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To Move or to Improve, That Is the Question

Should you move home or improve your current abode? Should you relocate elsewhere or renovate where you are now? This is a huge decision that can impact your whole household, so it should not be taken lightly. There are a whole host of factors that should be taken into account if this a decision you have been thinking about or even faced with of late. A few of these factors can be found below to try and help you make the right decision.

First of all you have to think about the space your current home offers to you and your family. Children may spend the first years of their lives sleeping in the same room as their parents but there soon comes a time when they need their own. This means you have to have the rooms in your home to meet the demand, and to make rooms you need space. Now, your children could certainly cohabit in the same bedroom but there are proven dangers of having children of different ages do this. Because of this it may be prudent to relocate and seek a bigger home. And on the other end of the space spectrum you may also need to downsize too. If, for example, you are of an older generation and your mobility stops you from going upstairs then it may be time to downsize, no matter how hard that may be. It really is a case of considering how much house you realistically need before you invest any of your finances into either moving or improving. There are ways you can make the most out the space in your home, but if space really is an issue then moving is the best course of action.
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But if space is not an issue and you are truly happy in your current abode then why waste your money on moving? Why not just plant your flag even deeper and renovate your current home? Renovating is the perfect way to scratch any itches you have to make a change and is a lot cheaper to do than to relocate. And there are even ways to renovate on a budget. Low costs do not have to result in a poor standard of renovation. But if you want to both relocate and renovate then there are ways you can have the best of both worlds. You could turn a building into a home by purchasing a place that needs a lot work doing on it. If this is your calling you should though be aware that you have to be very careful so as to ensure that you are protected in the venture. You should take a look into building survey quotes so you can have any prospective properties vetted professionally. Municipal reports don’t always dig up everything that is wrong with a home. By having any that you dedicate your finances to surveyed you might be able to have money knocked off the asking price. And that’s only ever a good thing, right?

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So, whether you want to move home or improve your home, it’s completely up to you. You have to feel for which scratch is the most itchy and then proceed to itch it!

How To Move House With Ease

Moving house is considered to be one of the most stressful things we can do, aside from coping with bereavement or divorce. Your home is a part of your identity and a base from which your kids grow up and family memories are made – so it makes sense that setting up somewhere new isn’t necessarily going to be easy. However, it is possible to move house with a minimum of fuss – here we tell you how to set things up so that you can focus on being excited about your new abode…

  1.      Visit your new home several times

You might have been sold on the first viewing, but a second or third visit is really important for helping you to plan your move. Return to the property with a view to finding out what works and what doesn’t. Find out if the current occupants are planning to leave any of their furniture or appliances, as this can save you a lot of money when it comes to setting up your new home. Check what kind of central heating is currently in place – do you need to register with a gas provider, or should you order some oil before moving day?

  1.      Pack like a pro

The way you pack up all your stuff will determine how quickly you can get settled into your new property. Don’t just fling things into bags and boxes – or you will end up living in a chaotic nightmare for weeks on end! Pack items on a room by room basis, and label everything so that you can find whatever you need with just a quick glance: invaluable for the settling in period. Make sure your breakables are well protected with bubble wrap, newspaper or foam pellets – your local shop should be able to help you with this.

  1.     Get help

Yes, it would be great if you could do everything yourself without spending another penny – but moving house doesn’t work like that. Unless you already own a large van and muscles that would make any bodybuilder proud – it’s a no brainer to get yourself sorted with an efficient and reliable removals company. As well as professional help, it’s also a good idea to enlist the support of family and friends for moving day – so don’t be afraid to ask!

  1.      Pack the kids off for the day

As any parent knows, trying to organise a house move with children in tow can be a near impossible feat. Make life easier for yourself by arranging to send them to the house of one of their friends or a relative on moving day – you’ll be really glad you did!

  1.      Make essential items accessible

There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at your new pad to realise that you don’t know where the kettle is, and the tea bags could be anywhere. Pack a kit of essential items that you are likely to need when you get there and keep it at the top of the pile.

If your new house is a bit lacking in storage for all your stuff, read this guide on how to resolve the problem. You can move house with ease – it just takes a little planning!

Cleaning and De-Cluttering After Christmaso

Post-Christmas Cleaning and De-ClutteringI don’t know about you, but when the tree finally comes down, it feels like a really good time for a big cleaning session and declutter. My kids are still at an age where their toys take up a LOT of room, and Christmas usually means finding even more room for all their stuff, so in order to maintain a tiny bit of decent living space (as well as hanging on to my ever-precarious marbles) I tend to have a bit of a blitz, including all of the things that don’t get cleaned as regularly. Here are a few things which get deep-cleaned at this time of year:

Glassware

Husband has quite a large collection of glasses, ranging from large litre-sized beer glasses from Europe right down to special vodka glasses, and everything in between. It’s not the sort of glassware which gets used every day and is kept on shelves in our dining room, so it does tend to collect dust and this is usually the time of year when it all gets taken down, washed and polished before being put back on the shelves.

