Moving home is the perfect opportunity to clear life’s clutter. And, like any major task, it is best broken down into a series of easily manageable steps.
When we start to clear out our home, we can’t believe how much we’ve accumulated over the years.
Although rooms remain unused and empty, there still seems an abundance of belongings stored in the wardrobes, drawers and attic – and outside in the garage and shed.
It’s a task which must be tackled sooner rather than later. Your house needs to be tidy and clutter-free the moment it goes on the market for sale.
Estate agents advise it’s best to keep all rooms clutter-free so that their photographs can present the house to best effect. Potential buyers will be able to imagine themselves living there and viewings will work in your favour.
Eventually, when you come to pack up and leave, you can be confident you’re taking with you only what is necessary. Settling in to the first day in your new home becomes much easier than anticipated. Think about decluttering as making space for freedom and you’ll feel much more motivated to part with things you don’t really want.
It’s time for a clear out
When you have decided to move to a new house, it’s often the first time you stop and have a thorough look around at your belongings. It’s likely there is too much to fit into your new home. And much of it is no longer useful (or loved) and will have to go. But where should you start?
Experts advise us to focus on one area at a time: a shelf, a drawer or a cupboard. This makes it a less overwhelming task. Then sort, or allocate, everything into groups. Decide what you are going to sell, donate, recycle or bin. If making a list helps, write down where you are up to, so you can easily pick up where you left off.
- Your local council will remove unwanted fridges, freezers, washing machines, driers and dishwashers free of charge.
- Internet selling sites like Gumtree, eBay and the local marketplace pages on Facebook are useful.
- A local charity or social enterprise may upcycle wooden furniture and restore old bikes to working order.
- Perhaps the Freecycle Network has a group in your town and can find a new love for your unwanted items.
- Hiring a skip will save numerous trips to the tip if you have cleared out everything you’ve marked for the bin.
- Allow time to go through collections of books, CDs and photographs.
Which is the easiest room to clear out? Do that first.
Prepare a floor plan
Now your belongings are at a minimum, where will you put them in your new home?
Sketch out the layout of the rooms in your new home and decide where everything will go. Settling into your tidy new home will be a breeze on moving day.
Tell people you’re moving
Family, friends and service providers will need your new address. Redirect your mail for 3, 6 or 12 months to make sure you continue to receive it.
Notify utilities companies – gas, electricity and water, TV, phone and broadband providers, mobile phone provider, banks and financial service providers (investments, savings, pensions and insurance companies, GP, dentist and optician and subscription services (magazines, food boxes).
Transfer your TV Licence to your new address, update your driving licence (DVLA), tell HMRC of your new address, change your address on the electoral register so you’ll be able to vote, and let your local councils know.
Choosing a removal company
Some people prefer long-established family businesses, others follow the advice and recommendations of friends and family.
- Be confident your removal company is a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) and that your belongings are protected by insurance if there’s a problem.
- Check their customer ratings (on Trustpilot, Google, comparemymove or any other independent review site) to find out what they have done to make other customers’ moves go without a hitch.
- Are they experienced in handling valuable and fragile items?
- Do they recycle packaging materials?
A removal firm will do most of the work for you. Choosing the full ‘done for you’ packing and unpacking service means you’ll settle into your new Arbor Living home more quickly because everything will be put away and ready to use – kettle on, coffee percolated, champagne chilled.
Save even more time and arrange for your old property to be cleaned on moving day before you hand over the keys.
Before you leave
Disconnect the washing machine, remember final meter readings and check you’ve arranged home insurance.
Your new Arbor Living home will be spotless to move into and all utilities will be connected.
Keep the essentials to hand when you arrive – kettle, tea, coffee, milk, mugs, plates, hand wash liquid and towel. Enjoy that first welcome cuppa in your new home.
Whenever you’re tempted to accumulate more stuff, stop and ask yourself, “Do I really want this? If so, why?” Remember how airy and stylish your new home is and pledge to keep it that way.
Opening the door to your new life
Lakeshore covers 20 acres, 9 of them are landscaped parkland with a private lake and island. Burton Waters is an established residential community 10 minutes‘ drive from the city centre, 5 minutes’ walk to the marina and 2 minutes’ walk to David Lloyds Fitness Centre.
Retire to luxury in Lakeshore
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