As exciting as it is to move house, it can be an incredibly demanding experience. It costs a lot of money, takes a lot of time, and causes a lot of stress. Obviously, it’s worth it for the end goal of moving into a beautiful new home and creating a new life for you and your family, but the process is strenuous. It doesn’t have to be quite as expensive and difficult as you might imagine, however.
Here’s how you can make it easier:
Increase the value of your current home.
You should definitely aim to increase the value of your current home before you sell it. That way, you’ll make a bigger profit, and that’ll give you more money to put towards your move and renovating your new house. Small details can make a big difference. You might want to start moving out some of your personal belongings so that the house feels less personalised to the tastes of you and your family; this will attract buyers. It’ll also make your home feel more open and welcoming. You could look into self storage units. That might be a good place to store your possessions on a temporary basis. You should also consider landscaping (e.g. planting flowers and trees) to give your property curb appeal. That’ll make a good first impression.
Reduce your quote from the movers
Most households can’t move on their own so you’ll need to get some help. But as far as possible, you’ll want to aim to reduce your quote from the movers. You’re probably going to have to hire a removal company to help you transport your possessions from one house to the other, after all. But this doesn’t have to be as costly as you might currently imagine. You could start by decluttering your belongings to bring the price down. The fewer things there are to move, the lower the price will be. Plus, decluttering will give you a fresh start and a new home that’s nice and spacious. Make sure you do your research on a moving company to make sure you’re getting the best price and the best service for your money.
Obviously, everything we’ve mentioned so far will help you to plan ahead, but we’re not just talking about selling your old house and buying a new one. We’re not even talking about booking the movers or packing up all of your belongings. These are all unavoidable tasks that you have to complete before you can move house. If you really want to make the move cheap and easy then you need to plan ahead with regards to the things that many people forget until they’ve actually moved into the new place.
For starters, you might want to redirect your post via Royal Mail. It can take a while to change your address on all of the accounts you own; banks, shopping websites, government services, and all manner of companies probably have your old address. You don’t want important letters to be sent to your old house after you’ve moved. You should also make sure you set up a service with a new ISP before you move. Internet providers often take a few weeks to send out somebody to set up a connection to their service. It’s not always as simple as waiting for the router in the post. If you want to make sure you have WiFi as soon as you move in, set up your account and book an appointment several weeks before your moving date.
Finally, clear out your clutter, donate what you can, and sell your old mobile phones, gadgets, or whatever else you can for some extra cash. Compare their market values and find the best deal. Selling unwanted items and products will help you to declutter your stuff. The extra that you’ll earn can cover your other minimal expenses.