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Getting (and Keeping) Your Home Ready to Show — Even with Kids

Most of the effort that goes into selling a house goes toward helping potential buyers envision themselves living in the space. Buyers need to be able to see the house for what it could be and the memories they could make in it. The more personalized it is to your tastes and lifestyle, the harder it will be to sell the house. Busy parents don’t have a lot of extra time to put into the sale of a house. Keeping that in mind, here are some tips that could make the process easier on you.

Getting Some Help

If you can make it fit within your budget, hiring a professional to stage your home can help. A home stager can assist you with lighting, arrange the furniture in an appealing way, and highlight the great attributes of your house. At the end of a professional stager’s stint in your house, buyers will be drawn in by the warmth, and the investment in the staging will pay off.

Professional stagers are not cheap but if you can afford a good home stager, your house will likely sell quicker and the stress will be taken off of you to figure out what buyers want to see.

Depersonalize Every Room

Some potential buyers may disagree with certain design choices yet still want to make the purchase. For instance, a chair in the wrong corner or a paint color they wouldn’t have chosen are things that they can overlook. There are other personal touches that can stand in the way of a buyer from being able to see themselves living in the house.

Some of the personalized touches that should be avoided are:

  • Family photographs
  • Clothes lying all over the room (with exception of the closet)
  • Certain pieces of art
  • Certain books
  • Diplomas
  • Trophies and awards
  • Too many knickknacks
  • Toys everywhere

Designated Spots

It’s easy for a house to fall into disarray; it can happen within a brief moment. To help you and your family to keep things organized and clutter-free, give everything a spot to fall.

Help your children keep their toys organized by having them choose the toys they love and use the most, with the caveat that it has to fit into one bin or basket. All the other toys can be packed and stored away until the big move. Giving each child one bin or basket is also beneficial in that when a showing happens it is easy for you and them to round up the toys and stash them away.

Use Creative Options

Potential buyers will scrounge through your closets and open drawers to get a feel for storage and space within the home. You want those areas to look as organized as possible, but you still need to live in your home and your family still needs to be able to function. Wherever possible, try adding some creative storage options to your home that not only will add to the design but also hide away your belongings in places buyers won’t look.

Here are some storage options that may work for you:

For a short period of time, while going through the process, selling a home can feel like a full-time job. Add on raising a family, careers, and daily responsibilities, it can get overwhelming if not prepared for. If possible, start by enlisting the help of a professional to stage your house. Then organize, give everything a place and use creative storage solutions. In no time, the stress of a sale and move will be but a distant memory.

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What You Should Check Before You Move Into a Rented Property

Moving into a rented property is exciting, but tenants shouldn’t be too hasty to put pen to paper. There are many aspects of the property and the rental agreement that should be assessed before shaking hands. Taking the time to consider these elements will ensure your new tenancy is legitimate, safe and within budget.

Council tax

Many people forget about council tax when calculating the price of their property, focusing solely on rent and bills. Council tax can be a considerable amount and could even push you outside of your budget if not taken into account.

Council tax rates vary across the country. The cost will depend on your area and property. Make sure you find out how much council tax will be before agreeing to rent the property.

Deposit

The deposit will usually be between one month to five weeks’ rent. It is often required together with the first month’s rent, so you’ll need to make sure you have the funds to pay what is essentially double your usual rent payment.

In addition, many letting agents ask for a holding deposit. This is usually equivalent to one week’s rent and is imposed to ensure you are a legitimate prospective buyer. The payment will usually be deducted from your first month’s rent.

Under English and Welsh law, any assured shorthold tenancy that started on or after 6 April 2007 must be put into a government registration scheme within 30 days. Ask your landlord/letting agent which scheme they are using. 

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Energy Efficiency

You should request the energy certificate of the property to check out its efficiency rating. A property with a low score may cost you more in bills. This should be factored into your budget.

A general rule is that the newer the property, the better the energy score, but this is not always the case. Your landlord/letting agents are required to provide you with the certificate. 

Damp and Mould

A house viewing is the perfect time to check for any damp or mould that may be present in the property. Damp and mould can be a serious health hazard — you might want to think twice about renting a property that could put your health at risk.

