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.

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Moving your delicate or antique furniture? 7 tips to reduce the stress

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According to a recent article in The Express, moving home is one of the most stressful times in people’s lives; and if you’re moving abroad, worried about losing sentimental items, or moving delicate or antique furniture, those stress levels can go through the roof. To help you cope with at least one of these aspects, here are a few tips to make sure your furniture reaches its destination undamaged.

Once Should Be Enough

You should be planning your move so that your delicate items are moved as little as possible. If you have thought about the order that your things will be placed into the transportation, and labelled them with the rooms they will go into on arrival, then they’ll only need to be moved once. If you haven’t, they could be moved from pillar to post all through the move. The more times an item is moved, the more chance of damage to it; so plan well and move once.

Break it down

Antique furniture is often impossible to break down, but modern delicate furniture may have parts that can be separated, and if at all possible, do so. This will make packing the furniture easier and a less complicated shape will be easier to secure.

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Box it

Packing crates are vital if you have expensive items, and are even more important if those items also happen to be antique. The boxes are used to separate individual items from each other, and to stop potential damage as they move around and bang into each other. It is not as simple as placing items in boxes though, and packing materials will be needed to stop movement. Most removals companies will have professionals to do this for you, and you should consider this if you are truly worried about your delicates

Take your time

If you rush your move, you’re inviting disaster; and this is especially true if you are packing yourself. Plan ahead and decide where each packing case or item will go in the new property, and take the time you need to wrap everything individually. Have storage boxes delivered early and fill them at your own pace, and, if you have no space for them when they’re full, use a removal company that can organise storage for you (click here for a great example), as you don’t want to be wasting time moving boxes and crates around your home.

Know your route

You may feel that you know the layout of your home like the back of your hand, but you still need to plan the route your furniture is going to take. Make sure your furniture will have a smooth journey to the removal van by the simplest route, and use a spotter to make sure there are no bumps & bangs en route.

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Care when lifting

Make sure you’re super careful when lifting delicate items, and always support the weight from underneath. Never pick up furniture by the handles, arms, or legs, and never drag it across the floor. Even putting the furniture into a crate can be a delicate operation (especially if it has to be lifted in), and extra care will be needed if the furniture has to be lifted above waist height. Remember that a trolley is your friend and will reduce the chances of anything being dropped.

Insurance

Your home insurance may give you some cover on your contents, but will it insure your move? Most home insurance won’t cover a house move, so you may need to top it up. The Insurance Information Institute has some great information about what you should be looking for in home insurance, so research what to look for before taking out or extending a policy.

Knowing how to approach a problem is the easiest way to reduce stress. So, by combining these tips with good individual packing practices, you’ll get your furniture to its destination in great condition. Your removal company will already be using many of these ideas, but, if you know too, it can only help your peace of mind.

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Welcome Home: Tips for the perfect house-warming

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After you sign the papers, hire the movers and unload all of your boxes, it’s time for the house-warming. Your celebration doesn’t have to break the bank. After all, you just bought a new home. Add a few touches of personality here and there to make your home uniquely you. Here’s how to plan and prepare for the perfect house-warming.

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Keep the guest list small

Sure, all of your friends and family will be dying to see your new place. But before you invite everyone and their plus-ones, figure out how many people your new home can comfortably hold. Since you’ve only just moved in, you may need to improvise when it comes to seating, or justify a standing-room-only approach.

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(Not) fully-furnished

Although you may want to show off your home when, and only when, it’s decorated like the living spaces you’ve seen in magazines, this sort of thinking is not realistic. Your friends and family will be anxiously waiting to see your new home, don’t keep them waiting too long. By adding a few hints of your personal style, like accented walls, artwork and your existing furniture, you can throw together a stylish space in no time without feeling bad about possibly redecorating in the future as you accumulate more furnishings.

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Table-setting

If you opt to have a small house-warming with only your closest friends and family, consider breaking in the kitchen and having a dinner party. Serve your dinner on a set of stylish tableware, like Z Gallerie’s Origami collection and choose napkins and cutlery to match. If you’re on a budget, check out Zazzle’s collection of disposable and customisable paper plates. Choose a dinner party theme and decorate with a vase or two of fresh-cut flowers. Use one vase or use multiple vases to create a statement all while making your new home feel welcoming. Be cautious, too much tablescape décor can quickly turn into a mistake if there’s no room for the food or refreshments.

