5 Reasons to move to a new place

5 Reasons to move to a new place

Making the move to a new place is a big change in one’s life. There’s a lot of work to be done, requiring effort, time and some money. Fortunately, companies like Chicago movers are willing to help you make that bold move much easier. Some people, like digital nomads and backpackers, are used to living from place to place, other people find it very challenging – and treat it as a decision that needs very careful thought and planning.

For the hesitant minds, you may be able to finally push through with your moving plans by realising its enormous benefits, and they include the following:

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  1. Making new friends and broadening your network

One primary benefit of moving to another place is the chance to meet new people. You can surround yourself with new individuals that will help you grow as a person. Having new friends can give you different perspectives in life, help you discover new interests and generally make you feel better about yourself. Similarly, a new place will give you the chance to broaden your network to find business opportunities or career advancements.

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  1. Breaking the usual routine

They say that life is an adventure. Living day to day with monotony can really sap enthusiasm and take the excitement out of life. With a new place to live, you can explore unknown surroundings and discover exciting locations. Starting over can provide you with real inspiration, instilling a mindset to pursue fresh hobbies and interests.

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  1. Creating new experiences

New places mean new things to try out, destinations to visit, shops to browse, and food to discover. New cities & towns can offer marvellous experiences you’ve never tried before. This is even more profound with a cross-culture relocation as you get to learn and experience more about other people’s way of life. Even new locations just a few hours’ drive from your old stomping ground will certainly have something different to offer.

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  1. Feeling free

Your existing neighbourhood can tie you to a lot of things – the usual circle of people, the same old things to do, and a routine that can take its toll on your mental health. Moving to a new area can give you a sense of freedom. And, with the amazing communications that modern technology allows, you can maintain any contacts that you wish to keep – there’s no need to lose your existing friends.

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  1. Improving yourself

A new situation can reveal a new, perhaps better version of yourself. Maybe you’ve become a bit bogged down and unfulfilled – perhaps losing a bit of self-confidence in the process. New challenges might help you to become more independent and fearless. You’ll discover a lot of things about yourself as you rise to fresh challenges – a more empowered individual might be the result.

There are countless good reasons to move, with much to discover along the way. Life’s not meant to be stagnant – so if you feel a bit stuck in a rut, move out and be free.


Moving house hints & tips from the professionals

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Thousands of people move house every year in the UK and most of them find the task to be mammoth and one that causes a great deal of worry, anxiety and stress. You can make the process of moving house a lot easier on yourself if you take some advice from people who know all about the ordeal and understand how to make it go as smoothly as possible.

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Use self-storage

Before moving house, it’s wise to decide which items you’re going to bring with you, which you want to dispose of and which you’d like to have put into storage. Make a note of this and call in the self-storage experts way before the removal van shows up. This way, you’ll have cleared the things that you don’t want to take with you to the new house. And so, by the time the movers come to collect your things, you can simply tell them to take everything. This way, the process is less confusing and time consuming.

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Change your address in advance

To avoid missing any important mail, change your address well in advance of the moving day. Some of the important ones to tell include your bank, place of work, utility companies, insurance companies, council tax office, doctor and dentist. You may want to change it on your favourite online stores too such as Amazon and eBay so that any deliveries you order will show up at the right address. Don’t forget to do the same with any subscriptions to which you‘re signed up. To be on the safe side, you can pay the post office to redirect your mail to prevent anything going astray. This is a good idea because you can’t rely on the new residents at your previous home to forward it on to you or to keep hold of it for you to collect.

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Start packing early

According to the BBC, you should calculate how many boxes you need in advance so that you don’t run out halfway through packing. They also suggest that you ‘don’t completely fill large boxes, as they will be too heavy to move’ and that you should use sturdy packing boxes for heavy items in case the box falls through and damages your belongings. Packing early will ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to get things sorted out before the move. The process of packing the contents of your entire house routinely takes far longer than anticipated. It’s a good idea to pack one room at a time and label each box so that the unpacking process will run a lot more smoothly.

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Pack a ‘moving day’ box

Pack a special box or boxes containing items you’ll probably need to access as soon as you get to your new place. Cleaning products, phone chargers, pet food – and don’t forget your kettle and tea & coffee making supplies!

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Before the move

Before you move into your new home, it’s advised that you do a good sweep over the property. Give it a good clean and then make sure to check utility meters, take readings and make sure the electricity, gas, water, smoke detectors and such are in proper working order. Prime Location advises movers to contact your solicitor if you arrive at your new home and find that items that were included in the sale (curtains, carpets etc.) are not present. They also suggest that new residents should consider getting any door and window locks changed on your new property because ‘you never know who the previous owners may have given spare keys to in the past.’

Hopefully we’ve helped lessen the anxiety of your upcoming house move. Best of luck in your new home!


The hidden costs of moving house

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When it comes to moving house, there is an abundance of things we all have to consider in order to make the move go as smoothly as possible.

