How to make moving into a new home as stress-free as possible
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How to make moving into a new home as stress-free as possible

Moving into a new home is incredibly stressful for the majority of us, but it doesn’t have to be. This guide will walk you through the entire process and advise you on how to make your move as stress-free as possible. Why not print this article and use it as a checklist? Here’s to the easiest move you’ve ever had!

Prepare for the move at least a month in advance

Much of the stress that is associated with moving is feeling like you’ve left everything to the last minute. You can eliminate most of this angst by getting the process started early and by spreading out the work over several weeks.

  • An audit of your home should be done a month or so in advance. Sort through your entire house from top to bottom and decide which of your possessions you’d like to keep, donate or throw away (hint: be ruthless!)
  • If you plan on using one, begin to source your quotes for a number of different removal companies. Once you’re confident you’ve found the best deal, get yourself booked in. You’ll take great reassurance from knowing that this element of the move is all taken care of.
  • Begin to make your way through your cupboards full of food and only buy new food if you absolutely can’t make do with what you’ve already got in.
  • Keep an eye out for used cardboard boxes that you can get for free from local shops. You’ll also want to purchase a couple of rolls of industrial tape.
  • Arrange transportation for your pets, if necessary. If you’re moving abroad you will need to get a Pet Passport.
  • Create a floor plan for your new home and assign a number to each room. Later you can label boxes with the corresponding number to keep everything organized.

A couple of weeks leading up to your move…

  • Start packing items that you won’t need between now and moving day. Label the boxes with their assigned number and set them aside.
  • Request a final bill from your utility providers and give them a forwarding address to send the last bill to. You should also notify your bank, post office etc of your change of address.
  • Transfer plants to containers more suitable for moving. Clean out decorative pots and pack them.
  • Clear and pack items from shelves, wall hangings and curtain rods as well as all other decorations from around the house.
  • If you’re taking it with you, defrost the freezer several days prior to the move. Drain water from fountains and any other items that carry water and give them a few days to dry out.
  • Set aside the items you’ll need for moving day and begin packing everything else. Try to keep boxes with corresponding numbers together.
  • Disassemble furniture the night before moving. Keep all screws and tools packed together and labelled correctly.

Moving Day

  • Provide directions and a spare key for your new home to removals staff and give them a copy of the numbered floor plan you created.
  • Do one final check of your home to make sure nothing gets left behind. Turn off any necessary utilities. Give your key to the landlord or estate agent.

Enjoy your new home!

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Top tips for a house buying novice
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Top tips for a house buying novice

We all know the expense of buying your first home, and now more than ever it’s publicised just how much of a struggle it can be to take that first step on the house buying ladder. Whilst saving for a deposit and taking out a mortgage will be the main money worry you associate with the process, there are a number of other costs that you’ll be required to fork out for. If you’re unaware when it comes to some of the ‘hidden costs’, check out our guide below.

Mortgage arrangement and valuation fees

When arranging and applying for a mortgage, there are some additional fees that will be applied on top of your mortgage amount. Arrangement and valuation fees can vary in cost, in most cases being anything from £0 to £2,000. Whilst is can be added onto the overall amount of your mortgage, it will add to the overall amount you owe, whilst also potentially impacting on your interest payments.

Stamp Duty

Whilst Stamp duty has been altered of late, it will still be a major outgoing that you’ll need to budget for when house hunting. Put simply, stamp duty is a lump-sum payment that anyone buying a property or land costing more than a set amount is required to pay. The total amount that you’ll pay varies based on the value and type of property

Survey cost

Upon acceptance of your offer on any home, you’ll now need to have a survey carried out. Costing anything between £400 and £700, a survey can prove to be a costly expenditure, however they are crucial to find out about the condition of the building and, if there are problems, give you leverage for negotiating the buying price down or pulling out of the deal altogether.

Removal costs

Just because you’re moving into your very first home, doesn’t mean that you haven’t got a short lifetime of possessions that you’ll need to transport to your new place. Transporting items on your big day can prove to be a real headache, so if you want to keep fuss to a minimum, hiring a professional, quality removals provider can be one avenue open to you. Shop around, and pick a service well suited to your situational and budgetary needs.

