We have been here in our new house for 4 months now. Time has gone so much quicker than I anticipated. There are still boxes to unpack and pictures to be put up, but we are in. That was the most important thing for us. We have decided it’s our forever home, well unless we win the lottery!
It’s in the perfect location for both our jobs. Close to the town but not right in the town like our last house. There is a primary school across the road which will come in very handy in the next few years. Plus we are lucky to have a small park, village hall, post office, and local shop. It’s the perfect village life.
Moving house isn’t easy though.
In fact, they say it’s more stressful than having a baby. From personal experience, I can agree.
The first time we moved 7 years ago was into our first home. No chain involved. We moved into a new build so everything was brand new. We just plopped our stuff down, unpacked, and then got on with our lives. We did live without a sofa for 6 weeks but that was part of the fun.
Here are my top 5 tips on making your house move easier – with of course a toddler in tow!
I cannot stress this enough. Because we put our name down for the new house nearly a year before it would be ready. We had lots of time to get organised. Our new house was due to be ready in August, so we were advised to put our house on the market in February. Little did we know the new house was brought forward to June. We had quite a few viewings but none turned into offers. It was now nearly Easter so the middle of April and I was panicking. If we hadn’t got an offer on our house soon the developers would have to release our much-wanted house to the open market.
Luckily we had an offer just in the nick of time. My stress levels were at an all-time high. But now finally luck was coming our way.
Now we had to go through tons and tons of paperwork. Our solicitors were fantastic. I was constantly on the phone with questions and they were happy to accommodate. We pushed for a completion date of the 30th June and the call came through the day before at 3pm saying we were moving the next day!
I’m extremely grateful for all the organising my husband and I did with the removal company. We booked the 30th as a provisional date and had the backup option of putting our stuff into storage if anything happened unforeseen. It’s good to have an option for moving in Canterbury if you need to.
Luckily. we had the whole house packed up. This had been going on for weeks. We put everything into the dining room try and keep the house as normal as possible for baby girl. Top tip! Don’t pack all of your children’s stuff straight away, leave them until last.
Have a Reputable Removal Company
We couldn’t have done any of this without an amazing removal company, who was with us every step of the way. So my piece of advice would be to use a website like Shiply to get a head start on your move. With Shiply you get a load of quotes from rated transporters. You read through previous customer comments and feedback then pick the right one for you.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items Before You Move
Having an eBay clear out, carboot sale and a few trips to the rubbish tip are great ways to clear out unwanted items. You don’t want to be taking lots of clutter with you to your new home. I wish we had more of a clear out than we did.
I had plenty of sharpies for labelling all the boxes of what was in them and which room they were going to. This made unpacking so much easier. Especially with baby girls things. Keep a separate box for the kettle and mugs and keep this you, so when you get to the new house a cuppa will be most welcome for all.
Keep Cleaning Items Aside
After the movers cleared each room, I was in there with the hoover and duster cleaning each room. It still amazes me how much dirt accumulated in hard to reach places when the rooms were emptied. The last thing the movers took was my trusty hoover. It meant a lot to me to leave the house as clean as possible for the new family who bought the house.
I hope you have found these 5 tips on making your house move easier useful.
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