Moving home is no easy task. If you’re about to undergo a house move, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier. Here are five top tips to help you on your way to a stress-free relocation.
Choose your removal company early
Perhaps the main thing to consider when moving lots of belongings is to hire a removal company who will take the weight off your shoulders – literally.
Find yourself a reputable company with a track record for successful removals and good online reviews. The last thing you want is for your prized possessions to be damaged in transit. You may need to choose a specialist removal company if you own items that are excessively large or delicate.
Don’t forget to ask for a valuation and shop around. There are many factors that will be taken into consideration when your move is being quoted for. Normally these include the size of your property, ease of access, number of items, and the number of team members that will be required to help you move successfully.
Declutter sooner rather than later
Don’t bin off this tip! Decluttering is important as it will save you time and money in the future. By decluttering early on, you will save time when it comes to packing, and more importantly, you will save money when it comes to getting a removals valuation as there will be fewer belongings to transport.
It’s best to declutter your home before putting it on the market. That way, your house will look its best for potential buyers and save you tidying excessively before each viewing. A decluttered house can look bigger – helping you to get a better price for your property.
Consider donating unwanted items to charity or friends and family if they are in good condition. If not, you can take them to the local recycling centre.
Tackle the paperwork
Sorry, but this must be done! Important documents should be kept and transported in a safe place to prevent them from being lost in the chaos. You will need to update your address on items like driving licences and other important documents to ensure you’re complying with legislation.
Paperwork relating to the property move will be handled by your solicitor and estate agent.
Organise your utilities
Another boring job, but an important one to complete your move. Take some photographs of your meter readings so you don’t forget them and inform your energy provider of your moving dates. If you’re deciding to transfer providers, be sure to notify them that you want to close your account.
Don’t forget to update the electoral register with your new address, as this is a requirement that can lead to fines for failure to comply.
Create a moving day survival kit
Gather some essential items to ensure you’re not missing something important on moving day. Snacks, phone chargers, paper towels, water and a trusty kettle are some of essentials to have handy when moving house.
Our final top tip for a stress-free move is selling with a trusted local estate agent. At Graham & Co, our expert team will make your property sale as smooth as possible. To find out more, contact the Graham & Co team today.