Initial furnishing and decorating costs

Moving into your home should be a fun and exciting time, but one of the most enjoyable aspects of the move comes when you get to put your personal stamp on your new place. Decorating might not be the first thing you choose to do upon arriving, however over the coming months, you’ll need to get your house kitted out and to your liking, meaning you ought to begin budgeting for new furniture and accessories plenty in advance.

Home insurance

You might think that home insurance is something to look into once you’ve arrived at your new property, however it’s crucial that buyers always search out home insurance quotes prior to securing a property. It’s an important step to take early in the process, as it could potentially flag up issues with the property, such as a suspect neighbourhood, or the property being in an area at high risk of flooding. As is often the case when it comes to insurance, make sure that you shop around to make sure that you not only find the most relevant cover for your new property, but also the best price.

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When should I plan my move?

When should I plan my move?

No matter what day, week or month you decide to make your move, relocating is a stressful experience for all those who are involved. If you’re currently in the midst of a transition into your very first home, you might feel lost, so in order to allow yourself the best possible transition, timing is a key factor to consider in your plans. In order to help you with your move, we’ve put together a few tips, to help ensure you experience as smooth a transition as possible into your very first home.

Time of The Day

Moving house can be a very time-enduring process, particularly if you’re moving a considerable distance. Therefore, when it comes to the best time of day for you to begin your move, the earlier the better. By moving at the crack of dawn, you allow yourself more time to complete your move, unpack and settle into your new home.

Mid-Week

The majority of people moving house tend to do so on weekends. Whilst weekends are more conveniently suited for your working hours, it also means that moving companies are at their busiest time of the week. Therefore, in order to allow yourself the most available resources with the most available amount of time, it’s advised to make your move between Monday – Thursday. This allows you to relax and not feel any pressure from outside influences.

Seasons

Moving house in the cold winter months may not appear to be the most appealing time of year. However, this also means that very few people decide to make their move during the colder seasons. Therefore, this allows you to have full focus of your moving companies to suit your needs and still be settled into your home for the New Year.

Holidays

Statistics show that it’s best not to move house around busy periods of the year, such as Christmas and New Years. Moving house around the holiday period is often more expensive and rushed. Due to the harsh weather conditions there is also a higher likelihood of damages. Therefore, in order to make your move more beneficial to you, you will find that it is best to move during late spring to early summer.

Children

Timing is not the only factor to consider when moving house. Moving is a stressful experience, perhaps even more so when children are involved. However, in order to move at the most convenient time to suit your children as well as yourself, early summer appears to be the best. With six weeks of school holidays, your children are given the time they need in order to settle into their new home and neighbourhood with little distractions or interruptions.

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Top five apps to ease your house move
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Top five apps to ease your house move

When you’re moving home, it’s often the case that you’ll take any help and assistance you can get. Whether you’re doing it all for the very first time, or are becoming a seasoned pro of the house moving game, these smartphone apps are the perfect assistance in what is undoubtedly going to be one of the busiest periods of your life.

 

Rightmove

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If you’re at the very beginning of your house search, then it’s well worth downloading the Rightmove app. As the UK’s most popular property listing website, Rightmove boasts more than 49,000 commercial properties and homes for sale and to rent across the entire UK.

With quick and easy phone access, you can now easily search for your dream place, whilst tightly filtering your results to keep the homes you search within your price range and ideal location. What’s more, you can customise your search to only show results within a certain size bracket, neighbourhood, public transport route, postcode and more.

 

Crime Map: England and Wales

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It’s one of the defining factors when it comes to searching for a property, so it’s well worth having this knowledge of the area in the palm of your hand. If you place high importance on the safety of an area, something which is especially important if you’re moving with a young family, then it’s worth checking out the crime statistics of an area prior to beginning your house search.

Using the UK Police database to show statistics for a wide range of neighbourhoods, the England anad Wales Crime Map keeps you informed on everything within an area, from small crimes of theft to more violent crime. It’s a quick and easy app to check, and definitely one that will help you get the destination of your new home right.

