The duration of moving home can vary depending on a number of factors. You see, when moving you have to pack, find the right home, valuations, visit properties, have people visit you, organise payment plans and mortgages, travel and unpack! It sounds like a lot to digest, but with this guide, we can give you the simple possibility of having a quick and easy move... maybe in even 30 days!
Start your first week off by having a full inspection of your home. There is no use opening your house up to viewings if you have damaged areas - it simply won’t sell! Therefore, walk around your home and make a list of the things that should be looked at before anything else progresses.
Also, during your inspection, make a decision about what furniture you are going to bring with you and not going to. Those that aren’t making a journey, before throwing them away consider asking your friends or family if they want them or sell them! That way you could be making a profit for more furniture. This will keep you organised and will help you understand what the new home will be missing.
After that, find yourself an efficient estate agency and begin browsing online! At the end of these seven days, you should have an initial idea of what your current home requires, what is acquired for your new home and what estate agency you are going to go with. Here at Giggs & Company, we are a highly friendly and reliable team of estate agents aspiring to help you find and move into your dream home.
As week two hits, we would suggest you start packing small priority items. This includes things like picture frames, ornaments, lamps or anything that is found on the sides. Slowly begin packing these away and by the end of this week, the majority of your cupboards, tables and shelves should just be empty, ready to be dismantled and packed away too. After all, it’s never too early to begin packing, but to ensure total organisation and control, packing in steps (starting from small items and working your way up in size) would be a good idea.
What we would recommend is by this point, stop shopping! Stop buying clothes, long-lasting food and other home essentials until you’ve moved because it’s just extra luggage to carry. Of course, if you need to buy something regarding the repairing of your current home, that is an obvious exception, but save your money just in case something goes wrong on the day. Also, it encourages you to empty your food-filled freezer, fridge and cupboards in the meantime.
Week two is an ideal time to begin property viewings, too. Regarding both people viewing your house and you viewing potential homes, it’s important you are prepared. This can take some time, and will in fact, probably take up the most time in the whole process. Therefore, follow these quick tips to ensure it doesn’t take up too much significant time:
- Know what you want - in terms of location, how many bedrooms you want, accessibility etc. be sure you know what you want before you visit these properties.
- Know your budget - Work out an efficient budget to ensure you can afford what you visit.
- Only view properties within your budget range - there’s no point in visiting a property that is almost double your budget, it can actually put you off of properties that are perfectly fine and in your budget range. Don’t rain on your own parade.
- Don’t be too picky - obviously, it’s going to take some time as this is probably the biggest investment you will ever make in your lifetime, but nothing is perfect, so think to yourself - surely you can live without that and this etc.?
Finally, if you have found a property and worked out a moving date, now is the time to book in a removals team! Removal companies are always packed up (excuse the pun) with enquiries and bookings, so the earlier you book these guys the better.
This week is probably the busiest one, as it’s the last week before moving week. Start if off by letting your friends, family and other relevant, trusted people know your new address, in case they send any gifts, letters or even visit.
Next, cancel or forward any important newsletter and product subscriptions, to prevent the new homeowners from receiving any unwanted content through the post, giving them their first problem. It’s a friendly, humanely gesture.
In week three it’s about time some bigger guys are tackled - begin dismantling and packing small priority items of furniture such as tables, units and chairs. Roll up any rugs and get rid of any accessories or items that simply aren’t needed within the next week. Ideally, the only things that should be exposed in your house still are your kitchen appliances, beds, sofas and TVs etc.
Another thing that should be packed and organised are your clothes and shoes. Realistically, you only need one pair of shoes for the week (maybe some slippers, too) and a few outfits for night and day time. The rest can be simply packed ready for the move. I’d also consider avoiding jewellery because of its fragility and makeup because of how much time it takes.
Finally, your last tasks of the week should be to collect keys and get in touch with a mortgage advisor. Mortgages can be very difficult for the mind to process, so getting in touch with a professional is probably the best route to go down!
It’s now moving week! The nerves are probably piping up and you are probably freaking out that you are missing something? Good thing you’ve got this guide to help you!
Firstly, if you are wanting to be fully organised, energised and prepared we wouldn’t recommend going on any day trips or nights out - just for this week! Your mind should be totally focused on this move if you want it done in time.
With the extra-given time, you should begin by cancelling or forwarding your mail, landline, gas, water, electricity etc. to your new address. You should also stop the maintenance of the garden and reduce the amount of ‘living’ you do in the house. Doing this will make moving day easier because you won’t have a lot to clean. Furthermore, this week one of your biggest responsibilities is ensuring the new homeowners also have a breezy move, and you can help that happen by leaving the property in immaculate condition. Therefore, a thorough clean around the house will help do just that!
Finally, if you have pets and young kids, a good idea to ensure a quick and easy move would be to arrange a friend, family member or a nursery/shelter to look after them during that time. This saves them from getting in the way and getting bored.
If you follow this guideline and it all works out, by the 30th day you should be happily moved into your new home. We, Giggs & Company can also be a big help on your month-long move. Get in contact with us today for all enquiries.
Thanks for reading.