Things to Consider Before You Move Home

Jax Hudur

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I have moved homes four times in the last five years, of which one was a continental job relocation. I hate moving. Yes, hate is a strong feeling but there it is, I have said it. Even the excitement of moving to a new place cannot dampen my passion for not moving. Everything goes awry for me whenever we move. The biggest issue is that I have a large collection of perfumes and fountain pen ink and no matter how much I wrap them or take the extra measure of securing them, something always breaks. It is worse when that happens on a carpet which for some reason is always the case.

This piece was all started by a 2016 Invoice I have found. It was from the movers. There is not much data on how frequent folks in the UK move. Some research indicates that 60 percent of adults have lived in the same house for more than 15 years and that is where I stopped! How fortunate for them I thought.

What do you do when moving home? How do you prepare? I will share what I have learned the hard way.

Do not rely on Family and friends.

Nothing gets done besides banter and jokes. There are of course serious folks who get things done but, in my experience, the few times I had help from my loved ones involved frequent café stops and fun.

If you have moved at least once and I am sure you did, you will agree that describing moving home fun is an insane notion, an oxymoron if you like. But you cannot dictate terms lest you come across as arrogant or ungrateful. Usually one takes upon themselves to not offend anyone. So whatever is suggested you tend to just nod and go along with it. In the meantime, you run out of time.

Moving everything at once.

Only you know how to arrange or where to put what. It may even take a couple of rearranging to get the right stuff to the right place. Measure, plan and sketch where everything should go before moving anything. I remember when my wife and I had to move a heavy sofa a couple of times to get a position she was happy with. It ended up with me making a trip to the chiropractor.

Give yourself time and prepare in advance.

The ideal move is where I move everything else and save the furniture for last. Even though I still managed to break somethings, it was by far the easiest move we have ever done. We had already deep cleaned the new place and set up the shelves. We started with all our fragile items, followed by the fridge and the cooker. In three days, everything was in place, and on the fourth day, we called the movers. They disassembled all the furniture and reassembled them in the new place exactly where we wanted them. The movers were way cheaper than the chiropractor!

Be considerate to your neighbors.

It is hard to believe that people will complain about the noise or being inconvenienced a little moving traffic. I had a complaint made against me to the landlord because we disrupted our neighbor’s peace.

Knock on their door, greet them, and politely introduce yourself as the new neighbor. Apologize to them in advance for the noise or the inconvenience you may cause. Most people are nice and will even offer help, but you never know. There are the occasional not so nice ones so watch out.

Key Points

Moving is stressful and even more so for large families. Proper planning and mapping your new home can save you time and energy.

Remember to:-

  • Clean the new place thoroughly before you move in (this may sound obvious but you would be surprised how often folks do not worry about such things)
  • Budget for the moving cost and costs that might arise such as repairs and fittings. Handymen don’t come cheap nowadays.
  • Make sure your heating, electricity, internet bills are up to date in your old home and that there are no outstanding debts in your new home by the previous tenant. Also visit the comparison websites for cheap energy suppliers.
  • If you have children make sure the garden is safe, if your new home has a garden.
  • Invest in movers. It is quick, reliable and a lot less chaotic.
  • Do not forget to introduce yourself to your neighbors.
  • Make sure your parking is sorted, unless you are blessed with driveway parking or a garage.
  • Get rid of things you do not need like old clothes, books, and appliances that you have no use for. Donate them or sell them on marketplaces.
  • Do not be hasty to buy new furniture especially if they are custom-made. I once jumped through hoops to have them returned and get refunded. Measure your bedroom, living room and do thorough research before you make a purchase.
  • Make sure that you have a guarantee of a hassle-free return for all your purchases. The 14/30 days they say you can return is not so straight forward. Read the fine prints. There are loopholes!
  • And finally, enjoy your new place.

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