Fireplace

Our wood burner gets used a LOT during the winter, in fact it’s roaring away as we speak, but it does need a good clean up every now and again. The ash gets thrown away each time we use it and I vaccum the hearth almost daily, but the glass on the front and the metal parts can get grimy and need a polish.

Doors and Light Switches

Unless you’re a cleaning machine like my friend Sam, there are probably areas of your house that you don’t even NOTICE until they got dirty and things like light switches and doors are a prime example. When you’ve got kids with grubby hands who insist on TOUCHING EVERYTHING, stuff gets sticky, which them attracts dust and can end up looking grubby. Now is the time to give them all a scrub.

Down the Back of the Sofa

If you’ve got a sofa with cushions on it, there’s a good chance that there’s a whole load of crumbs, dust, stray hairs and tony toys hiding down the back of the cushions. Get your vacuum pole down there and give it a good clean out to deal with the rubbish removal, then a spray with Febreeze or even given them a once-over with a steam cleaner. It’ll freshen up your sofa and make it seem much nicer.

Inside Your Cupboards

Go through your cupboards and check the sell-by-dates on everything – I guarantee you’ve got at least one can of food which is well past it’s best. Get rid of anything you can’t use and if there’s anything which is still in date, the local food bank will probably make excellent use of it. This will also make cleaning the shelves a lot easier!

Do you have any amazing home cleaning tips to share with me?

Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Moving Long Distance With Your Family

Whatever the reason for moving long distance, it can be a challenge for the whole family. It can be hard to adjust to your new surroundings. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself when moving long distance with your family so that it goes smoothly.

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How am I going to deal with the kids?

Moving home is one of the most stressful things for children to go through. After all, they are moving away from their normal surroundings and friends. Therefore, you need to tread carefully when you tell them you are going to be moving a long distance. As this feature says, you need to try and focus on the positives that the moving will bring for your family. For example, if it’s down to a new job, you can tell them that it will help your family to be financially stable for the future. Try and make it feel like an adventure for you all to go on by telling them about all the new places and people you will meet. Of course, your kid might react negatively to the prospect of moving away. But it’s best to be honest with them about the situation as early as possible.

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How am I going to move my stuff to the new area?

When you are moving just up the road, it’s easy to find ways to move your belongings to a new home. However, moving long distance means it’s more important to find someone who is happy to travel a longer distance. It would be a good idea to investigate companies such as Shiply who can transport your furniture to a new location. That way, you don’t have to worry about moving the items yourself a long distance. As we discussed before, make sure everything is organised and ready to go before the removals arrive. That way, the process will run smoothly on the big day.

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Will my belongings survive the journey?

You need also to check your belongings to decide whether they are in a good enough condition to survive the journey. After all, they need to be transported a long distance, and if it’s already starting to break, it’s unlikely to make it to the other end. Therefore, decide what you are going to get rid off, so you have a list of new things you need for your new home!

How are we going to get to know new people?

Moving to a new area can be a lonely time for families. Although you have each other, not knowing anyone locally can be hard. You might want to speak to your new neighbours and invite them over for a drink. That way, you can get to know them and the area. You can also check online for local groups in the area. You can sign your family up to learn a new hobby, and you will soon get to know new people. Also, speak to the mums at your kid’s new school and arrange a play date so that your kids get to make some new friends!

Remember that you will also need to sign up for a new doctor and dentist when you move a long distance.

Things Everyone Wishes They Did The First Time They Sold Their Home

The housing market isn’t doing too well right now, so if you’re trying to sell up, you might find it could take some time. If you haven’t tried selling a property before, you might be totally confused with how to go about it. But there isn’t anything to be worried about really, especially when you can learn so much from previous sellers. Want to know what former homeowners knew when they sold their first house? Here are all the secrets that you need to know.

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Don’t Try And Sell Without An Estate Agent

Some homeowners try to save money by selling their house on their own. Instead of listing it with an estate agent, they simply take out their own adverts in local newspapers and on internet advertising sites. It’s true that you will have to pay to use the services of an estate agent. However, you will find that they help you sell your home much quicker and at a good price. When people want to buy a home, they always go straight to their local estate agent. So if you list it with them, your advert will be seen by its target audience. An estate agent will also be able to correctly value your home and let you know what the best price for a quick sale would be. You can find details about Taylors online. This estate agent offers a free home valuation.