 

Mapumental

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Whilst not strictly speaking an app for your phone, or even for your tablet, Mapumental is a website that has mobile functionality, and adds huge value to anyone who is considering a home move. Ease of travel is one aspect that can have a huge impact on your everyday life – nobody enjoys hours sat in rush hour traffic every morning and evening, so utilising tools like this, allow you to calculate the traffic on your commuter route, as well as examine the length of time a journey would take on public transport.

The Mapumental site allows you to ou search for properties based on how long it takes to travel from your prospective new home, to a point of interest – be it work, the nearest cinema or your favourite restaurants. However, instead of searching by distance, you search based on the time it will take for you to reach your destination of choice.

 

Around Me

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Whilst a quick move to the other side of town will likely not provide too much upheaval in your everyday life, moving to an entirely new city, region or even country can leave you starting from scratch, especially when it comes to getting to know your new neighbourhood. Whether you’re looking for the nearest independent café to grab your morning coffee at before the commute to work, or searching for your new favourite restaurant, Around Me provides a handy guide to your new local area.

 

UKMortgages

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Months before you’re faced with your hectic moving schedule, you’ll have another stressful period to navigate – the financial aspect of your move. Money and mortgages can easily confuse people, and if you haven’t been through the process before, it can be a wholly stressful time. To get the ball rolling when it comes to sourcing your mortgage provider, it’s well worth taking a look at the UKMortgages app. With regularly updated financial information, and the convenience of having updates sent straight to the palm of your hand, utilising this sartphone app will let you get a feel of what is available for you in the market, when it comes to your financial future.

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Key information for choosing a removal company
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Key information for choosing a removal company

Moving home is a big step, and likely to be one of the first large scale experiences of your adult life. Such a large event needs plenty of planning, to make sure your move goes through without a hiccup. If you’re unsure what process to go through when looking for a removal company ahead of moving day, here is our guide.

 

BAR

A key starting point is to ensure that your shortlist of candidates are members the British Association of Removers as it shows they’re willing to be held up to a minimum standard. BAR members have minimum standards of conduct for membership which will be in your interests such as legal, licensed vehicles, protection for your deposit and arbitration or free conciliation and in the unlikely event something goes wrong. Don’t run the risk and hire someone cheaper that isn’t going to leave you fully covered.

BAR membership means that removers should pride themselves on customer experience, so firms that don’t invest in holding themselves to high standards probably also lack the funds to invest in their vehicles. Poorly maintained, unlicensed or unsuitable vans are not only a hazard on the journey, but will not be a comfortable environment for your possessions.

They might seem like the cheap and cheerful option, but you’re opening yourself up to a whole world of potential disasters if you opt for the smaller, ‘man in a white van’ firms.

 

What do you need to know when choosing?

It’s important when researching firms to ensure you have all the information you require to make an informed decision. If you’re unsure what details you need to know, check out these key questions.

  • Insurance is key – make sure you know level and type of insurance cover is offered
  • As mentioned above, cover yourself by going with a BAR member
  • Check out the history of the company to make sure everything is in order.
  • With regards to your move, get timings, crew numbers etc.

These are the key questions that will give you a good feel for the company, however it’s also important that you use common sense to make an informed decision. The most important piece of advice is often to make sure that you feel reassured that the company will deal with your move effectively and efficiently.

 

Timings

We understand that with full time jobs, children to look after and other commitments, it can be tough to find time outside of the weekends in which you can carry out your move. However, if possible, avoid moving on a weekend – it’s a premium time to move and prices are costed accordingly, meaning that if you can carry out your move through the week, it will save you financially.


Preperations

You’ll likely think that the abundance of possessions in your home will turn your removal into a huge project, however over the years, you’re likely to have build up quite a collection of clutter and rubbish in your home. Use the move as a fresh start, it should provide you with an opportunity to have a major de-clutter and throw stuff away that you won’t require in your new home.

Do some pre, arranging, even if you do have a removal crew sorting everything on the day. If you’re boxing up yourself, make sure you do it in a logical order, packing like items together.

Finally, don’t forget to be thorough in areas used for storage, like garages, lofts and sheds. You’re likely to spend less time emptying them than you are indoors inside your home, so just make sure you’re vigilant in all areas and don’t miss anything vital. Don’t forget the loft and the shed – all sorts of horrors might be lurking for the unwary there.

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