Even before you sell your house or tell your landlord it’s time to bring in new tenants, the journey has already begun. Having people over for viewings? That’s a good few hours cleaning, at least! Make sure you hide anything you wouldn’t want your mum to see, and ensure there’s nothing to cause you embarrassment on the day. If you’re not exactly OCD prone, perhaps you should hire in an expert. There you go, the costs are adding up already…

When you’ve found somewhere else to go, the stress really starts. Finding a company to move your stuff, taking time off work and buying furniture to fit the new place really takes its toll. If you’re downsizing, you may be looking to sell furniture in which case, you’ll need to consider how to do it. Car boot sales may be easy but, these days, people are looking for something for nothing, as they say. They’re great for getting rid of large amounts of stuff in bulk, but if you’re after the money, meticulous pre-planning using eBay and other selling sites is what you need to be doing.

Of course, if you’re moving somewhere bigger, you’ll need more stuff to fill more rooms. Spare beds, kitchen table – all those luxuries you might never have had the space to hold in the past. Remember, when you buy a house, you buy a home. You want to fill it with things that give it personality, but these things invariably cost, whether or not you’ve snagged yourself a bargain.

There are so many costs to account for when moving, that it’s almost impossible to predict. There are a lot of costs associated with the actual move itself though, that tend to be similar across the board. Deposits are a huge consideration (which are out-pricing so many first time buyers, especially), and then you have to think about things like agency fees, removal vans and everything else.

In all honesty, it’s quite the headache, so you’re probably best just working it all out with this calculator, instead. At the very least it’ll give you a starting point, so why not take the plunge and see just how prepared you really are?

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Making Moving Day Stylish – The smart way to pack

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Moving day is fast approaching and packing needs to start in earnest… but what do you prioritise, cost-effective packing; care of valuables; easy unpacking at the other end? Happily, by packing smart it’s possible to manage all of these priorities and still have energy for the excitement of the move!

These top tips have been compiled by a family run removals firm with over 15 years’ experience packing up people’s belongings and transporting them the length and breadth of the country.

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Cost-effective packing

• Once you know a move’s imminent, save packaging from parcels and purchases to recycle for your own packing (get others to pass theirs on to you as well).
• Use household linens as additional packing. Items such as towels, tea towels, linens and tablecloths can all be used to wrap fragile goods – a considerable environmental and wallet saving on bubble wrap!
• Use the local pound shop for everything else you need: labels, tape, string, marker pens, self-seal bags – no need to spend unnecessarily in this area by buying branded goods.
• Gather plenty of boxes well in advance, either from your removal company or by collecting your own from local shops and supermarkets.

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Purposeful packing – with the other end in mind

• Don’t leave it all until the last minute: plan to pack each room over a couple of days or evenings, depending on your work schedule.
• Don’t pack for the sake of it: now’s the time to purge your home of things you don’t like / want / use.
• Taking everything you need into each room with you makes packing quicker and more productive.
• Think relative size for wrapping: if your lounge holds all your tiny ornaments, make sure you take your napkins and smaller linens in there, ready for wrapping, along with smaller boxes. Similarly, keep your clean towels and linens close to hand in the kitchen and dining room for your crockery and bigger dishes.
• Consider relative size and weight for packing: pack heavy items into suitably sized boxes which can be lifted without injury.
• Think too about any extra rooms you’re gaining at the other end. So if you’re gaining a conservatory, identify the items you’ll want in there by visiting each room in your current home and gathering the items. Then it’s a case of packing them into the boxes marked ‘conservatory’ before you pack up the rest of each room.
• Ensure that every single box is labelled with the room it’s intended for at the other end.
• Dedicate an area of your current home for your vital, still-in use items – this tends to end up being the kitchen because the kettle’s always in use until the last moment! Keep a plastic folder there too of all vital documentation to do with the move, including identification documents, so that it’s all to hand on the day and not accidentally packed away.

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Care of valuables

• If you have some extremely valuable pieces, you may want to let a trusted family member take care of these for a few days over the moving period or move these yourself.
• If you’re keeping your valuables with you, pack them in boxes marked for a person, along with a mark, such as an asterisk. Make sure everyone in your household knows what this mark means and use a trusted family member to be responsible for these particular boxes at all times. This is a useful job for a relative who’s helping with their car (so long as their insurance covers all eventualities).
• Finally, on that note, the smartest way to pack for a move is to ensure that your contents and car insurance and / or your remover’s insurance covers all of your possessions whilst they’re in transit as well as sitting around in boxes.


Community Coordinator, Alex Murray, says:

“Alliance Removals is a family-run removals firm (established in 1997) with a strong emphasis on making moving home as flexible and as easy as possible. Knowing how to pack your belongings effectively and efficiently may not seem like the world’s greatest skill but we’re all a bit jealous when we see people getting on the plane for a two week holiday with just hand luggage and moving home should be no different!”