Moving Tips & Advice

Useful tips and information to help with your home or office move.

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The arrival of a new year often prompts many of us to make a raft of sweeping changing, from giving up bad habits to getting fitter, but if the new year means it's time to think about moving home, our tips will help you to get your home ready to put on the market and in preparation for those viewings! Preparing to move home

Start researching local property prices

You might already have an idea of what you'd like to sell your property for, but now is a good time to start paying careful attention to what's on the market in your area. Make sure you're comparing like for like, and remember that being on a different road or in a different postcode area can significantly change the valuation of your own home. You don't want to price yourself out of the market, but at the same time, you want to be able to command the best possible price for your property, so doing some research now will give you a clearer idea before it's time to get a valuation from an estate agent.

Work out when you want to move

It takes an average of about 9 weeks to sell a property, but in an uncertain economy, it can take significantly longer. That said, it's worth working out a timeline and planning backwards from when you ideally want to be moving into a new home. If you want to move in the summer holidays for example, you'll want to ensure your property is ready to put on the market by Easter. Easter is a great time of year to put your property up for sale anyway, as it's generally the most buoyant time of year for the property market. The flip side however is that at this time of year there can be glut of properties competing for buyers.

Tidy up the garden

Don't ignore your garden, make sure you get out those gardening gloves (and a warm coat!) and get out into the garden to give it a spruce up before you think of putting your home on the market. Don't miss our article 10 Quick Ways To Spruce Up Your Garden Before Putting Your Property Up For Sale. Preparing to move home

Declutter your home

When it comes to moving home there are lots of things to do, so we'd recommend making sure that you start the decluttering process as soon as possible as this will make staging your home for viewings much easier. Decluttering can take longer than you might expect as the typical family home accumulates heaps of stuff over the years, and doing it little by little helps spread the load, ensuring you're not flat out in the days before your house goes on the market. We've got lots of tips for helping you to declutter your home here.

Research local estate agents

Estate agents get a bad rap, but for many, they are an essential part of the house moving process. If you can, get recommendations from friends and family or take a look at online reviews so you can make sure that when you're ready to put your house on the market, you can go straight to your favoured estate agent.

Create a checklist

Everyone loves a list, right? Now is a great time to create a checklist so you'll have a list of tasks you can refer back to. Make sure you include everything you can think of, from getting your house valued through to booking the removals van or ordering crates for your move. Pin Me! Preparing to move home For tips and information on all things moving related, follow us on FacebookLinkedin or Twitter

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Do it methodically, room by room

The most important thing to do after your move is to make sure you’re methodical. Unpack room by room and get as much done in each room as you can before moving on.

Start with your moving day essentials box

We’ve blogged about the importance of packing moving day essentials box, so now is the time to open it up. It should contain all of those essentials like your kettle, tea and coffee, cleaning products and so on. Take a walk around your new home and see if anything needs cleaning – it’s much easier to clean before you start unpacking so now is the ideal time to give and grubby surfaces and the bathroom the once over. Then we recommend a well-earned cuppa before continuing!

Don’t be tempted to start with the little things

Although it’s the little decorative elements like pictures, ornaments that make a home, these should be last on your list to deal with. If you’ve followed our advice on packing boxes ready to move home, you’ll have labelled your boxes so you’ll know exactly what’s inside each box. Avoid temptation and leave boxes containing ornaments and knick-knacks in the garage or inside a different room and deal with the big things first.

Start with the kitchen

Starting your unpacking with the kitchen is practical and means that at least you’ll be able to stop for a well earned rest with a cuppa and a quick bite to eat. You won’t need to unpack absolutely everything (the food mixer and pasta maker can probably remain in your boxes or crates for some time!), but getting the basics like the kettle and toaster unpacked along with any food you’ve transported with you is a great place to start. Remember that appliances like fridges and freezers need to stand for a little while before they are switched on too, so make sure you refer to your manufacturers safety instructions before you turn them on. Tips for unpacking after moving home

Then move on to the bathroom

After the kitchen, it’s a good idea to move onto the bathrooms, making sure you’ve got toilet roll, towels, soap etc. in place means they will be functional should nature call. It also means you’ll be able to take a shower before you finally collapse into bed.

