before Handing In Your Keys

Getting ready to move home? If you are moving out of a rented apartment, you will need to make sure you do certain things so that you get your deposit back in full. Not sure you’ve done everything? Just make sure you can check everything off this complete checklist for moving out before you hand your keys back to the landlord!

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Contact All Utility Providers

About a month or so before you move out, you need to let all your utility providers know that you are going. You might be able to simply move your account over to your new address with some companies. However, with some, such as electricity and gas, you might be required to close your account completely and open a new one once you are in your new home.

Change Your Address On Documents And Contracts

As well as informing all your utilities, you will need to let a few other companies that you have updated your address. They will then be able to change your address on many official contracts and documents. For example, your bank is one of the first organizations you tell and then they can change your address for all your banking. Remember to get your address changed on your driving license and inform your employer.

Clean Your Old Apartment

Before you leave your old apartment, you need to clean it so that it is in the same condition in which you found it. If it is messy or dirty, then there is no way you will be getting your deposit back! That’s because your landlord has the right to use the money from the deposit to clean the apartment. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you might want to use the Whizz exit cleaner service. You can then be confident that the apartment has been cleaned up to a professional standard.

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Fill Out The Inventory

You will have probably had to fill in an inventory when you first moved into the apartment. This will just have been a list of different household items and furniture, and you will have had to tick off all the ones in the flat. You now have to revisit the list and tick all the items that are still in the flat. If there are any pieces of furniture or appliances that are now missing or broken, your landlord might use money from your deposit to replace them for the next tenants.

Clear Out The Entire Flat

It’s a good idea to remove everything from the flat, even items that you might think the next tenants might find useful. That’s because your landlord might not realize you’ve left these for the next occupants, and they might remove them. If they do remove anything after you have left, they will be within their rights to charge you for the removal. So don’t expect to receive your deposit back in full!

Now that you have this complete checklist, you can get organized before moving day and handing the keys over!

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The Moving Home Manifesto!

The Moving Home Manifesto!

Moving home is never easy yet some people seem to thrive on the adrenaline rush of packing up all their belongings and heading to the other end of the country! Others, hate the prospect of relocation and do everything that they can stay put. Whichever category you fall into, there are some things that you simply have to consider when you are selecting your new home and arranging the move.

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Selecting the location of your new home.

There are several factors that you have to take into account when you are selecting your new home. The most important is location. Obviously, you want somewhere that looks and ‘feels’ nice and seems to be somewhere that you could fit in. However, there are several practical issues to bear in mind when you are making your decision.

You need to think about;

  • How far away is the new house from where you work? What is the traffic like at peak times and what are the public transport links like? Could you walk or cycle to work?
  • What are the local schools like? This is obviously vital if you have children already or are planning on having kids soon.
  • What are house prices doing in the area? If house prices are rising, this house could be an excellent investment. If they are falling, it could be a financial disaster.
  • What are the local amenities like? Where will you do your shopping? Where will you exercise and where will you socialise?

Take a few weeks to familiarise yourself with the area before you make any final decisions. Moving home is expensive and so you don’t want to do it too many times unless you really want to.

Getting ready to move

The day of the move is always going to be hard work but with the right help you can achieve it without too much stress. Select a professional firm like these movers who provide an all-round service. You can get help from them to de-clutter before you go. This can help with selling your house (it makes it look bigger) and gives you less to unpack at the other end. You can also use their storage facility to keep larger items that are getting in the way and get them delivered to your new home.

Start preparing to move several weeks before you actually have to go. Pack up all the things that you do not need regularly. The loft and the basement are the obvious places to start. You will be surprised by how much stuff you are willing to donate, give or throw away at this stage!

Organize your packing by room and label everything. You may not unpack all the boxes for several weeks after you arrive and you may need to find something in a hurry!

Once you have everything packed up in your trucks it is only polite to give the house a quick clean. After all, that’s what you will want to see when you arrive at your new house!

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Surviving Moving Day

Surviving Moving Day

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You may have been the happiest person in the world on the day you went to view your new home. Now that all the paperwork’s sorted out and the home’s waiting for your arrival, you’ve got something much less pleasant on the horizon: actually moving in! Moving house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever have to do as an adult, but following these handy survival tips can make all the difference…

Hire a Skip (or Two!)