Lettings agents should not be showing properties with damp or mould problems. You should think twice before renting from letting agents that do.

Smoke alarms and CO detectors

A rented property must always have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms installed and working. Ask your landlord/lettings agent about these before you sign — it could mean a matter of life or death.
Simon Long Removals provide a range of removal services to facilitate a smooth transition into your new home. From furniture removals to piano removals and even self storage, they offer everything you need to make your move hassle-free. If you’re a customer in Norfolk, Norwich and the surrounding areas, visit the Simon Long Removals website.

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Moving Out for The First Time? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Moving can be both exciting and stressful. Exciting because you are moving out for the first time and a new place opens doors to so many wonderful opportunities. And stressful because you have to prepare, plan, pack, lift, unload, unpack, and most vitally organize a smooth-flowing move. But the best part is that moving is an experience and we all have faced it at some point of time in our lives.

 

Whether it is moving in with a roommate or moving to a brand new house, either way, you will be incredibly excited. So, to make sure that you have a great time moving and land your belongings safely in your new house, here is a list of things you should keep in mind. Read on to find out.

 

Check-in with your finances

 

First things first, you need to get your finances in order. Be it a long-distance move or a local move your financial position will help you know whether it is wise to move or not. Let’s face it moving comes along with a lot of financial risks. Not in terms of hiring a local mover, but also in terms of rent, electricity, food and water expenses.

 

Let us put this into perspective, say you decide to move from Brooklyn to San Diego and you hire Brooklyn Movers to carry your belongings safely. However, you did not calculate the expenses you have to handle after the move is over. For instance the rent of the apartment or the home essentials you need as soon as you reach your new place. All these basic amenities will not magically appear in your new house. You have to pay for them and continue doing so till the time you reside in that particular place.

 

This is why your first step here is to plan a budget. Calculate your monthly salary and see that your rent is 30% of the amount you earn each month. Then see the net amount you are left with and next, calculate the cost of other expenses and see if your salary can cover them. Also, remember that in the beginning, you might have to spend a little more than you calculated but as soon as you settle, the extra costs will disappear.

 

Choose accommodation wisely

 

Now, that you are good with the finances. The next step is to choose patience and not rush into buying a new apartment or house. You will be on the receiving end of several options and the best place to start is your social media. Ask your social media friends about rental accommodations in the place you want to move to. I am sure few will come with good rental accommodations.

 

If in case you are not social media savvy, which in these days is a rare thing to find, then google some rental accommodations online and contact the concerned person. Although the process might take some time, the wait will be worth it.

 

In addition to this, make sure that you choose a place that is close to your workplace, and all the other places of interest. For instance, a gym, a good coffee shop or a bakery. So, make sure you keep all these things in mind and be wise while choosing the accommodation.

 

Chalk out a moving plan

 

So you are finally in a position to move. You have sorted out all your finances and picked a place that will suit your requirements. Next, you have to plan your move. You have to check all your belongings, ready the packing equipment, move the utilities and most vital pack weeks ahead of the move.

 

You can also take help from the professionals because managing everything on your own will be hectic for the first time movers. In case you are wondering, where to look for help? Do not worry because there are tons of moving companies out there. You can select the right moving company and ensure a smooth move. Professional movers in Brooklyn will not only take care of your belongings but they will also make sure that everything remains safe and sound. They will pack all your belongings skillfully, load them, unload them, and carry all your belongings safely inside the truck.

 

Bottom Line

 

First-time movers have to be a little more cautious than the ones who move quite often. So, my best advice to novice movers is that they should prepare weeks ahead of the move. This step will help them move smoothly. Besides the above-mentioned points, they should also make arrangements before reaching the new house. After all, the key to a good move is preparation and planning.

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Moving house as a student: the trials and tribulations

Moving home is stressful for anyone. For students possibly even more so. This could be their first time moving away from home. If you’re a student, moving into student halls or a house is the first big thing of many you’ll have to do.

 

This can seem a little bit daunting (I know I thought it was!). But luckily I’ve put together a few tips to make packing for uni that much easier.

 

Many of these things come in handy not just for students but also regular movers, too.

 

Make a list

 

Before you start moving things and putting them in boxes. Before you do anything else. Make a list. This list is going to be your best friend during your move.