After the bathroom, move on to bedrooms

After you’ve got the kitchen and bathroom sorted it’s time to move upstairs and take care of the bedrooms. The master bedroom and kids bedrooms need to be a priority, and if you do have young kids, you’ll probably want to start with their rooms so you can get them into bed at a decent time. Once you’ve dealt with the kids bedrooms, it’s time to move on to the master bedroom. Get the beds reassembled, bed sheets on and then move on to things like bedside tables and lamps. Tips for unpacking after moving home

Rearrange furniture and bulky items

Once these rooms are sorted, turn your attention to moving bulky items of furniture into place. Make sure you practice safe lifting techniques to minimise the chances of injuring yourself. If you’ve hired a professional removals company, make sure they put any heavy items in the right locations for you to help minimise the amount of furniture and heavy box moving you’ll have to do once they leave. Now’s the time to get all of your appliances in place and set up, flopping in front of the TV with a takeaway might be the order of the day!

Finally, make your new house a home

Once you’ve done all of the above, it’s finally time to start turning your house into a home. Unpack the rest of your clothing and put them into drawers and wardrobes. Put treasured ornaments out and over the next few days hang pictures on the walls, put up curtains and blinds and place your rugs. Don’t beat yourself up if a few days later you still have random boxes tucked away in the garage that remain un-opened, do these when you find the time…and energy! Remember too that if you've hired crates from us, you can easily extend your rental agreement with us, so you can take as much time as you to get round to unpacking everything.

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History Of Crates

The first crates used to transport goods were tea crates, also known as tea chests; used to pack and export tea leaves from the other side of the world. Tea crates were made from wood, and riveted at the edges with metal binding strips; making them hard wearing for long journeys across the globe. The inside of the container was lead-lined to help keep the tea fresher for longer, but this was later replaced with aluminium foil, as this was safer for health. The rigid container was only used for a single trip; making a handy storage box when empty. Tea chests became the perfect solution for storing and transporting items; ideal for moving home or relocating office, and have become a sought-after item in interior design. old wooden box

Modern Plastic Crates

As wood became more unsustainable, plastic crates came in to play. The plastic used in our containers is Polypropylene (PP); a food-grade plastic used in bottle tops, car bumpers and appliances. This added toughness and strength to modern plastic crates, making them very durable and reusable for many years. With Recycle Week coming up this September, make sure you read our 'Plastic & Card: All Things Recycling At Crate Hire UK' blog.

Benefits Of Plastic Crates

Plastic crates are weatherproof and lighter to handle than wooden crates, so they’re still the easiest option and the UK’s removal industries number one choice when moving and storing items for the home and office.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose Crate Hire UK:

  • Fast, next day delivery
  • Easy online ordering
  • 100% UK coverage
  • Competitive prices
  • Multiple depot locations
  • Timed deliveries
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Types Of Plastic Crates At Crate Hire UK

Here at Crate Hire UK, we have a variety of crate options for your home or office. Tough, secure and easy to handle; we stock heavy-duty plastic storage boxes in both small and large, in vast quantities. The space saving design helps them to nest inside each other when empty. Nearly all of our moving boxes have attached lids to secure your belongings safely. When full, the attached lid can be closed shut and used to stack crates on top. Handles are moulded into the crates for easy handling too. You can buy crates or hire crates from us online. We can supply heavy-duty plastic crates in many colours, with the option to add your logo and telephone number to your crates:
  • LC1 - Small Plastic Moving Crate / 25ltr Small Removal Storage Crate
  • LC2 - Medium Plastic Moving Crate
  • LC3 - 80ltr Standard Removal Storage Crate
  • CH3 - Standard Plastic Moving Crate
  • A6 - Metre Long Unlidded Plastic Moving Crate
  • LC6 - Metre Long Plastic Moving Crate / 130ltr Metre Long Removal Storage Crate
  • LC6F - Plastic File Crate
  • IT2 - Plastic Computer Crate / 140ltr Large Removal Storage Crate
  • IT1 - Large Computer Crate / 165ltr Very Large Removal Storage Crate
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  • Cardboard boxes or plastic crates (wondering which is best? Find out here)
  • Marker pens
  • Sticky labels (optional)
  • Packaging tape (plenty of it, you'll get through lots, especially if you're using cardboard boxes)
  • Tape dispenser (trust us, this makes life SO Much easier and makes a great investment)
  • Old newspaper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Dust or padded protective sheets/blankets for large items of furniture

