Planning a house move in 2020? Let us help you.
Let’s face it, by this time of year most people’s New Year’s Resolutions have vanished in a Hogwarts-like puff of smoke.
Started a diet and stopped already? Check. Dry January lasted nearly a whole 10 days before a bottle of wine leapt into your hands? Double-Check. Gym membership already seeming like a waste of money? Triple-Check.
Most New Year’s Resolutions are made to be broken, with studies showing that one-quarter of all of us have abandoned our efforts within a week, while less that one in ten of us will make it to the end of the year.
But what if one of your New Year’s Resolutions was a bit more important than the usual ‘get fit, lose weight’ mantra that we all recite every New Year’s? If you’re planning a house move in 2020, let us help you.
Moving home is widely recognised as the most stressful event in our lives. It scores higher ‘stress rates’ than things like divorces or starting a new job. So how can you get to moving day with your sanity intact?!
We’ve made a ‘Things To Do When You’re Moving House’ Checklist for you to follow. So don’t leave anything to chance, make 2020 your best year, and make that move to your dream home go smoothly by following our simple guide.
Decluttering is essential to do every now and then, but it’s even more important before moving house. Before even attempting to pack, you should decide what to sell, donate or throw out. By decluttering, you’ll also keep your house removal costs down too. Spend more time throwing stuff out than packing – I mean, do you really need all that stuff anyway?!
This ties in nicely with your decluttering mission. You don’t need to keep everything from every room, so make a plan for what you’re keeping (and where it’s going)
and what you’re throwing out / selling on.
All the boxes. You’re going to need lots of packing materials, and it’s impossible to have too many boxes or too much duct tape at moving time. Try and get good quality materials – you don’t want boxes breaking and spilling stuff everywhere.
A good starting point is obviously rooms that you use the least. The spare bedroom, garage or attic are easy places to start.
All those fancy ornaments and delicate glassware will need extra layers of protection. Whether you go for acres of bubble wrap, or roomfulls of styrofoam packing peanuts, you’ll need some padding materials for your breakables.
Once you’ve decluttered your personal belongings and have a good idea of what you’ll be taking, then you should book your removals company. You could attempt to do it yourself, but it would be a lot of added stress and time. A removals firm will take all of that stress away from you. You can search for the British association of removers, or ask for recommendations on social media, once you’re planning to move so that your move is booked in early.
You should label boxes with the room it’s going to and a brief summary of what’s in the box so there’s no confusion when you’re unpacking.
How are you transporting your tank full of goldfish? Have you got enough crates for the cats? Have you got someone to help transport your dogs? Most removal companies don’t deal with pets, so you’ll need to make their arrangements separately. Plan early, and make sure you have a schedule for on the day and enough helpers to make it work.
Many people will forget about taking care of their council tax when moving house. If you’re moving to a new area, you’ll need to set up a new account. Check with your local authority for more details about your council tax band.
Many people will forget about updating the electoral roll, but it’s important for your credit file and obviously for you to be able to participate in local and national elections.
You’ll know your new home inside and out after your property survey, but what about the neighbourhood? Once the removal company is booked and you’ve started packing, go and spend the weekend in your new area, checking out the local pubs and shops.
It’s important to set up your utilities such as electric, water, gas and home insurance early when moving house. Not only will this save you a lot of stress once you’re moved in, but you will have more time to settle in and relax in your new home.
It’s a good idea to start changing your address with companies or organisations like the bank, the doctor’s surgery, the Vet’s, dentist etc at least 2 weeks before you move.
Even if you think you’ve notified every person and organisation/company that needs to know about your move, there’ll always be someone you’ve forgotten to tell.
The last thing you’ll need to do in your old house as you move out is clean it, and the first thing you’ll want to do in your new home is to make sure it’s up to your standard of cleanliness. So keep your hoover, mop, and all cleaning supplies separate and ready to go.
Likewise, let’s not forget what’s really the most important thing to do in your new house. Put that kettle on, and get a cup of tea made!
Just because your New Year’s Resolutions fail, doesn’t mean that your new year move to a new home will be a failure. A little planning and preparation goes a long way and will have you breezing through every aspect of your house move.