 

List all the things you want to take with you, room by room. Plates? Check. Clothes? Check. Stuffed animal that you’ve had for years and just can’t bear to leave behind? Check!

 

This list will help you keep track of things. Crossing things off as they’re packed can help you make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

 

moving checklist

 

Can you leave things behind?

If you feel like you’ve got waaay too much stuff, it could be a better idea to buy some things when you get there. General household items, like bedding and kitchenware, are easy to get once you move to your new place.

If you’re moving into halls, you can usually buy a pack full of these things from your accommodation. It’ll be ready for you as you move in. And if you want to leave it in your university town during the long summer holidays then just rent a cheap self-storage unit for the purpose.

 

Label your boxes

This is another tip to help you keep track of your items. It’s a good thing to pack your boxes methodically for moving. But remembering which box you put things in is definitely going to come in handy when it comes to unpacking. Write clearly on the box the kinds of things that are in it, and which room it should go in.

 

moving boxes

 

Moving into Halls?

Make sure you know where you’re going and what to do on the day

It seems obvious, but it can be quite easy to get lost trying to find your accommodation. Getting your keys and finding your room can also be a hassle. Though your accommodation should have people there to show you around, it’s not smooth sailing for everyone. Which is why it can be a good idea to check beforehand where you need to go.

 

Moving Out of Halls

If you’re moving out of halls, there’s also a checklist of things you need to do before you leave. You’re likely to have paid a deposit before you moved in, so doing these things can help make it more likely to get it back

 

Clean

You won’t get your deposit back if your accommodation has to hire cleaners to tidy your room when you’re gone. Make sure that your room is as tidy as you can make it. Wipe down surfaces (even in the bathroom!) and hoover (but maybe don’t hoover the bathroom).

 

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Hand in keys

You’re not just going home for the holidays, you’re moving out of your accommodation for good. Meaning you won’t need your keys again. If you accidentally take them home, but live far away, you could get charged for replacement keys

 

Check for HOW you’ll get it back

Getting your accommodation deposit back can involve some effort on your part. You might have to do some other things, such as fill in a form online or request your deposit back.

 

DON’T FORGET things that aren’t in your room

You may have other things at uni that you don’t keep in your room. You might have your bike in a bike shed, or if you’re a music student you could have our instrument in a store room. If somehow you have sporting equipment at uni that you need to take, remember to take them back with you too.

 

Remember!

For both moving in and out of halls, make sure you have all of your important documents with you.

 

When moving in, make sure to bring your accommodation contract with you and your acceptance letter. As well as this, remember to bring photo ID (such as a passport or driving license) and proof of your home address (you can find this on a bank statement).

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The Three Biggest Moving Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Moving home is an exciting time. Perhaps it means an interesting new job, a larger place or even being closer to your friends or family. Whatever your reason is for moving, we all want a smooth stress-free home move. This is why we’ve pulled together this article to highlight the three biggest moving mistakes and exactly how you can avoid them.
So, let’s jump right in.

Mistake 1:

The Primacy Bias, Why You’re Spending Too Much Money

There is a natural bias we have as humans called the primacy bias. This basically means that your judgement of something is affected by what you saw earlier. The classic example is when you walk into a bridal dress shop and see three dresses all for £5,000 or even higher. Then, the shop assistant brings out a dress for only £1,995. Bargain, right? By comparison the new dress seems to be cheap but it’s only because we have seen the more expensive ones before.

But what has this got to do with moving home?

If you’re buying a home you can have tens of thousands to spend, so costs such as pricey mortgage brokers or “recommended” solicitors can seem negligible in comparison to the total value. This therefore means that you’re more likely to spend more and actually buy items you might not otherwise because the costs seem less in perspective of your entire move. This also applies even if you’re renting, just on a smaller scale.

This isn’t to say these services aren’t worth it or you don’t need those items, it’s just important to really think about it .

