Ask anyone what is the most stressful project you can undertake, and the answer will probably be moving house. It is a complete change in your way of life for a few weeks at least. You spend time selling our own home, finding a new one and then there are so many arrangements to make. The stress involved in moving home is partly caused by outside agencies letting you down and not doing there job properly. Not laying your own plans down with military precision, however, can also play a big part in raising your blood pressure.
In this article, you will find a few hints and tips along with essentials you must not forget. We will assume that you have a buyer for your property and you have placed a bid on your new home. Now the stress begins.
1. You are going to need the help of a solicitor. Start ringing around and compare conveyancing solicitors quotes. You may possibly find a large variation in their prices. It is not always best practice to simply use the nearest one to you. A competent solicitor is essential to protect you from all of the legal pitfalls in your transaction.
2. Contact a few removal companies early on. They will come out and see you to assess your belongings and give you a quote. Using a company that advertises a one price fits all service may not be the best choice for you.
3. Start packing at least two weeks before you think you need to. You will be amazed at the amount of ‘stuff’ you own.This is, of course, unless you are using the packing services of the removal company. If you are packing your own belongings, the removal company will provide sturdy boxes or tea chests at a cost.
Don’t forget to dismantle the sheds and decide which garden plants you wish to take along with you. Those will have to be dug up on the day.
4. Check out the process you will need to follow when transferring the broadband internet supply to your new home. There may be a gap in the continuity of service so you need to know how long that will take.
5. If you have pets, it may be worthwhile checking out the local kennels or cattery. Do this well in advance and make a booking as necessary. Removing your pet for a few days during the moving process can stop you worrying about them.
6. Get the telephone numbers ready for your water, gas and electricity suppliers. You will need to give them readings on the day you leave your property. It is also a good idea to provide the readings from your new home when you get there. You may decide to switch suppliers to a more attractive deal during the process. This can be more complicated but is possible.
7. Checking out the local schools for your children may be something you did before you chose your new home. If not, give yourself plenty of time to do it well in advance of your move. Take the children with you if possible and register them in the new school. Moving is a stressful thing for children too.
You can never go into too much detail when making plans to move home. Each little job should be completed as early as possible and be put on a sheet in the form of a timeline. Then you can see at a glance how your plans are progressing.
You need the will to prepare and keep motivated. It’s easy when you know how.