13 house move packing tips to minimise breakages

1. Avoid over packing boxes

Don't make the mistake of over packing cardboard boxes and making them so heavy that the bottom drops out! As well as ensuring the bottom of boxes are securely taped, as you pack, test the weight of the box to ensure you're not making it too heavy to handle safely.

2. Start with rooms and items you use least

Start off as early as possible by packing up the rooms you use least, then pack methodically room by room if you can.

3. Label your boxes with what's inside and the room they go in

Always mark your boxes on the outside so once packed, you'll know what's inside. As well as labeling boxes with, for example "saucepans & cutlery" you might also want to clearly state which room it will go in too, it might not always be clear. For example you might store common kitchen items in your utility room, garage or a pantry, so always mark the room the items belong in clearly on each box too.

4. Don't make boxes too heavy to life safely

Test the weight of boxes as you pack them to ensure they don't end up too heavy to pick up safely. Also remember that large boxes will naturally contain more inside them so can end up being very heavy and a 2-person job to handle. If this is the case, you might want to add "heavy load" stickers to affected boxes. How to pack boxes when moving home

5. Invest in a tape dispenser

A tape dispenser makes life much easier when it comes to assembling and securing cardboard moving boxes. Seriously, the manual cutting of tape to put boxes together is a major faff and tape dispenser makes super light work of the task.

6. Be generous with your packaging

Make sure you're generous with your use of newspaper and bubble wrap to help protect delicate items like glassware and ornaments.

7. Avoid empty gaps

Try to fill boxes to make the best possible use of space, not only will this cut down on the volume of boxes you need to move, but packing out boxes (whilst ensuring they aren't too heavy!) means the content won't be able to move around inside, minimising the chance of things getting broken. Fill any gaps with old newspapers or even balled up linen to help avoid breakages.

8. Use large boxes for light items

Make sure you don't fill large boxes with heavy items. For example crockery and books are best packed in smaller boxes. The smaller box size means that it won't be as heavy as a much larger box might be to carry. Keep bigger boxes for lighter items such as soft furnishings and bedding.

9. Pack cables tidily

With so much to do it can be tempting to pull out cables and simply lob them in boxes, but you'll thank us for this one when it comes to upacking! Start by taking a photo of the back of your TV or any other electrical equipment, then unplug the cables and use cable ties to secure each individual cable, before popping them inside a clear food bag, which you can then label accordingly so it will be easy to identify the right cables for the right appliance.

10. Check lids and store upright

If you're moving liquids, for example anything from the fridge or kitchen cupboards, including things like cleaning fluids, take extra care and ensure the lids are tightly screwed in place. You may want to go a step further and place bottles inside large food/freezer bags or carrier bags, so if any leaks or breakages do occur the leak will be contained. You'll then want to ensure they go into a sturdy box (ideally a plastic crate) and that any gaps are filled to stop them banging and rattling around during transit. How to pack boxes when moving home

11. Put heavy items at the bottom of boxes

This is pretty obvious really, but with the pressure of packing, sometimes it's tempting just to shove things in any box that's got a bit of extra space inside, but ensuring you never pack heavy items on top of lighter, particularly breakable items, will help minimise breakages.

12. Use crate handling equipment

Make use of sack barrows and skates to help you move boxes and crates around once packed. For heavy boxes in particular, you'll find that moving equipment really helps to reduce the likelihood of dropping boxes and breaking their contents.