Mistake 2:

Making More Work Than You Need To

Moving home is often seen as a stressful experience. In part that’s because we can make a meal out of what should be simple activities, meaning we have to spend lots of our time on the non-glamorous stuff. So, what can we do about it?  The good news is that there are some simple, easy-to-follow tips you can follow that will save your hours of time when moving home

  • Spring clean weeks before you move. Get rid of most of the stuff you haven’t used in the past 3-6 months. This can dramatically reduce the amount of stuff you’re taking to your new place – stuff you don’t use anyway
  • Label your boxes with the room they’re destined for. This one seems obvious but you’d be surprised the amount of people that forget to do this. Once you move into your new place it will be a complete time-saver
  • Update your address online. The team over at SlothMove have pulled together an online service where you can update your address online. Instead of spending up to 7 hours telling everyone that you’ve moved, you can tell them all within 5 minutes. That’s time better spent doing other things!
  • Book everything in advance. The further in advance you can make arrangements such as childcare, pet day-care, van rentals & storage the easier and smoother your move will be.

 

Mistake 3:

Stressing Too Much

Recent studies show that two thirds of people placed the process of moving home at the top of their stress list, suggesting that it caused more anxiety than breaking-up, divorce or even starting a new job.

If this is the way we perceive moving home, we might be less inclined to do so which can reduce our geo-mobility. Therefore, it’s important that we change our perspective about moving home itself.

But, how do you do that?

The first thing to bear in mind is that taking a break from the home move is completely fine and should be done. You don’t need to be a machine and get it done as quickly as possible. Feel free to take the afternoon or the weekend off and do something completely different. This will help the home move feel more part of your natural routine.

Secondly, try to take some time off work. Don’t try to squeeze everything in between your work and at your weekends. The impact of doing it in the evenings and weekends is that it compounds stress and gives you a completely full schedule. Just taking a week or even a few days off work can make a massive difference in delivering a stress-free home move.

Finally, remember why you’re moving in the first place. You might be moving for something really exciting. In the typical chaos of the home move it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that what you’re doing is really exciting. Contrary to popular opinion, moving home should be fun and is something to be enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you’ve found this article of value; with there being so much to do with moving home and it can be tough to stop and consider if there is a better way to do something. However, if you can take five minutes and apply just one of the principles we’ve covered today you can save yourself stress, time and even money.

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How do Movers Protect and Prepare your Home for a Move

Do you think the moving business is easy? It definitely is not. There are several nuances to it like packing, loading, unloading, and organizing. Though moving is not impossible but it has its own challenges. Moving is unequivocally the most stressful process because it can take a toll on even the best of organizers. But no matter how complex the task is, if performed with perfection you have nothing to worry about. If you know how to pack and move efficiently, you know exactly what difference will it make.

 

So how do professional movers tackle moving-related tasks? First, professional movers have packing and moving skills. Second moving companies mostly hire individuals with experience. They have the knowledge that ensures you always have safe and easy move. Not only this, but skilled movers are also familiar with the packing requirements and they know some crucial things related to moving. If you want to know what are those crucial things read below and find out how to pack your home as a mover does.

 

Start packing weeks ahead of the move

 

There is one thing that you have to keep in mind that packing is an integral part of any move. So as soon as you buy a new house, immediately start thinking about the days you can devote to packing alone. The bigger the house the more things you have to pack. Though consider yourself lucky if you have to pack a small apartment. But not lucky enough because you will still need a lot of skills to pack all your belongings. If you don’t want to be surrounded by boxes for weeks them simply rent a cheap self-storage unit.

 

Having said that, let’s see how packing weeks ahead of the move will help you. First, you will not be stressed by the time the moving trucks arrive. Second, you can keep a check on the movers while they load and unload all your belongings. Third, you will stay stress-free and have a great move.

 

Keep the furniture light

 

It has happened to most of us. Whether out of sheer laziness, avoidance or forgetfulness. But we have all been there. Un-emptied drawers of a hairdresser – does it ring a bell. Yes exactly, it is important to empty out all the drawers. Because a heavy dresser will be difficult to carry. It will consume your time and energy. Plus it is difficult to assess the safety of a piece of furniture when it is loaded with things inside. So, it is best that you first empty out all the drawers, pack the things in a separate box and then wrap the hairdresser in a soft blanket.

