Moving House for the First Time
Moving house for the first time can be daunting, not just emotionally but also financially and practically. Here are some top tips to help any first-time mover to make the process as smooth and as uncomplicated as possible.
Estimate the Expense
There are no two ways about it: moving house can be an expensive business. Whether you’re renting or buying, you’ll need to have a significant amount of money in advance of the big move. It’s crucial to work out what you’ll need to spend and when. This means writing a list, or better still a spreadsheet, showing expenditure such as rental deposits, inventory costs, mortgage fees, land search charges, solicitor’s fees and deposit. The list should also include any charges for utility or broadband connections, as well as moving costs.
Declutter & Pack in Advance
Sometimes we have to make a big move quickly, so packing can be a challenge. However, you can ease the process by decluttering your possessions as early as possible. Getting rid of items you no longer need will make the packing and moving process much simpler. Items in good condition are likely to be welcomed by a charity shop or, alternatively, you could make some cash to put towards moving costs by selling unwanted possessions at a car-boot sale.
If you are planning on doing your own packing, you should really start as early as possible. Out-of-season clothing is an easy win, as are books and infrequently used kitchen items. If you don’t already have suitable boxes or crates, you can buy packing kits online or ask your local supermarket if they could give you some spare cartons. Don’t forget newspaper for fragile items and packing tape to secure the boxes. Finally, remember to label each box with the name of its intended room in the new house and summary of the contents.
Finally, as soon as you know you’re moving, ask reputable removal companies, such as Coast Removals, for quotes.