Moving can be daunting, but follow these logical steps for a smooth move
You are moving house!
It’s a big job!
Where do you start?
What do you do with all this STUFF?
Here are a few tips to get you moving — the longer you delay the more frantic the move becomes.
In addition, I was in a hurry and I also wanted a good price for my lovely old home.
Must you move in a hurry or do you have plenty of time?
What sort of price have you in mind — and if you don’t know — find out! This involves evaluations from several estate agents- never rely on one.
Which things are essential n your new home? Do you really want to take everything?
Are your bills up to date — this makes the final work run much more smoothly?
Do you have to find new jobs or new schools? This is the most likely factor in your choice of destination.
And there may be something that is important to you, and it is worth settling down, with a coffee perhaps, to check over this list and add to it if you need to.
You need help!
An estate agent to sell your property.
Sometime people spend money on alterations which actually decrease the value of their home — and sometimes a buyer may have very clear ideas on the décor they intend to have and have the skills to renovate it themselves.
In my case, my old house needed changing, as bedrooms had been used as craft and study centres and most buyers prefer to know where to put their beds!
Watch out for exclusivity deals — they can limit your choices.
And does the agent have a speciality? In my case, a speedy sale was their forte — and the choice was perfect for me. Others might be excellent for the upmarket sales and others for all-inclusive deals.
Choose a removal company
It’s good to involve them early in your planning, they may have invaluable advice. You can decide whether to ask them to be responsible for all the packing or whether to choose the cheaper option — DIY, in which case they may be able to sell you packing materials like boxes and tape which are the right size for the men to carry and sturdy enough to protect your goods.
Look at price, testimonials, efficiency, and politeness in response to your first contact. See what insurance cover they have, and get an idea of their experience. (I was moving abroad so this was a factor — I didn’t want Johnny-down-the-road with his van, although he would have offered a cheaper price).
If you have a special item which could be difficult to move — a grand piano comes to mind — find out whether they are specialists for such a valuable, awkward and fragile article.
Be nice to your neighbours
They will probably be affected by our move so it’s good to inform them, and rumour isn’t the best way! They may also be able to offer practical help, they may even be delighted to do so! I filled my kind neighbours paper recycling bin time after time after time and he never complained.
If you don’t need it — don’t pay for it to be removed!
Here you need to be ruthless and brutal — and honest. It is very unlikely you will actually miss anything you throw out.
Where to start
If you have an attic — start there. This will probably give you lots of practice in getting rid of junk! Just throw everything down — you will have to clear a passage-way at least to go to the bathroom and bed.
Hire a skip
We hired a skip and filled it twice over. Your local council will need to know for parking purposes.
This was especially useful for garden, shed and greenhouse items. You don’t need a spade if you won’t have a garden! Nor do you need a thousand plant pots. Just take what you will need, and get it sorted and packed early on in the process, as these items can be easy to overlook.
Make friends with the recycling people. They helped me empty my car boot time after time.
Get some (a lot of) free cardboard boxes from the local supermarket — and don’t worry when the people in Oxfam see you coming with yet another container and sigh. It’s all for a good cause.
Check that your eBay account is running smoothly, photograph the better things to sell and have them boxed-up near your computer. I labelled boxes from 1–24 and did them a few days at a time. What wasn’t sold went down to the long-suffering people in Oxfam. But it was quite a surprise how much I was able to sell.
You may find a charity like Age Concern or Impact Housing have a collection service for bulky items. I was able to dispose of several pieces of furniture this way — and also collect a couple of beds to transform the bedrooms back to their original purpose.
This is where your home becomes your property!
I hired a painter decorator to change the character of my home.
It became a tranquil place, with fresh paint (magnolia is usually the cheapest) a new stair carpet and, perhaps most important, clutter-free.
It made selling so much easier in my circumstances and the cost was well covered by the better price I obtained. This may not be the case for you though.
My property was ready for the selling, all I had left to do was the packing and the paper-work. And there is quite a lot of that — especially when you are moving abroad. But at least I had the time to do it as my house was ready for the new owners.
As the time came for the move the packing was done, the paperwork had been completed.
All I had left after the removal men had been was a small case with essential documents, a few books, the kettle and the cat.