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Things You Should Not Do When Moving To A New Home

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We have just recently moved to a new flat after staying from the previous one for a decade. It was bittersweet and towards the days before the final move, it had become a total bitter experience because – we did not plan correctly for the move.

We already had the notion of moving but the date was not certain until we received our confirmation for the new flat and everything after that was just done in haste. Of all the moves we have done in the past, the last one was really the most disorganized one because we had very little time left until our contract expires and the confirmation to check in the new place  takes effect.

And because of our own misgivings in the move, here are valuable lessons every homeowner should note when you are planning to relocate or move to a new place. Never, ever do these things below:

Do not plan your move last minute

One thing that will hamper your smooth progress of moving is when you plan your move on the 11th hour. This is when you start rushing and forgetting to put what where. I also do not like the cramming and stress I subject myself into when it comes to meeting very tight deadlines when you still have one million and one things to pack and do.

Always ensure that you give yourself enough time, like a month or so to give your vacating notice, coordinate with professional movers on the date of packing and removal of stuff, and the hiring of professional cleaners to sort your old home and make it presentable so you don’t waste your deposit.

Do not leave your old rented flat or rented home in a mess

Our only excuse for not having the old flat cleaned and brought forward to its presentable state was the last minute timings we have. The timing was really off for use. But if you have the time to contact a professional cleaner company to clean your old home/flat, patch up those holes you have drilled before, repaint (if necessary), and really make the old flat presentable again before handover to the landlord then I suggest you really do this.

There are certain clauses in the contract that indicates that when moving out, you should leave your old premise in pristine condition or else, they will deduct certain amount from your deposit or worse, you have to pay more.

Do not leave the holes you have drilled when putting up those frames and shelves un-puttied

Just like the reason above, make sure you have enough time to cover up those gapping holes you created while decorating your old home. You can buy putty at any hardware or home depot stores and you can actually do it yourself even if you’re not very handy. There are plenty of how-to videos in the internet to help you do this without spending a fortune if you don’t feel like paying for a professional.

Do not pack in haste and do not forget to mark your boxes with description of their contents

Always give yourself enough time for a leeway when packing. It can buy you more time to organize and sort what you will put it in each boxes. Do not pack in haste as you will surely miss stuff like in our case.  I only managed to put description on few boxes and the rest where done in haste. I am not proud of it since I am a stickler for organization and system but this time, everything we did for the move was very uncharacteristic. Never again!

 

Many things can go wrong when you don’t plan your move accordingly. Time is really important when moving and having everything move smoothly. Also, don’t be afraid to hire help from the professionals even if you have to pay extra because that is what they do. They are there to help lessen your burden with packing and moving.

The Financial Truth About Renovation: How to Remodel Your New Home on a Budget

Although property price growth in London is beginning to stall in the wake of fresh warnings from economists, the real estate market remains in relatively good health. This is good news for property-owners. Especially for those who have considered selling their home and relocating to a new geographical area. Despite continued speculation that the property market is becoming increasingly destabilised, this demographic of home-owners may be required to act sooner rather than later if they are to sell for a profit.

 

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Photo not mine

Managing Your Finances When Moving: How to Save and Make Money

It is important to remember that profit is relative, however, and that it can be influenced by reducing costs and generating additional income when relocating.

Consider the following steps towards achieving these goals: –

  1. Clear Your House and Embrace the Thrift Market

 Prior to moving, it is wise to complete an inventory of your material possessions and identify any items that will not be required in your new home. This is something that individuals and families often overlook, especially when they are moving to a new home where there is additional space and storage. It can provide you with a unique opportunity to generate additional income. You can access the thriving thrift market and sell your unwanted items for a competitive price. Although you may not make thousands, the income that you do earn can go towards work on the house and boost the profitability of your sale.

  1. Upcycle and Sell Old Furniture

 On a similar note, you may be fortunate enough to move into a furnished home with existing possessions. Even if you do not want to keep these items for personal use, you can at least consider the idea of upcycling these unwanted items where necessary and selling them on for a 100% profit. Any money that you generate from selling these items can be retained, although you will need to factor in the cost of materials and listing all items for sale on sites such as eBay. The fact that you may have to post cumbersome items of furniture may also carry a substantial cost, unless you are able to partner with a specialist and flexible delivery service such as TNT Direct.

  1. Adopt a Proactive Approach to Home Remodelling

When the time comes to renovate your new home, it is all too easy to lose control of costs and expenditure levels. This is because the combined cost of labour, materials and other accessories can quickly accumulate over time, especially if you fail to prepare a viable budget or create a financial contingency. If you are committed to saving as much money as possible, the best strategy is to adopt a proactive approach to work and identify the tasks that you can complete as an individual and without the need for employing tradesmen.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Mover

Moving to a new place is never an easy task. It is not without any hassles and inconveniences and on top of those, the level of stress is heightened and the money matters are compromised. Statistics show that 6.7 million US households have moved in 2010 alone and that is 4 times the population of Manhattan!

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Why let those happen when you can hire a professional mover to do the nitty-gritty job for you? Hiring a professional mover can help you in many ways:

Safety aspect

Professional movers are highly skilled and are experts in their field. They have the necessary experience to tackle moving heavy furniture, large appliances and other delicate items.

Convenient

You do not have to exert too much effort, time and resources to handle the process of moving from packing to moving and the logistics in between. Not only does it make the moving convenient to everyone, other members of the family and friends are even spared from the hassle of helping out.

Insured items

Most professional moving companies carry insurance scheme that will cover all your valuable items being moved. You can also purchase extra coverage to ensure all your items are replaced with broken, lost or damaged.

Lessens stress

Professional movers are experts in making sure that you are not stressed out from the moving experience. They will handle all the details and logistics for you to make your relocation smooth sailing.

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