 

Label the boxes

 

Labeling will go a long way. It is also one of the techniques that will help you stay organized. Give a number to each box or use the technique of color-coding. Numbering the boxes will help you keep track of all the items and color-coding will help you identify which box belongs where. For example, the purple color is for the kitchen appliances, red for the master room, and green for the living room. In addition to this, don’t forget to prioritize the boxes. Say you are moving plants, aquarium or a fragile item. All these items will need immediate opening. So make sure you mark all the boxes that need to be unpacked as soon as you reach your house.

 

Separate the essentials from the non-essentials

 

You don’t need the old TV that lies in the basement nor the clothes that don’t fit. So, before making the final inventory donate or sell the non-essentials. Moving is the best opportunity to look for all the things that you can sell or simply donate. You can also call your friends and ask them if they are interested in buying some of the items. Likewise, you can also donate kitchen appliances not in use, old curtains, pieces of furniture lying in the store, etc. As a result of this exercise, you will have less things to pack.

 

Keep a stock of all the packing supplies

 

Gather all the supplies before you even begin to pack. You will need a pack of tapes, boxes of different shapes and sizes, wrapping paper, plastic wraps, bubble wraps, soft blankets, straps, moving dolly, markers, and gloves. So, make sure you gather all the supplies or buy the ones you don’t have. Instead, there are entire stores dedicated to selling items that you will need for packing. You can even request Manhattan Movers or the movers in your city to get the packing material for you. But remember they will charge you extra for the same.

 

Whether you are hiring long distance movers in NYC or local movers NYC of the city you reside in. If you have the right movers helping you they will make your journey stress-free and smooth. But in case if you chose to move all by yourself, keep all the tips mentioned above in mind. Happy moving!

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Moving house with a pet – Tips for moving with dogs and cats

Ideally, the best case scenario for you and your pet would be to find someone – a friend or a family member – to look after the pet and keep it away on your moving day. But we don’t live in an ideal world and that probably won’t be the case for you on your moving day. So what can you do to make the moving house with a pet easier?

 

We’ll talk here about dogs and cats because they are the ones who can have trouble with moving to another home. Read on and check out some tips about moving home with a pet…

 

Tips for moving house with a dog

 

  1. Leave packing the dog’s bed and toys to the last minute. Let them feel at home until the last moment.

 

  1. When hiring professional movers, it would be best to keep the dog in a room where the movers won’t go. It’s to protect the dog and the movers. There could be someone who is allergic to dogs or deadly afraid of them.

 

  1. If you’ll be traveling a long time to get to the new property, don’t forget to secure your dog in the car and stop regularly for bathroom breaks and feeding time. For overseas relocation, it’s important to talk to the vet and get advice about taking your dog to another country.

 

  1. Make a new collar for your dog with the new address, in case your pet gets lost.

 

  1. Research vets and dog parks near your new house so you can be prepared.

 

  1. Do not be quick to wash your dog’s bed. Leave it as it is for a couple of day at least in the new house, so the dog can sense a familiar smell.

 

  1. Try to maintain its normal routine as much as possible.

 

  1. If there’s a garden at your new property, check if there are holes or places your dog can easily escape from before letting it play freely.

 

  1. Take the dog for a walk around the neighbourhood to meet the neighbours (especially the canine kind) so it gets to know them.

 

  1. And most importantly, be patient with your dog. It will get used to the new house but you will have to help it.

 

 

Some dogs get used to new places rather quickly, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, often youngsters or very old dogs can have trouble getting used to the change. They may exhibit the following symptoms: lower activity levels, trembling, tucking its tail, hiding. If you notice any of the signs, call the vet.

 

Tips for moving house with a cat

 

Cats are a little bit easier to handle in such situations. Most cats love their routine, which when they get older is mostly sleeping and eating; and most of them don’t mind changing homes.

 

Some, however, can dislike the change and feel uneasy at a new home at first.

 

  1. Make sure the cat is put away in a room where movers won’t go on your moving day.
  2. Buy a cat travel bag in advance to limit the chaos it can cause while on the road.
  3. Stop regularly for bathroom breaks for the cat. Carry it in on a leash or in the travel bag, it might get scared and run away otherwise.
  4. Just as with dogs, if your cat has a bed – don’t wash it for a couple of days after moving in.
  5. Find a new vet if your current one will end up being too far away.
  6. Introduce the cat to the new house and be patient. Chances are it will walk around and sniff for a little while and find a place it likes and fall asleep. But if it starts acting differently or weird, call the vet.

