There is no doubt that moving house can be a challenging time because of the myriad of tasks to complete. However if you follow certain rules you will find the process much, much easier. There is a definite knack to moving house that can help you feel calm and in control of the process. The first rule is to use the professionals. Always choose a qualified realtor who understands the likes and trends of the local market. In today`s difficult economic climate you want to ensure that you receive the best price for your property and this takes skilled negotiation, so select a firm that you feel is pro-active and able to get you the best deal possible. Secondly, organize your removal firm as far in advance as possible, so that you get your first choice. You can save money by packing your belongings and the van yourself and then letting the professionals do the difficult part of driving it! Choose one of the moving companies that offer this flexible and cost-effective way of moving.
When it comes to budget, keep a track of quotes in a spreadsheet and update it regularly during the process. Next to the column for quotes have a column for the quotes plus 50 percent, which gives you a built-in safety net. Work with the figures in this column so that you feel confident that any unexpected costs can be absorbed, without causing you worry. People often find moving house stressful because they don`t anticipate costs increasing due to delays or difficulties, so be smart and be ready for this should it happen. Once you have moved you can use any of this excess money to treat yourself to a deluxe coffee machine or some lovely garden furniture, so either way, you win!
Remember to pack your belongings securely and wrap any delicate items in bubble wrap to protect them. Use other items, such as blankets or duvets, to cushion them within the box for extra protection. A common mistake is to concentrate so much on the removal boxes that you forget to take your pictures that are on the walls or include the rugs on your floor! So take a good look round when you think you have completed each room, just to double-check.
Use one box for everything you will need when you arrive at your dream house so that you can have easy access to all the essentials. You may want to include toothbrushes and toiletries, pajamas and dressing gowns, some towels, soap and shampoo. Moving house can be a hard physical job so it can be lovely to spend the first night in your house having a long, hot shower and then snuggling on the sofa with your loved ones. Those first few days are so exciting, don`t forget your camera to record those moments for posterity! You may want to pack a bottle of champagne and some sparkling juice for the children so that you can toast your dream home and the start of your new life and wonderful adventures. Enjoy yourselves and here`s to a future full of opportunities and happiness. Cheers!