Simple and Easy Moving Checklist

Simple and Easy Moving Checklist

Simple Moving Checklist discussed by Smartmove North East

Moving home is an extremely busy and stressful time, you might have never moved before and are a first time buyer or you might have moved several times before and your life is very busy. Whatever your situation it’s always good to create your own Simple Moving Checklist which will ensure you know everything you need to do and when, and you won’t miss anything through your selling, buying and moving process.

When you have a Moving Checklist it helps you feel in control knowing what needs to be done and when, and it enables you to get on with your everyday life during the process with minimal stress.

Moving Checklist When Putting Your Home on the Market

Moving is an expensive thing to do and there are lots of costs that you should factor in to check you can afford to move to before you take the first step.

You should know how much equity you have in your home before you put your house on the market so start by looking at similar properties which have sold in your road and area to understand how much your home might sell for. When you have done this, contact your mortgage company and check how much they would be willing to lend you, if you are able to change your mortgage and if there are any charges involved .

Next, you can look at homes for sale in the area online and check if there is anything that matches what you are looking for within your budget.

Make a list of must-have’s for your new home that don’t want to compromise on and the things that are your would like’s that you are willing to compromise on. Keep referring back to your list when you are looking at properties as it’s really easy to get fall in love with a newly renovated or beautifully decorated property which doesn’t actually tick all of your needs and wants.

When you know there are properties you would like to potentially buy within and area and within your budget you should create yourself a moving budget which includes all of the costs associated with moving:

  • Estate Agent Fees
  • Conveyancing/Legal Fees
  • Mortgage Fees
  • EPC Costs
  • Stamp Duty
  • Removal Costs

This allows you to understand how much you can spend on your new home after these costs have been accounted for and will be the financial reality of moving home.

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How to Add Value to your Home before Moving

How to Add Value to your Home before Moving

How to Add Value to your Home before Moving discussed by Smartmove North East

There are some really simple and reasonably quick ways to Add Value to your Home before you put it on the market which will also make it more appealing to potential buyers. The first thing to do is walk around your home and make a list of things you need to do as you go, these can include;

Decluttering

A home will always be much more appealing and feel a lot bigger to potential buyers if the rooms are clean and uncluttered. Declutter by room and take anything you don’t need to the charity shop or try selling it on free local facebook pages or using free selling sites. If you have big items you want to get rid of then advertise them on these sites as well and if they don’t go then advertise them as ‘free to collector’ and this takes away the job of moving them yourself as well as having a vehicle big enough to move them.

Declutter and tidy your loft and garage and this will also save you a lot of time when you move as you will only be taking the belongings that you still need and use.

This is the first step to add value to your home.

Refreshing Paintwork

If you need to refresh any walls, ceilings, skirtings and sills then give them a lick of paint. Using neutral colours and tones will make a room look bigger, be more appealing and feel like more of a blank canvass for potential buyers. If the walls don’t need painting then wipe away any marks with a Magic Eraser Sponge, these are brilliant and wipe away dirt and marks without removing the paint. This will add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers as well as increasing its value as it will look clean and fresh when estate agents come round to value it.

Storage Solutions

Look at the room and decide if you need any storage solutions to ensure your belongings including; toys, paperwork, shoes, clothes aren’t on display when people are viewing your home as this will put them off. You can look for storage on the free selling sites and if you don’t find anything suitable then look in your local DIY shops to see if they have anything suitable. Remember, don’t go over the top with storage as again it can make a room look smaller, cluttered and less appealing.

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Top Tips for Moving House

Top Tips for Moving House

Top Tips for Moving House discussed by Smart Move North East

At Smartmove we understand that moving house can be stressful and take up a huge amount of time whilst you are trying to juggle your everyday life. Read our Top Tips for Moving House for handy hints and tips which will make your life easier and give you the time to enjoy your move.

1) Research and Book your Removal Company Early

Look for professional, reputable and reliable removal companies and invite them round as early as you can to give you quotes for the different services they offer. Using a reputable and larger removal company will ensure your moving day goes smoothly as they will have the expertise and resources needed for any changing circumstances, compared to a smaller company who if they have problems on the day with sickness or their vehicle breaks down you could be let down. Good removal companies will offer the following services which will all vary in cost:

  • Loading you packed boxes from your old home and unloading them into your new home on your move day
  • Packing your home up the day before your move, loading your belongings and unloading them on the day of your move
  • Packing your home up the day before the move, dismantling larger items such as; beds, tables, wardrobes etc and loading and unloading your belongings on your move day
  • Packing your home up the day before the move, dismantling larger items such as beds, tables, wardrobes etc and loading and unloading your belongings into your new home on your move day. Re-assembling your larger items so you are ready to unpack your belongings without the worry of having to do the DIY before you unpack

When you have chosen which Removal Company you want to use then you can give them your estimated removal date and reconfirm it with them when you have exchanged and you have a moving date confirmed. If things start to move and are then delayed which can happen a lot then a good and larger removal company will have the resources to accommodate this so just keep in touch with them and let them know as things change or progress.

