Moving house can be one of the most stressful and panic-inducing things you do all year. Not only is it expensive, but it also requires you to be exceptionally organized – something you might not be used to if you haven’t done it for a long time. Making sure that everything is in place, from the removal van to the legal arrangements, can be a massive hassle.
But the good news is that moving home needn’t be as difficult as you imagine. With a few tips in mind, you can make the entire process run like clockwork, and save yourself time to boot. Here are some last-minute moving tips for when things get frantic.
Deck Out Your New Place With Free Stuff
Thanks to the sharing economy, there’s no need to pay out a fortune for life’s essentials anymore Long gone are the days when you had to wait for several paychecks before being able to get your own washing machine, tumble dryer or kettle. There are now many online services and web communities, like Freecycle or Freegle, dedicated to helping people like you find second-hand products to furnish their new homes.
Many people think that there is a catch with services like these: that you have to pay a fee or something. But the setup is very different to eBay. These really are community driven websites, and they really do act like yard sales where everything is free. All you have to do is log on and find stuff you need. You really can save thousands of dollars on furnishing your new home using hand-me-downs from other people in the local area. They want to get rid of their old stuff to make way for the new, and you need their old stuff, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Of course, quality is often lacking, but you’ll also find things that are practically brand new and in good working order. Keep your eyes peeled.
Cut Your Utility Costs
If you’re moving to a new home, especially if you’re moving to a larger home, you’ll probably experience a bump in your energy bills. But it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re not paying over the odds for any energy you use. Sometimes, energy companies can bump up your bills when you move home and hope that you don’t notice.
The good news is that there are now many services out there that will automatically find the cheapest tariff for you depending on your usage. For instance, if you are a high user of electricity during the day, services like Cheap Energy Club and others will seek out the lowest tariffs and provide you with substantial savings.
It’s important to note that these services aren’t always entirely accurate: they depend heavily on the information you feed them. Make sure, therefore, that you take accurate readings of all your meters as soon as you move in so that you don’t end up paying for the previous resident’s energy use.
Compare Removal Firms
Different removal companies come with different benefits, and the difference in cost can sometimes be dramatic. One moving company might be 50 percent more expensive than another. But it’s important to remember that differences in moving companies aren’t just based on price. Other factors, such as the care the company takes when moving your possessions and their channels of communication with you are also important. When choosing a moving company, make sure that you compare multiple firms on price as well as other factors. Look for reviews online and see what experiences other people have had.
Get Your New Home Cleaned Before You Move
Nothing is worse than mortgaging your life for the next 25 years only to find yourself living in a squalid environment. However, this eventuality is not uncommon. Many people never bother to check their new home ahead of their arrival and so never get the chance to clean it before having to move in all their stuff. Not everybody is as conscientious as you and, therefore, aren’t as interested in making their homes clean and beautiful environments, especially if they’re leaving them behind for good. So it’s often a good idea to make sure that your new home is clean ahead of moving in while there’s easy access to every nook and cranny.
Often, the walls will be grubby, and the bathrooms full of mold so make sure you take bleach and paint with you to do a bit of touching up. If you don’t want to do the work yourself, you can always hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you.
Give Your Finances A Makeover
Moving home is the perfect time to look at your finances and give them a makeover. With the right approach, you could save thousands of pounds a year. The first thing to do is check all your standing orders. Are they all relevant at your new address? For instance, could you ditch your gym subscription now that you’ve moved to a new area? Next, take a look at all the bills that you have to pay. Then go on comparison websites and find whether you’re on the cheapest tariff for your area. Don’t expect your previous utility company to give you honest advice about who to choose for the cheapest tariff. Often, they’re banking on the fact that you’ve got so much on your plate with the move that you won’t bother to compare prices.
If you’re moving into a new home, especially if it’s a rented property, getting other people’s mail can be a major hassle. In most states, it’s illegal to open somebody else’s mail. On top of that, it’s usually not a good idea to just throw it in the bin. The alternative is to write on the front of the envelope “return to sender” and just pop it back in the post. This will tell whoever sent the correspondence that the person no longer lives at your address and that they need to find alternative means of contacting them.
So there you have it: last-minute tips for making moving less stressful for when things get frantic.