It’s Not Worth Overpricing Your Home

Your estate agent will tell you a guide house for your home. This is what they will estimate that it could sell for. However, you don’t have to go with this price. It is merely a guide price. But most homeowners tend to price their house around the estate agent’s estimates. Don’t be tempted to ask for much more, though. The estate agent will know the current housing market and is the best-informed person to know what your property is worth. In fact, if you want a very quick sale, you could benefit from pricing your house slightly cheaper. Don’t undersell it, though. Just ask for about five thousand less than what the estate agent estimated.

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Think About Curb Appeal

If your house doesn’t look too good from the outside, you might not get that much interest from potential buyers. Even if it looks very smart inside. If the outside looks untidy and messy, passersby will assume it is the same inside. So you need to work on your front garden and the outside of your home to increase the curb appeal. One of the easiest ways to spruce up your front garden is to plant some new flowers in the flowerbeds and get rid of any weeds. If you have the space for it, add some benches and a small table as well. This will help viewers use their imagination to see how they might make the most of the outdoor space. You should also take a look at the paint work on the exterior of your property. If it looks old or flaky, give it a quick lick of paint.

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You Should Organise Spare Rooms

Many of us store all our clutter in any spare rooms in our home. This is especially the case for those of us who don’t have an attic or basement. However, when someone comes to view your home, it is a good idea to clean out all your spare rooms. When the viewers are walking around your home, they will want to imagine themselves living in it. They’ll be trying to imagine how they use each room. If one room is filled with a lot of clutter and very mess, they will find it very difficult to place themselves in the room. Keep all your rooms free from clutter and, if possible, add some small pieces of furniture to each one so that they look like they have a purpose.

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It Pays To Make Your Home Personal

One way to help people envisage themselves living in the home is to add some of your own personal touches. This way, viewers will see the house as a family home and will easily be able to see their own family living in it. The aim is to prevent your home from looking like a generic hotel. If you don’t have any family photos on display, place a couple on your shelves and surfaces. Make sure you have plenty of comfortable appointments, such as cushions and rugs. These can be very warming and will make a room look super cosy.

Leave Some Stuff Behind

Are there some pieces of furniture that you’re thinking of throwing away when you move? It might be a better idea to leave them in the house for the next homeowners. Let viewers know that there will be furniture in the house when they move in. They might be attracted to the idea of moving into a fully or semi-furnished home as it will save them from buying new items. It can be an especially big attraction to potential buyers if the furniture is included in the price.

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Be Very Flexible

You should try and cater to buyers as much as possible. If possible, you should agree to a move date that suits your buyer. Even if that means you need to rent a place while you finalise on the home that you are planning on buying. If you make things easier for potential buyers, they are much more likely to put in a bid on your property. No one wants any hassle when moving home. So if you can offer a hassle-free move, buyers will be very likely to try and snap up your home.

One of the main things to take away from this blog post is that you should try and do as much as possible to make things easier for potential buyers. A quick sell is beneficial for everyone involved. So if they have any deal breakers, try and meet all their requests. By doing this, and sprucing up your home, you’ll find the property will sell in no time!

 

A Mum’s Guide To Moving Somewhere New

Moving house is stressful enough at the best of times, but what about when you’re a mum? Us mums are incredibly busy people. We spend our days caring for our kids, cleaning the house, running errands, and more often than not, holding down a job as well. Add house hunting and moving house to the mix and surely you’ve got the recipe for a stress-induced, mummy meltdown.

The good news is that moving somewhere new doesn’t have to be a nightmare and doesn’t have to result in you having a breakdown. It’s just about handling things properly and being as organised as possible. You’ll find that the more organised you are, the easier and less stressful house hunting and moving house with kids in tow will be.

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Think about where you would like to live

If you’re moving house because your growing family has outgrown your current home, you probably won’t want to move far. However, if you’re moving for another reason, such as to be closer to family, you will most probably have some options about where to move to.

Think about the type of lifestyle you and your family enjoy. Are you someone who loves being surrounded by people or do you prefer a quieter life? Would a home in a town or city suit you or would you prefer to be somewhere more rural? Everyone has different views on the best places to live; it’s just a case of working out what’s best for your family.

Write a list of your family’s needs

Once you’ve done some research and decided on the type of area that your family would like to live in, the next step is to focus on what your family needs. Not only from the property itself but also from the local area. For example, if you’ve got little ones that love being outside, you’ll probably want a house with a large garden. If you want to ensure your move is a success, it’s important to be aware of what you and your family want and need.

Write down a list of everything that your family needs from your new home – amount of bedrooms, storage space, etc. As well as a list of things that you would like your new home to have. These aren’t deal breakers, but it would be nice to find a property that has them. It’s also important to think about the local area and what you would like/need it to have. For example, you may want a supermarket within a 10-minute drive, a bus stop close by, and a selection of suitable schools for your children close by.

Get the help of an experienced estate agent

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Once you know where you want to live and what you want from your home, the next step is to get in touch with local estate agents. This is important, as these guys at Bridgfords, for example, can make a big difference to how stressful your house hunting process is. If you use a reputable realtor to help you, you’ll find it much easier and less daunting to find your perfect new home.