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How to Unpack After Moving House

How to Unpack After Moving House

How to Unpack After Moving House – Hints & Tips from Smartmove North East

Moving house is stressful enough and then when you finally have the keys you then have the daunting task of unpacking. We have put together some hints and tips of how to unpack after moving house which will enable you to enjoy your new home quickly and stress-free on your moving day and in the days and weeks after.

The key to a successful and stress-free move is planning and preparation and if you are organised with your packing then unpacking will be so much easier.

Hints & Tips for Packing when Moving House

  • Declutter so you only move the belongings that you actually want to have in your new home
  • Source some good quality boxes with lids that can be taped shut. A good removal company will be able to supply you with these
  • Pack boxes by room, packing the heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Spread the weight of heavier items between your boxes, use smaller items to fill the gaps and bedding and furnishings to wrap fragile items
  • Don’t overfill the boxes so they are bulging or too heavy to lift
  • Use a permanent marker pen to clearly label your boxes
  • Label your boxes by room with an overview of what’s in them so when you get to your new home you can easily find what you need and can prioritise which boxes you unpack first
  • Number your bedrooms and bathrooms (upstairs/downstairs) and, or, put your family’s names on the boxes so your removal team know which bedroom to put each box when they unload
  • Wrap any fragile items in bubble wrap, again good removal companies will be able to provide this for you
  • Seal your boxes securely with good quality tape and always do it on the top and bottom of every box
  • Tape remote controls to the back of your TV’s
  • Pack a moving day survival box which you can go to as soon as you get your keys to your new home. Include things that will get you through the day and pack it into your car so you have it when you first get the keys to your new home. This might include toiletries you might need, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, pyjamas, towels, tea towels, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks, things to keep the children occupied, mugs, the number of plates and knives and forks you need for your first day, kettle, tea and coffee and cleaning products that you will need when you first get into your new home

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Top Tips for Selling Your Home

Top Tips for Selling Your Home

Top Tips for Selling Your Home discussed by Smart Move North East

Selling, buying and moving house can be stressful so we have put together our Top Tips for Selling Your Home which will make things easier for you, your family and ensure you can enjoy the whole experience.

1) Selling Your Home & Preparing for Viewings

There is nothing worse than your estate agent calling you and asking if they can bring someone round to view your house on the same day. If you haven’t spent time preparing your house before you put it up for sale then this can make it stressful and your home won’t seem as appealing as it could do to potential buyers. It also means you will have fewer things to move on moving day and this will make it cheaper when you’re using a removal company

Declutter as much as you can, think about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of and be as brutal as you can with this. Try to sell as much as you can on local facebook pages or free selling sites and if it doesn’t sell then advertise it as ‘free to collector’. This takes the time and hassle of moving large and heavy items yourself and taking them to the tip. Anything you can’t sell, take to charity shops or recycling centres. Don’t forget to include decluttering your roof space, garage, garden shed, and garden when you are doing this. Get everyone involved and make sure everyone knows what their aim is.

Give a room a lick of paint if it needs it and keeps your rooms as clutter-free as you can. Spending money on storage will help with this and if done in the right way will make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.

Keep your home as clean as you can and do little and often and this means if you have that last-minute viewing request you don’t have the stress of knowing your house looks like a bomb has hit it.

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Moving into Student Accommodation

Advice, Tips, FAQ’s for Students Moving into Student Accommodation for the First Time

You may just be thinking about going to University or College and trying to decide if it’s for you, you may have already visited universities that you want to consider and are just waiting for exam results to see if you have secured your place. If any of these apply to you then we understand there is always excitement mixed with nerves when you are thinking about moving into student accommodation and being away from home for the first time to go to university or college.

Moving and living away from home for the first time is a challenge as you are not only learning to live and manage on your own, you are balancing meeting new people, having a new social life as well as taking on probably the hardest study time of your life. This article will tell you everything you need to know about the different types of accommodation you can consider, what you should think about when choosing your accommodation and what you should and shouldn’t take with you in your first year.

If it is your first time moving away from home and to a new City or area of the country then we understand it is a very daunting prospect so we hope that this article will ease your nerves and ensure you know more about the unknowns so you can be prepared and enjoy the build-up to your move.

What Types of Student Accommodation are there?

Halls of Residence Accommodation

Halls of Residence are normally owned by the University or College that you are going to and are generally for first-year students only. Halls of residence are a brilliant way of adjusting to life away from home and they enable you to quickly and easily make new friends who you will be studying with. There are normally a few accommodation options available but these depend on the university or college you are attending. They include; catered/self-catered and ensuite or shared bathroom rooms.

House or Flat Shared Accommodation

House or flat share is the most common type of private student accommodation for students in their second-year upwards. You can spend your first year in halls of residence getting used to university or college life and decide which friends you want and would be best to share with. Most cities with universities will have student accommodation estate agents who will advertise student lets which are flats or houses set up for multi-occupancy.