 

Takeaway

Cats and dogs have feelings too. If they feel nervous and show unusual behaviour, do not wait too long to call a vet. Moving is stressful for them just like it is for you. Be understanding and supportive. Keep things as normal to them as possible and they should get used to the new place.

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Moving Home as an Elderly Person – What to Consider

Moving home at any age can be stressful as well as exciting but for elderly people there can be added complications and things to think about.

Many older people decide to move home mainly for practical reasons. Perhaps their current home is too big and becoming unmanageable if for instance the person is struggling with reduced mobility. Or maybe they need to move closer to family and friends in order to access care and support. Other reasons can be financial such as the need to raise funds for future care needs. Decisions could include what type of new home do you need and how much space?

One thing many elderly people worry about is having to go into residential care if they become too infirm to manage but research by the Live-in Care Hub has shown that some 97% of people in the UK express a wish to remain in their own homes throughout their senior years. With this in mind read on for ideas on how you can achieve this and still access care plus what you need to consider if you do move home.

De-clutter but Keep the Memories

One of the hardest things about moving home and especially to a smaller home is giving up decades of possessions when your present home is full of memories and family mementos. The prospect of throwing away precious belongings can for some be a reason to put off any thoughts of a move even though moving would be beneficial to health and wellbeing. For this reason it is important to get family members and friends on board to help and support you throughout this stressful and momentous time in your life. Help to sort through belongings and paperwork to decide what to keep is a good start keeping in mind the emotional impact and stress of dealing with the official aspects of moving. If care needs are a worry it can help to talk to providers of home care services to find out what kind of home care is available in the area in order to put minds at rest.

 

Room for a Carer?

When a decision is made to engage a live-in care helper it is essential that the new home has a spare room which after all will be the home carer’s room. They will need their own personal space in order to best carry out their tasks as professionally as possible.

 

Get Specialist Help

Moving someone from a home where they may have lived for many years can require the services of a company that specialises in helping elderly people relocate. If family and friends are unable to help then having someone who understands about the stresses and strains felt by older people leaving a much loved home can help the whole thing go as smoothly as possible. A specialist mover can understand and appreciate the memories and emotions tied up in precious belongings and furniture. Anything which offers support throughout the experience is important to help them feel they’re doing the right thing.

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How to Deal With Stress When Moving

Whatever the circumstances surrounding your upcoming move — good or bad, exciting or nerve-wracking — the process is going to be fast-paced, overwhelming, and potentially stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! It is possible to go through with a house move and not turn your hair grey at the same time.

 

If this sounds appealing to you, here are our top five tips to deal with stress when moving.

1. Plan and then plan some more

We all procrastinate, especially when something as overwhelming as moving house is on the horizon. However, attempting to clear clutter, pack those boxes, organise your belongings, and vacate your old home all at the last minute is guaranteed to bring on unnecessary levels of stress. You need to start planning far earlier than you think!

 

However long you think it is going to take, double it. Seriously, things are going to crop up that you don’t expect and nothing will go entirely according to plan, so prepare yourself with a realistic timeline.

 

In order to remain calm, cool, and collected during this time, make a list of what needs to be done, and then break these tasks into weekly to-do’s. From this point, you can divide the weekly to-dos into more manageable daily tasks. This strategy is the best way to beat procrastination and help you feel as though you are in control of the situation. There is so much to remember that it helps to have a moving house checklist.

 

2. Schedule “me” time

Whether or not you want to be moving, there are still (probably) going to be feelings of grief about the upcoming transition. Don’t be afraid to experience these feelings – they are normal, and everyone has them!

 

That being said, it is essential to take care of your own well-being while you are dealing with this process. Ensure that you are regularly getting enough sleep and that you are eating a wholesome, balanced diet. Far too often, when you are busy, these things go out of the window. But being tired is only going to make the move feel a lot more overwhelming and stressful!

 

Additionally, schedule “me” time so that you don’t feel as though the move has taken over your entire life. Whether that means regular exercise (which you should be doing!), time to read, coffee with friends, or meeting up with your local knitting group, don’t forget about the things that make you happy.

