Buying a home can be nerve-racking, daunting, exciting and incredibly stressful all at once. Especially if you’re a first-time buyer. With this in-mind we’ve put together five essential tips to make the process as simple as possible, save you money and avoid common mistakes.
Prep, prep and more prep
When it comes to preparing for the big move, you can’t get started early enough. Here are six useful tips that will make the big move as easy as possible.
- Visit your local shop or supermarket to stock up on cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes. Crates, plastic storage boxes and thick bin liners are also good to pack bigger items. Begin by packing items that you hardly use such as books and sentimental ornaments.
- Pack boxes by room and label them clearly, so they can be immediately taken to the correct room after being unloaded. Make some quick signs for each room that correspond with the box labels.
- Invest in some plastic wrap to protect your furniture during the move.
- Pack a suitcase with a change of clothes, medication and your toothbrush so you’ll have all your essential items to hand.
- Don’t forget to redirect your post to your new address.
- Set unpacking goals, don’t put pressure on yourself to do it all in one day and decide on how many boxes you’ll unpack each day – one or two is completely acceptable.
Buying things for your new home
It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of moving into your first home, but put off buying those items that you’ve always wanted until you’ve got a feel for your new place.
It’s recommended that you order larger pieces of furniture such as a sofa, bed or wardrobe, well in advance, as it may take months for these items to be delivered. Make sure you measure the space in your new home to ensure that the furniture will fit as well as you thought it would.
Home removals and storage
Once you start packing, you’ll realise just how much stuff you own – it’s impossible to fit your life-long possessions into your car, so think about hiring a large van or better still book a removals company. This will take some of the stress out of the move as they will do all the carrying and lifting for you. To make things a little easier on the other end dismantle large furniture such as beds and wardrobes so they can fit through the front door and up the stairs.
There’s no denying it, moving home is stressful! So, try everything that will lighten the load. As an added treat you could order a takeaway on the first night to save on cooking and washing up time. If you have children or pets, get a pet/babysitter to keep them out of harm’s way.
The big clean
Once you’re all moved in, it’s time for the big clean. Make a cleaning hamper filled with rubber gloves, bin liners, mops, sponges and disinfectant to ensure you have everything you need for a thorough clean.
One cleaning task to undertake in a new environment is to wash down the walls, use a solution of water and vinegar, paying close attention to corners, where dirt and cobwebs collect, and areas up to waist-level if the previous owners had kids. To give the carpets a deep clean use a cordless vacuum such as the H-Free C300, featuring a wide foot and large brush bar to effectively remove dust and dirt from deep within the pile.
Make friends with the neighbours
Make a good first impression by introducing yourself to your new neighbours and let them know if you’re planning any noisy building work or big deliveries, this will shape the foundations for a long and happy friendship.