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To register or not to register

While house-warming registries do exist, they should be left for weddings and baby showers. It’s not wrong to ask for what you want, but it is bold and some may consider these types of registries tacky. If your guests do decide to bring gifts, accept them graciously. In most cases house-warming gifts are modest, like a bottle of wine for example. Whatever the gift, be sure to send a handwritten thank-you note to the gift giver after your house-warming.

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The basics

It’s wise to wait until you’ve been in your space for a bit before hosting a house-warming, but sometimes the big move into a new, permanent home is just too exciting not to share with the rest of the world. If you really want to wow your guests in the days after you’ve just moved in, be sure that you’ve got everything unpacked and ready to use if you think you’ll need it. Be sure that your cloakroom is furnished with the proper toiletries, like hand towels and other personal items, and if you’re cooking for your house-warming be sure that you have all of your ingredients unpacked. Without preparation, your house-warming could turn into a nightmare.

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10 ways to help your home sell faster

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You’ve made the decision to move on – and now the hard work begins. You may have great memories of the property where your children grew up or you progressed in your career, but to the home-buyer that means nothing; their memories are still to be created. Here are ten quick ways to help your home sell faster and boost your chances of moving to your next abode.

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De-clutter for visits

If you’ve made the decision to move, then your personal effects will need to be packed up at some point – so why not start now? Pack away the personal photographs and travel memorabilia, wall certificates, photographs and kids’ paintings, with the aim of creating a canvas onto which a visitor can mentally stamp their authority.

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Let other people love your home

Garish room colours such as dark reds, purples and blues might be perfect for your lifestyle, but for a potential buyer it represents redecoration at best, and rejection at worst. Regard it from the viewpoint of someone coming into the home fresh, with new ideas for rooms, which they’ll visualise more easily if they’re pastel colours.

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Get those jobs done

The niggly, nasty little jobs that you’ve been putting off for months or years need to be done if they’re a real barrier to the sale. Guttering upgrades, crack repairs, and broken windows might need professional help, but replacing doorknobs and skirting boards could be done in a day or so by the owner and could tip the balance in a buyer’s eyes.

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Update the kitchen

Alongside the bathroom, this is the one room where old age can’t be hidden easily by removing items for the photographs. Dirty units and old-fashioned trimmings will drag down the overall picture of the house; while a modern, clean kitchen might catch the eye. We’re not talking big money – just enough for it to become a positive talking point for the estate agent.

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Leaving behind?

Transporting some items is more hassle than benefit; sheds, integrated TVs, cookers and the like are the types of furniture that might not add value to your home, but might a) give a good impression, b) look nice and prevent disruption and c) enable the buyer to sell their own counterpart items.

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Get recording

You’ve got a mobile phone or a small video/DSLR camera, so make use of it. A walk through your lovely home is one thing, but why not go further by taking potential buyers on a leafy tour through the local amenities, pubs, shops, leisure facilities, parks and other attractions. If they’ll agree, enlist neighbours and friends as well.

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Go online

The quick house sale and online estate agency markets are booming, with much of the donkey work such as photography, floor plans and advertising on property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla done for you through sites such as HouseSimple.com. It’s certainly worth a look if time is of the essence – for example, if one needs to move to start a new job.

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Utilise social media

That video should not only find its way to YouTube and Vimeo, but other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Accompany it with lovely pictures, a PDF of particulars for downloading and contact details. The trick is to make something that’s interesting enough for friends & followers to share, encourage and positive comments.

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Don’t forget the exterior…

The external walls and the garden are part of your home, and a spot of weeding/raking to the latter and painting of the former – and therefore protecting it from sun, wind and rain for future owners – could be worth it. Keep a tin of the paint and the receipt if completed by a professional decorator, to prove the job has been done recently.

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…and additional space

According to the Royal Horticultural Society (as reported in The Independent) three times as many front gardens are now completely paved over compared to a decade ago, for reasons such as people can’t be bothered with gardens and need parking spaces. If your property boasts its own parking space make sure this is highlighted, and emphasise that it is near to any attractions (if true). A happy medium would be a combination of parking and grassed area, of course; shout from the rooftops if you possess this treasure.

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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!

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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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