The more stuff you have to move, the more it’s going to strain your nerves. There’s no point in carrying around items you don’t need, or even worse, paying a hefty removal company’s fee to move anything you really don’t want or need anymore. At some point in the weeks leading up to your move, hire a skip and have it placed outside your front door. This will make it easy for you to go through the house, chucking anything that you don’t want weighing you down when you actually come to move to the new place.

Get Help

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Looking to save money, a lot of people will simply hire a private van for the big day, and ask a couple of friends to help with all the loading and unloading. This can be a huge mistake. Hiring interstate removalists and other moving professionals can be expensive, but the fee will be well worth the amount of stress and hassle they save you. Just make sure you do your research, and ask your friends and family for their trusted recommendations. Some movers will do a rushed, half-hearted job and damage your possessions, and others will offer extra services which turn out to be one big waste of money. Some supposed movers are in fact just scammers with a clever front!

Hold onto the Essentials

While hiring professional movers can make life so much easier on the day of the big move, there are certain things you should pack personally, and keep in your own car. Bedding, cutlery, plates, along with nightwear and the toiletries you use before bed, should all be packed separately by you, and kept somewhere where you know you’ll be able to access them. Once you’ve got through the ordeal of moving and got those last boxes over the threshold, you don’t want to be even more stressed as you tear open box after box, looking for the essentials.

Prioritise the Beds

As soon as your removals team arrive at the new place, the first thing you should get them to do is assemble the family’s beds, and make them sleepable. After all the carry-on that comes with moving house, when you find yourself totally drained of energy at the end of the day, the last thing you want to be doing is fiddling with bolts and hex keys while fighting to keep your eyes open! It’s usually a good idea to mention this to your removal company well in advance, as this will prevent any confusion and delays.

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Escape From The Homebuying Money Pit

Escape From The Homebuying Money Pit

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If you’re buying a home this year, I’d like to welcome you to the money pit. You might think that it’s easy to keep the costs of purchasing a home under control. Or, that you know exactly how much it’s going to cost and what you’ll need to pay, but boy are you wrong. There are hidden expenses, extra payments and unseen issues that you are blissfully unaware of right now. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I can help you climb out the pit so you can appreciating the buying dream.

Get The Price To The Floor

First things first, let’s make sure that you’re not paying more for the house that you want then you need to. You should be aiming for buying at the floor price. If you don’t know what this is it’s the absolutely minimum and owner will be willing to sell their property at. Bare in mind, most owners start the asking price nowhere near the floor. For instance, you might have a seller with a home that is being marketed at four hundred grand. What they won’t tell you is that they’d be willing to sell at three-fifty if you can cut out the hassle. There are multiple ways to get that floor asking price. One of the best ways is to go low and offer a great setup for the sale. For instance, cash up front is always something that sellers love to hear. Particularly, if they are trying to buy a new home fast.

Price Check Everything

You’re going to be purchasing a lot of different services when buying your new home. Moving teams are the classic examples because prices can vary dramatically. One company might charge you two thousand while another might offer the same service for nine hundred. You might think that a lower price means a poor service. But with local movers that’s not usually true. It all depends on their business model and how much they are able to save.

Careful Committing To Improvements

Once you buy the home, the fun really begins. A lot of owners find out that there’s more problems with the property than they thought. Usually, this is going to be true if you’re buying an older home. That’s why you should always get a thorough inspection. These days, homeowners tend to dodge inspections for two reasons. First, it gives time for another buyer to jump in and steal the property with a higher offer. Second, it’s an unnecessary expense if you can trust the seller. The big secret? You can never trust the seller. They will always be hiding something that would knock the property value down a peg or two so be cautious. The last thing you want is to buy a home only to find out the big bills have only just begun.

Take this advice and you won’t just be able to climb out of the money pit. Instead, you can avoid falling into it completely!

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Moving, Minus The Stress!

Moving, Minus The Stress!