Of course, there are apps and online house hunting sites that can also be useful. But there’s nothing like having an experienced realtor to guide you. This helps to make house hunting quicker and easier and means that the process won’t be as daunting. Plus, any houses that aren’t suitable, your realtor will be able to warn you about. This means you won’t have to waste time viewing them.

Leave the kids at home while house hunting

It can be tempting to take the kids house hunting with you, after all, it will be their new home too, but don’t. Unless you want to deal with moans of ‘I’m bored’, while you’re viewing properties, it’s best to leave them with a babysitter. When you’re viewing your potential new home, you need to be able to concentrate on what you’re seeing.

If you’ve got little ones to think about, the chances of missing something important are much higher. So it’s best to leave the kids at home and house hunt alone. If you want them to see their new home, you can always take them along to the second viewing. Just make sure to keep the first viewing adults only so that you’re able to concentrate and listen to what the realtor is saying.

Have a tick list

To each house viewing you arrange, take a tick list with you. As you go around the property, tick off everything that it has. Anything that it doesn’t have put a cross next to. At the bottom of the list write down any pros and cons. Do this for every house you see so that when it comes to comparing them, you have a quick and easy method.

Be organised about moving

Once you’ve got your house sorted, it’s time to talk moving. Packing up all your belongings and shipping them off to somewhere else is extremely stressful. This becomes even more strenuous when you have little ones around. The best thing you can do to make moving house with kids in tow easier is be organised. The more you plan in advance and are organised about things, the easier the move will be.

Start off by ordering boxes and other moving supplies on the internet. Then write a list of what needs to be done when. Such as six weeks before the move, hire a removal service. (This is something we’ll talk about more later on.) When it comes to packing up your home, start at the top of the house and work your way down. But don’t forget to have a clear out first, to ensure that you’re not taking any junk with you. Oh, and don’t forget to colour code each box with a sticker corresponding to the room it needs to go in at the new house. This will make unpacking at the other end much easier.

Use a removal service

As mentioned above, use a removal service. On moving day you’ll have children to look after, the last thing you want to be doing is loading boxes into a self-drive van. To make your move easier and less stressful, hiring a removal service is a must. It might be a little pricey, but it will mean that on moving day you can focus on your kids and won’t have to try and do a million things at once.

If you can’t afford a removal service, don’t have your children about while you’re loading the truck and cars. Send them to a playdate or to spend time with their grandparents. So that you can concentrate on getting your stuff out of the house as quickly as possible.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about moving house with kids in tow.

 

The UK’s Most Expensive Neighbourhoods

Living in the South East of England can be an expensive business; our proximity to London means that house prices and rents are still very high and that expensive perimeter around the capital is only increasing with improved high-speed travel. In the area we previously lived, we saw house prices steadily creeping up to the point that, when it came to moving house, we decided that enough was enough and moved to a less expensive area.

Property Rescue has created an infographic, showing the top ten most expensive places to live in the UK and I was COMPLETELY unsurprised to see that 90% of them are in London! Here’s the full list:

According to their research:

“The East of England continually sees the biggest growths in house prices with homes worth 8.4 per cent more than last year, seeing the average price of the likes of Chelsea, Notting Hill, and West Brompton comfortably sit above £1million.

London property averages at almost £500,000 but sitting top of the list is Kensington, where residences are worth an average £1.74million. Such is its regard, the area includes a street which is home to the ambassadors of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Finland just to name a few.

Located in the west of London, surrounded by other affluent areas including Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, and Chelsea, the area includes a wealth of London’s premiere hotspots including the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Art, and the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace.

The list is entirely made up of London locations, with neighbourhoods in Kent and Hertfordshire missing out, whilst the quiet commuter town of Virginia Water, Surrey is the only area outside London which makes the list.”

The saddest part about the list is that so many of the areas which have now been gentrified were once areas which were homes to average working people, people who would have absolutely no hope of living there ever again. It reminds me of the episode of Only Fools and Horses where Uncle Albert tries to go back to Tobacco Road where he grew up and finds it full of million-pound Docklands apartments and penthouses.

Do you live in an area which has become unaffordable over the years? Do you think it’s a good thing when older areas are regenerated or are you, like me, sad that working class people are being driven out of their home towns? Leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear what you think about it all.

Moving Day – Free Printable Checklist

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Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences that you can face, this is why it is essential for you to have a solid plan to make the experience as enjoyable as possible! Luckily London Man and Van company, Eco Movers have put together this handy checklist that you can use to mark off as you go along to make sure you don’t miss any key steps!

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If you need any more advice, then Really Moving has some great tips, covering a wide range of topics! So you’re sure to find something to help.