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Did you know that moving home is one of the most stressful experiences that you can go through in your adult life? Oh and that’s not all, reports claim it’s one of the most expensive as well. Essentially then, when you move home, you’ll lose your hair, and you’ll be charged for it! That doesn’t seem very fair, does it? Thankfully, there are ways to make moving home a lot easier and a lot less stressful. We’re here to help you out with some great advice on dealing with issues like worrying you have left something behind to thinking that the old homeowners might still be able to access your property. But let’s kick things off by limiting how much you need to move and how much you’ll need to shift at once.
Cutting Your Moving Budget And Stress
When you move, you have to move everything in your old place to the new property. Or do you? Actually, there might be a few ways that you can cut down the amount of items that you need to move. Here’s how to do this. First, do think about whether there is any furniture that you have wanted to replace for a while and never got around to it. Perhaps, you’re tired of that dull, outdated sofa. Rather than dragging it to the new property, get rid of it now and make sure that you don’t get stuck with it for five more years. Don’t just stop there either.
One of the best ways to deal with this is to offer it to the buyer at a great price. This will add extra value to your home sale and a lot of buyers will love the idea of buying a sofa or some other piece of furniture. Particularly, if they are purchasing their first home because their budget will likely be more limited. Do think about this while you are looking around your new home as well. Consider whether your old furniture really fits here because if it doesn’t, then you don’t want to figure that out after you’ve paid an expensive moving fee.
Next, think about the attic, the garage, and the basement. You might have one or two of these places, and if you’re really unlucky, you have all three. You probably know that these areas are stuffed with products and items that you don’t want. They are essentially massive junk draws. You don’t want to move your junk to the new address. Instead, get rid of these unwanted items before you move.
No, before you even think it, you can’t leave the attic full of belongings. This isn’t The Conjuring, that doesn’t work in reality. You have to empty it, and besides, there’s probably things you want in that rubbish. So make sure you have a sort out and ideally, do this before you even sell or put the home on the market. Get a bin hire so that you can dump all the junk and get it taken away before you hire the movers.
Immediately, we have saved you time and money by cutting down on the number of products that you have to move, but there’s no need to stop there. You can also think about cutting your moval in half. Essentially, before you sell, you can put a lot of your property and belongings in storage, potentially close to your new home. This is great because it will make your home look more spacious and that’s exactly what buyers want to see. Then, you can move the rest when you actually relocate. The moval team will wonder where all your belongings are and you’ll save a fortune.
Pack By Room
There are a lot of theories and how you should pack and what system you should use to store all your belongings in those big cardboard boxes. You should pack by size, no use, no color! Actually, you should pack by room, and if you think about it, this does make a lot of sense. By packing by room, you will know what to expect when you’re unpacking each set of boxes. You know your home pretty well, and this will save you trouble when you are searching for something and can’t find it. Ah, the silverware? Well, that will be in the kitchen boxes, won’t it? Of course, you should also refrain from panicking until you have unpacked all the boxes. After all, that silverware could have also ended up in the dining room collection.
It’s worth writing a checklist too. While this can take time, it’s useful to have, and it’s not just for using. A checklist like this can be used for insurance purposes as well. So, if you ever have to deal with a fire on your property, heaven forbid, you’ll have a lovely list you can show to your insurance provider as proof of what was in the property and what you want reimbursed.
Once you have written the list, make sure you tick off items as you pack them away. Now, you might find yourself looking for something, check the list and discover, it was never on it! This will usually be because you have separated packing in different times or days and at one point, you forgot to continue that list. If you always make sure you’re using it, you’ll never lose anything, and if it’s not on the list, it wasn’t in the home which means it isn’t lost. Or, more likely it was lost a long, long time ago. This can be somewhat reassuring.
Issues With The Previous Owners
You might be worried about a couple of things with previous owners. First, what if they have left items in the home that are theirs? Perhaps they didn’t both to clean the stuff out of their attic? Are you legally responsible for this? Are you required to ship it to them at their new address? Nope, not at all. If someone leaves things in your home after they move out, their junk now belongs to you. Fun huh? Well, actually, it can be. Homeowners do this often because they don’t want to pay the removal costs, but don’t get annoyed. Have a look through, and you might find a few metaphorical golden nuggets suitable for selling on eBay. You can ditch the rest without a moment’s thought.
If you want extra peace of mind, contact them and ask them to come to remove these items or request they pay for a removal team to it. After a week of no movement on this, you can do whatever you want with these items that may have been left behind. Bare in mind this is quite rare. Most owners will clear out the home completely.
The other issue that you can have with a previous owner is that they still have access to the property. This is why one of your first steps, when you move in, should be to change the locks throughout the home. Do this, and you won’t need to worry about a previous owner coming back to have a nosy around your home. Once again, this is rare, but it’s understandable to be worried that someone has copied a key they gave to you. Changing the locks just provides you with extra security even if it does come at a little extra cost. You may also want to take this time to upgrade your exterior design with new doors if you have little extra money in the budget.
You will be using a lot of services when you move home including a lawyer and of course, a removal team. It’s worth shopping around for the best deals on the market here. This will allow you to greatly the cut the cost down and make sure that you are finding the best deal. Different companies can vary greatly in price, so it’s always worth checking around.
Do be wary of cutting the price too much though. For instance, some people do everything they can to avoid hiring a moval team completely. Instead, they hire their own van and move all the items and products themselves. This is incredibly stressful and dangerous. Imagine trying to move a washing machine into a van without the right support and expertise. Washing machines typically have slabs of concrete in the bottom of them. That’s right, you’ll literally be lifting concrete. Instead, it’s best to get a service that provides the best value for money without actually taking on the job yourself.
Of course, while you can’t always cut the cost, you can take it into account when you sell your home. Think about this when you select an asking price and when you are considering offers.
Ultimately, when you sell your home, you are king. You get to decide whether the price is right for you. Waiting for a higher offer can provide the money you need to comfortably pay for the extra bills that always come when you move home.
Take this advice and you can make home moving a lot easier and even more affordable.
Remember to keep on slaying,
See you next time xoxo
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