So, you’ve crunched through all the math’s, spent hours scouring the market, and now you’re certain you’re going to move into a new place. Obviously, you’re going to be very excited about the big change on the horizon. However, between now and being able to relax in your new place, you’re going to have to jump a lot of stressful hurdles. Here are some tips for making your move that much easier.

Have a Purge

Let’s face it, we’re all a little materialistic. Pretty much anyone in a developed country is going to have certain things in their house which they really don’t want or need when it comes down to it, and yet hold onto anyway! One of the biggest stress factors of moving is having so much stuff to pack, so start mitigating this by having a big purge. Choose a date that’s coming up, and go through your house gathering everything you can get rid of, then sort them into three piles: sell, donate, and throw away. By carrying out a purge like this, you’ll take a huge amount of stress out of the overall moving process, and even make a little money while you’re at it!

Source Help Early

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Unless you happen to own a full-size removal truck, you’re going to need a little help getting all your stuff moved from A to B. Sure, it’s professional movers’ job to get you settled into your new place as quickly and easily as possible, and by and large they’ll do a good job of it. However, it’s also handy to have a trusted friend around on the big day to help you out. Aside from two heads, and two pairs of hands, always being better than one, simply having them around will take some of the stress out of the move, and make the whole thing more bearable. It’s also a good idea to contact any kind of auxiliary services you may want to use. Private house cleaners, full service storage and so on can be a big help, but you should start looking early to get the best prices.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

I’m not going to lie to you; no matter how much you try to avoid it, your move is going to be at least a little bit stressful. One of the best things you can do to mitigate this stress is giving yourself plenty of time to pack and organize, and simply taking things easy for one or two days before you actually move in. From the moment you know you’re going to move, you should start packing, organizing house cleaning, decluttering and so on. This will make it easier to spread all the work out, and tackle the whole thing in small, manageable bites. Immediately before the move, take a day off, and do something that always manages to get you zenned-out. This will ensure that you’re nice and refreshed in the morning, inspire a positive attitude, and minimize the chances of any furious outbursts!

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Making A to B Easy: How To Banish Moving Woes

Making A to B Easy: How To Banish Moving Woes

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So, you’re moving into a new property. This experience can differ from person to person. People moving into their first property probably have fewer belongings to take with them and will have a much easier time of things. If you have children and have lived in your home for over a decade, you’re likely to have a harder time of it. But, there are certain things that almost everyone experiences when moving home. There are ways to avoid these things and make life easier for yourself. Here are a few examples.

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Packing

Packing is probably going to be the longest part of your moving process. It takes a long time to get all of your belongings packed up in boxes. This stress of this part is fairly unavoidable. But there are certain hacks that will make things a little easier for you when you’re unpacking. Don’t bother taking all of your clothes off of their hangers, instead, keep them on their hangers and slide them straight into a bin liner. The liner will protect your clothes and can just be pulled off as they’re hung in the wardrobe in your new home. Use suitcases for your heavier items; they will be easier to move on wheels with a handle. Pack with rhyme and reason: keep similar items in similar boxes. It just makes sense. Then you can unpack one room at a time. For example, kitchen first, bathroom second, bedroom third and so on. Also remember to pack a small bag with all of your essentials in, so you’re not searching through all of your belongings when you’re trying to get ready the next morning. Things that should go into this smaller bag can include toothbrushes, makeup, hair tools, underwear, socks and a couple of outfits.

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Moving

So, it’s moving day. The time has come to actually get the move done and dusted. But do you really want to drive back and forth between your old home and new home? Multiple trips carting things between properties can be exhausting. What’s more? It takes up more than energy; it takes up time and money. If you have larger objects to transport from A to B, bring in a professional who specializes in furniture removals. This alone will make life so much easier for you. These people can transport the big things to your new property. They will load it out of the van and even help you to navigate it up flights of stairs. This could potentially be the hardest or easiest part of your move, so it is definitely worth paying out a little and saving yourself a whole lot of stress.

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Unpacking

So you’re finally into your new home. It’s time to start making it feel like your own. But hold your horses before you start unpacking everything at once. If you’re going to be decorating your rooms, it might be easier to paint the walls and ceilings while your belongings are still safe and secure in their boxes. When you do start unpacking, take it one room at a time. It’s easier to do this than to jump from one room to another.

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