The sale of our home seems to be going through quite smoothly this time around and we really are hoping that it is a case of third time lucky *touches wood*. Contracts have been signed but not yet exchanged, and, while we won’t be making solid plans until contracts have been exchanged we have started preparing to move home. Hopefully this will minimise the risk of living in a cardboard city and make moving home with a toddler and two cats as stress free as possible, if that is even possible.
- Consider hiring out storage – While we don’t want to pack everything up just yet we do have a lot of crap taking up room that we don’t use. For example, all of Aria’s bits and pieces from when she was a newborn that we are holding on to in readiness for when Spencer ever agrees to have another baby (you know what they say – new home, new baby, wink, wink!). A lot of these items are bulky, in the way and gathering dust. These could be sorted and shipped off to LOVESPACE for storage now and then retrieved at a more suitable date, after the move or maybe even longer term when/if baby number two eventually comes along. I specifically mention LOVESPACE because they are cheap and actually quite fantastic. As a busy mam I struggle for time, we also can’t fit too much in the car if Aria is with us, for someone so small she takes up a lot of space in that back seat! LOVESPACE take this hassle away and collect your items from your door, and will return them to you the following day after you request them. As well as being reasonably priced and convenient they are actually quite lovely and are giving my readers £20 off with the code LOVELEANNE, which expires on 31 December 2017.
- Consider childcare before agreeing on a completion date – When you are eager to move it can be super tempting to say yes to the earliest completion date available, but don’t just snap it up for the sake of it. Before agreeing to any date check if that there is someone available to look after your children for you – preferably over night the night before. This will save multiple stresses including accidentally packing your toddler in with the Tupperware.
- Consider placing any pets into a shelter – Not too dissimilar to the childcare situation, I also don’t want to pack my cats in with the tupperware, or even worse, be ready to move and realise that they’ve gone out for a long stroll chasing mice and are no where to be seen. Likewise we don’t want them at the new property when the doors are open and people are back and forth moving things. It will freak them out and they are quite likely to bolt it, which wouldn’t be good in a new area. We are considering local cateries or staying with a relative.
- Start decluttering now – Decluttering is hard work, both emotionally and physically, and also very time consuming, especially with a curious toddler around. As soon as we agreed a sale I started decluttering one drawer a week and taking a bag of clothes to the charity shop on my weekly trip to town. Ideally you should start doing this as soon as you put your house on the market, or even before. If you don’t want to part with anything it is still a good idea to declutter ahead of the move, maybe consider sending your less used items away to LOVESPACE ahead of the move for temporary storage.
If you aren’t able to make it to a charity shop yourself you will be glad to know about LOVESPACE‘s partnership with Oxfam, you simply order a donation box from their website, they send you the boxes, collect the boxes and send them to Oxfam for you.
- Start collecting boxes & packaging – Whenever we receive something that comes in a nice sturdy box we flat pack the box, likewise if something comes wrapped in a lot of bubble wrap, we put the bubble wrap to the side. While most removal firms will provide boxes and pack things for you we are trying to do this on as much of a budget as possible and will be packing our own things to save costs.
- Start making lists of where you will need to update your address – Whenever you receive something important in the post make a note of the companies name and phone number. You will need to change your address at a lot of places and will probably forget some of them. Start jotting them down now and you are less likely to miss anyone out.
- Plan the layout of your new home – Take measurements of your new home and plan where your large items of furniture will go, they can be placed straight into that room to save you the hassle of moving things around later. You may realise that some furniture is too large/redundant so now is a good time to get rid of that. List it on a facebook buying group or Gumtree if you want to make money, otherwise a lot of charities will collect furniture for free, but they often have long waiting lists.
This is how we will be preparing to move home, do you have anything to add to the list? Don’t forget to let LOVESPACE take the hassle of storage away from you – enter code LOVELEANNE to receive a £20 discount which expires on 31 December 2017.
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