You’re moving house, not moving clutter!
Some very good friends of ours moved house last month. A month on, this lovely family is still working hard on finding a place for its belongings, in spite of the fact that a great deal of decluttering was done prior to moving day itself.
At this time of year, on top of developing plans for the holiday season, people often strive also to complete a house move. How many times have you heard, “It’s OK. We’ll be in by Christmas!”?
So, what if you were thinking of a move, but hadn’t yet set the wheels in motion? Maybe you’re thinking about a move next spring? Here are my top 5 tips for moving house:
- Declutter before you even put the house on the market
- Keep it clean
- Spend less time and money on packing and removals
- Enjoy a more productive start to life in your new home
- Focus on the things that add value, not on the things that don’t
Declutter before you put the house on the market
You’ll make your home more appealing to potential buyers and, critically, your space will be ready when the promotional photographs are taken. Attracting people to come and view is your goal; make it a no-brainer for potential buyers.
Keep it clean
Less clutter means you’ll find it so much easier to keep your home clean for viewings.
Spend less time and money on packing and removals
Less clutter means less packing = reduced removals cost. The more boxes you move, the more it costs. Removal companies will size up your stuff when costing their quote. Make it easy for them and reduce the overall cost for you.
Enjoy a more productive start to life in your new home
Spend less time unpacking, sorting and shelving and more time enjoying your new space. If you have thought long and hard about what to take with you, it’ll be so much easier to find your belongings a new home when you finally arrive there.
Focus on the things that add value, not on the things that don’t.
Remember your ‘why’. Why did you move in the first place? To have a bigger garden? To enable the kids to have more space? To enjoy a different layout or spend more time enjoying home-cooked meals and time with friends?
Some time spent decluttering upfront will really reap benefits later, so think about it now. Maybe you might even look differently upon your existing home, as you uncover a life you really love beneath the clutter.