It can be a pain in the neck to move house. It’s hard enough to find a place that is affordable to rent or purchase. Then you have to pack up all your belongings and get distracted by all the nostalgia. Finally, unload everything and make it look good at the other end. It’s exhausting just to think about it.
These clever house-moving tips can make your life a lot easier and save you money.
While you are house hunting
1. Choose the right time
Moving house can be difficult and expensive. However, you can control when it happens. The London-based rental app Movebubble recommends that you avoid moving between April and October. This gives you plenty of time, but it is still possible to make it happen. You’ll find more renters looking for homes between November and March, which means that you will often find better deals, especially in December and the last two weeks of February.
2. Avoid Saturday house viewings
Movebubble says that this is because everyone does it. They advise that it becomes a cattle market and agents create an illusion of demand to pressure renters into making decisions, and compromise their budgets. If it has to be Saturday, try to get an appointment in the morning if you can.
3. If you are renting, look for new homes.
Why? The developer may have just spent a lot of money on the properties and doesn’t want them to sit empty. This is a great idea to use when you negotiate, as landlords will likely want them filled quickly.
4. You can visit the property at various times of the day
Particularly if you are unsure. Let me tell you a story: I once went flat-hunting one Tuesday lunchtime. The place looked amazing. It was so great that we made a PS1000 deposit on it. The area was very different when I returned there at 7 pm that day with my flatmates. Further Google searches revealed that the area was a council estate with a’murdermap’. There had been plenty of violence. Just weeks prior, the most recent murder had occurred. We tried our best to make it work and got our money back. The moral of this story? After one viewing, don’t leap of faith.
The actual move
5. Create a “first-night” box of essentials
Moving house can be exhausting, and I don’t know how many people are aware of this. It’s not what you want. You might lose your toothbrush, makeup remover, and pajamas. All the items you need right away should be packed in one box. Make sure you have it all ready for when you arrive at your new home. You will be glad you did.
6. Room color code boxes
It can be tedious and time-consuming to write the rooms on each of the six sides of each box. This will allow you to quickly see which boxes belong in each room: red in the kitchen and blue in the bedroom.
7. Chuck a lot of stuff
Moving house is a great way to get rid of all your stuff. You should be ruthless about it. The less you pack, you will have to unpack less. You don need that 5-year-old bikini with holes, even though it was your favorite.
8. Nab free boxes
If you buy large boxes in bulk, they can be very expensive. However, you can explore sites like Gumtree or talk to the workers at your local supermarket to find out if you can get some for free. As one store reminds us, every little bit helps.
9. Protect your china plates with foam plates
They are just right and you can slide a foam plate between each china plate to make sure they don’t break or chip.
10. You can also wear clothing to protect your delicates
Two birds with one stone? Wrap glassware and ceramics in your clothes, and you’ll be able to pack twice as fast.
11. Photograph your electronic device setups
How many wires are connected to the back of your TV? It looks like something from the Crystal Maze. You won’t find the instructions manual if you just want to relax and watch TV the first night in your new home. It’s easy to copy the device’s details by simply taking photos.
12. Do not unpack every drawer
Instead, wrap the entire thing in plastic. You can keep the furniture if you want it. You’ll need to empty the furniture if it doesn’t belong to you. If you can wrap sets of drawers so that they won’t open, you’ll be able to save a lot of time fiddling with their contents.
13. Bin bag-up your hanging clothes
Having to unhang, fold, and then rehang. You can simply arrange your clothes in groups on hangers and then move them in sections using bin bags. This is a much better solution.
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14. Move mid-week
Although it might take you a few extra days off, you are likely to get a better price from your removal company if you move house between Monday and Friday due to weekend moves being so popular.
15. Also, mid-month
People move around the 1 first month to make the most of their previous tenants. You could also move it forward or back by one week to save money on sutherland shire removals.
16. For easy lifting, make holes in the boxes.
Iron Man could make you a strong man, but your back would still hurt from all the lifting and bending involved in a house move. By making little triangle-shaped holes in each box’s sides, you can ease the lift and not end up hunched over for four days.