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Self-Storage FAQ’s Everything you Need to Know

Self-Storage FAQ’s Everything you Need to Know

Self-storage FAQ’s – Find out everything you need to know from the Smartmove Experts

Our Self-storage FAQ’s will give you all the information you need to know, whether you are looking for furniture storage, general belongings storage, business storage, document storage short or long term.

What is storage?

Storage is when you don’t have space for an item and you want to store it so you can use it at a later date. Generally, storage is when belongings are packed into a container or containers and they are kept in a secure and dry location for long periods and when you don’t need access to it. Some companies will offer collection and delivery as a service if you need it.

What is self-storage?

Self-storage tends to be used you want to store items that you still need to be able to access when you need or want to. It could be when you are moving house and you want to store furniture or boxes if you don’t have the room in your new home or whilst you get settled, you might want to clear some space in your home or garage, when you are renovating or redecoration your home or office and you don’t want your items to be damaged whilst it’s going on. Self-storage is a more cost-effective, flexible solution for short or long term needs compared to container storage in a warehouse type storage unit.

Self-storage can be varied in size and can be short or long term and the cost will depend on all of this. Access should be available at all times with either a key, security code or by pre-arrangement. Some companies will offer collection and delivery as a service if you need it.

What is the difference between storage and self-storage?

Storage is normally for items that you want to store for longer periods of time and you don’t need to have access to it compared to self-storage which is a unit that you can access whenever you need to.

What types of storage are there?

There are 3 main types of storage, storage, self-storage and document storage. Storage is when belongings are loaded into a container or pallet and stored long term in a warehouse type facility where you cannot access it. Self-storage is normally individual units that you can arrange your belongings in and access it when you need to. It can be short or long term and will be a highly secure facility. Document storage is a storage option for documents that you don’t need access to regularly and it gives you an option for freeing up space in your workplace.

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Removal Services FAQ’s

Removal Services FAQ’s

Everything you need to know about Removal Services

Moving home is a really daunting process from the time you are looking for your new home, to offering and having your offer accepted, throughout the legal process, to exchange, completion and then moving day. Many people say it’s one of the most stressful things you will do in your life so being organised and knowing everything you can in the build-up and on the day will ease some of the pressure that naturally comes with probably spending the most amount of money you will ever spend in your lifetime. Here are some Removal Services FAQ’s which will help you when you are moving home.

Should I use a Removal Company when moving house?

A good and well-established, reputable removal company will really take out some of the stress on your moving day and in the weeks leading up to your move. They will have the experience, expertise and removal services to manage your move and will be efficient in packing boxes, loading and unloading your belongings so you are out of your house at the time you legally need to be and into your new home as soon as you get the keys.

What should I look for in a Removal Company?

There are lots of removal companies out there and they will range from one person with a van to larger removal companies who have a fleet of vehicles of all sizes to move your belongings as well as a team of removers and removal services. We would always advise that you ask family members and friends for recommendations for removal companies and look at the companies reviews before you book them for your moving day. If you are considering hiring one person with a van always be aware of the potential downfalls of this. Although it will be cheaper it can make your moving day stressful if there is illness or if their van breaks down. A single mover will have to make numerous trips to and from your new home to unload and if they don’t have a vehicle big enough to move all of your belongings in one go then it is really difficult to get out of your existing home in one go at the time you legally have to and where do you store your belongings whilst they are being moved in several journeys whilst you are waiting for the keys to your new home.

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Spruce up your Home in Newcastle

Spruce up your Home in Newcastle

How to Spruce up your Home in Newcastle to Sell

Discussed by Smart Move North East Removals – Spring is coming and whether you are looking to sell or you want to Spruce up your Home in Newcastle to stay in then our top tips will help.

When the nicer weather and the lighter evenings start it can highlight areas in your home that need a good clean, tidy or lick of paint and in general we all feel a bit more motivated to get those jobs done. If you are thinking of selling your home then sprucing it up before you get it valued is always a good idea to ensure you get the best price, or if you are staying in your home then a spruce up will make you fall in love with it all over again.

Most house buyers will want to view a property and be more likely to make an offer on it if it is clutter-free, clean and fresh so checking your home room by room is the best way to start and will make it feel less daunting. Spring is the time when the highest number of homes are sold in the UK so don’t miss the opportunity and start your spruce up now.

Newcastle and the surrounding areas is now a prime location for people wanting to move to or in the North East so if you do it right your house won’t be on the market for long.

So, start with the inside of your home and when you’ve finished the inside you can then start to look at what needs doing outside as the weather gets warmer.

Make yourself a plan of which room you will declutter and give a deep clean and when. It’s great to make a list as crossing a room off your list is so satisfying. When you are clearing and decluttering a room ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • When did I last use this item?
  • What purpose does it have for me or my home?
  • Can I sell it or does it need to be taken to a charity shop or the tip?

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