 

3. Hire a professional removals company

There is a reason that people hire professional movers – they reduce so much of the stress! If your budget allows, hire a dependable removal company that can pack and move your furniture. On the day of the move, you will be thanking yourself for making this investment.

 

4. Reach out to your friends and family

In addition to hiring movers, you also should make use of your network. Friends and family will undoubtedly be willing to help you with anything you need before, during, and after the move. Relocating shouldn’t be a lonely process and having your loved ones by your side as much as possible can aid you in reducing the stress.

 

5. Shift your mindset

Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, profoundly said “the only thing constant in life is change” and even all these centuries later, it remains true. Change is going to happen in your life, you can’t always resist it. However, change can be seen as exciting — a new adventure — you just have to shift your mindset.

 

When you find yourself getting sad, stressed, or nostalgic about what you are leaving behind, reflect on this quote and open yourself up to embracing what is to come.

 

There’s no question that moving is stressful, overwhelming, and often downright annoying. However, it has to happen. We all have to do it at certain points in our life. Don’t expect it to be a walk in the park.

 

When you feel stressed and crabby, sit with yourself and identify what exactly is making you feel this way. From this point, you can make a plan for dealing with it. By utilising these five tips, you can make the move a lot less stressful and maybe even bearable. Good luck with the move and remember, “home is where the heart is, even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in!”

 

AUTHOR BIO

John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.

What Brexit Means for the Removals Industry

There’s currently a lot of speculation regarding Brexit, if it will go ahead, and what it means for industries. Here’s what we anticipate it could mean for removal companies, particularly international removals companies. To be honest, Brexit’s consequences are difficult to predict, however, we can make some assumptions and educated guesses about its possible effects. If we leave the EU, the removals industry will likely experience positive, but also negative outcomes.

Domino effect in the property market

The effect of Brexit is likely to be significant on the property market in the UK. Removal companies may find themselves negatively impacted by this outcome. Brexit will likely cause economic instability particularly in the short-term. Instability will mean people find it more difficult to purchase property. It’s reasonable to suggest this will mean more people staying in their current accommodation and not needing removal services. The law of supply and demand means we’ll have a surplus of removal companies looking for bookings and less jobs available so profit margins will be put under pressure.

 

Free movement

In order for removal companies in the UK to operate smoothly, they often need to move freely across Europe. After Brexit, free movement will become problematic. UK removal companies may look to build better relationships with EU removal companies to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Companies will likely need to complete more procedures and paperwork before they are allowed to cross the borders. This will delay the process and cost removal companies more time and money. UK nationals, who move to the EU and later decide to move back to Britain, will possibly be more inclined to hire a local European removals company to avoid the perceived complications.

 

Tariffs

All countries involved in the EU have benefited from the trading agreement between the European countries and the United Kingdom. This has allowed free tariff trading agreements for our removals companies. If Brexit goes ahead, companies will need to negotiate new agreements. This makes the UK vulnerable to unfavourable tariffs when they deliver services to European countries.

 

Labour force changes

Being part of the EU, UK companies have the right to use an experienced workforce from all over Europe. Unfortunately, Brexit will likely create complications for British businesses, including our removals companies. Potentially this could be seen as good news for unemployed citizens. It will possibly open more job opportunities for the currently unemployed.

 

More citizens moving

The increase of British people wanting to move abroad is one short-term positive of Brexit for removals companies. Should you stay or should you go? This will possibly result in a small increase in bookings of removals companies. EU nationals who now live in the UK may feel unstable in their residency and choose to move home. This could result in mass-migration for the short-term, meaning more work for the removals industry.

 

Conclusion

According to the referendum results, the UK voted in favour of leaving the EU by 52%. Only Wales and England voted to leave the European Union by the majority, while all Scotland and Northern Ireland councils voted to stay in the EU with a majority of votes.

 

We all hope citizens and businesses will benefit from Brexit if we choose to go ahead. Of course there will be a time for us all to recalibrate and prepare for the future. After a couple of turbulent years, we hope for economic stability to be restored. We cannot tell for sure what the outcomes of Brexit will be – we are cautiously optimistic that a good decision will be made for the benefit of us all.