So, you’ve been hanging around waiting for
the contracts to exchange on your new house so you can set about moving.
Suddenly, you get a call from your solicitor to say it’s all done and you can
have the keys. A different stage of panic sets in! After a good number of weeks
sweating on whether the whole thing is going to fall through you now have the
keys to your new home.
All sorts of questions start to pop into
your head. How am I going to pack-up all this stuff? How do I get a removal
company? Who’s going to help with moving my pets? It’s really easy to get
your-self in a right old pickle. However, this article is here to help!
First of all calm down, this is a new and
exciting change in your life and you’ve probably just secured your new dream
home in a place you’ve always wanted to live. What you need is a nice cup of
tea and a sit-down with a notepad. Moving home is all about check lists.
- Start by writing down the most important
things that need doing first
What needs packing and what
How to get packing materials
Make sure I get the electric
and any other utilities cut-off
Get my post forwarded to the
Get a list (yes another one) of
all the people I need to write to so I can let them know my new address. With
this one it’s a good idea to get some labels. That way you only have to type
the letter once which will save loads of time. You can then do all the addresses
and print them together.
This is just an example of what your list
will start to look like. It will more than likely grow as you remember things
that need doing. The trick is to keep it to hand at all times so the minute you
think of something you can write it down.
The other thing you should do is make sure
you know what dates you need to have tasks completed by. Packing isn’t the only
aspect of moving home. As seen above there are a good number of other tasks
that need completing as well. Get a calendar that’s dedicated to your move and
use it note down when your deadlines are.
Another thing to consider is budget….don’t
let this get out of hand! For instance, when you’re looking for a removal
company don’t just choose the first one you come across. Instead, get a few
quotes so you can compare prices and don’t think “cheapest is always best”,
this isn’t the case. You need to decide on the level of service you need and
what sort of reputation the company has. By the way, if you're a bit stuck on where to start with this, take a look here http://www.theroadahead.co.uk/getaquote.aspx
You also need to think about what you’re
going to take with you when you move. Now is the time for a good old clear out,
and be ruthless! If you take belongings you don’t really need this will raise
the cost of the removal overall. Instead, have a car boot sale and make some
extra cash from the things you don’t need.
If you follow some of the advice given
here, your move should go without a hitch and you’ll be settled in your new
home before you know it!