13. Pay attention to how you pack glasses

Don't pack delicate ornaments or glasses straight into a box. Ideally you'll want a protective layer lining the bottom and sides of the box (blankets are great for this) and then you'll want to wrap each glass or ornament individually in crumpled newspaper. Delicate glasses with long stems are best packed rim down. Pin Me! How to Pack Boxes When Moving Home | Crate Hire UK

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If you've not seen it yet, we'd strongly recommend you take a look at our ultimate list of 60 moving tips and hacks, or if you need to hire moving crates or packaging you'll find them right here on the site!

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Crate Hire UK – How To Pack Boxes To Minimise Breakages When Moving

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Step 1: Home Valuation

The main aim of selling any home is to achieve the best possible price in the shortest time possible. With this in mind it is essential you find an accurate market price for your house or property. Research the local estate agents in your area and invite at least three agents to visit your home and provide you with a realistic evaluation based on their experience of the market. You will find that their valuations will differ slightly, but you should get a good understanding of how much your property is worth in the current marketplace. Based on the valuations you can then make an informed decision about whether selling your home is the right move for you if you decide that it is, then choosing the right estate agent is the next important step to selling your property. Selling house guide

Step 2: Choosing the Right Estate Agent

By now you would have researched your local estate agents and met with their representatives when showing them around your home. You will naturally levitate to an agent based on their manner and passion for your home, but it is important to choose the right estate agent for your property. The decision may not always be the cheapest option but remember your number one aim of selling your house for the best possible price in the shortest amount of time. When choosing your estate agent, there are a few things to consider: * What types of properties do they usually sell? Are they a good match with your property? Estate agents tend to specialise in certain types of homes whether its period cottages, townhouses, equestrian etc. Matching the agent to your property gives you a head start, as their book of clients will be naturally interested in the style of your property. * How much presence do they have in your local area? Are they a well-established local agent? Choosing a well-established local estate agent that has a high street presence will allow you to benefit from the trust built up over many years of them selling houses in your area. Opening hours are also important as a seven-day opening office will allow for Sunday trade and more viewing options. * Usually estate agents work on a commission basis of charging. 1 to 2.0% of the selling value is average but always check what is included within those charges. Marketing is an essential service for selling your home and is not always included and may be chargeable. * With the Internet being a major part of our lives ensure the agent you choose is a subscriber to all or the main property selling sites including Right Move, Prime Location and Country Life etc. It is a well-known fact that most enquiries made to purchase property today come via one of the leading property websites. With the estate agent chosen the next step is choosing a solicitor to act on your behalf.

Step 3: Instructing a Solicitor

The sale of your property can be hindered considerably if an experienced solicitor has not been found and instructed to sell your home before your home has been put up for sale by your agent. Again researching locally experienced solicitors is essential as once a deal is agreed on the property, the time taken to complete is wholly dependent on your chosen solicitors experience and efficiencies. A flat rate or commission fee based on the value of your property as usual, however, a flat fee is fixed and is advisable. Always remember you are the customer and if at any time you are unhappy with the service let them know in writing.

Step 4: Presentation Is Everything

When you are selling your home, first impressions count and presenting your house in its best possible condition will help you achieve your ultimate goal. If there are any unfinished DIY jobs to do, now is the time to finish them as prospective buyers will be put off by half-finished work as it portrays an unloved home and let’s face it who wants to spend a lot of money on an un-loved item. When prospective buyers visit your home for the first time, it is the outside of the house they see to ensure the outside of the house is clean, and the garden looks well maintained as this could put them off the property before they even look around your home.

Step 5: Accompanied Viewings

We recommend that your estate agent carries out all home viewings, as this will offer the best chance to sell your property. Try to avoid showing the prospective homebuyers around your property yourself unless it is essential. Prospective buyers can find this an awkward way to view your property as they feel they are invading your space. It is important that they feel as comfortable as possible and using an independent viewer will achieve this.

Step 6: Receiving an Offer

If you have followed our step-by-step guide thus far, an offer from a prospective buyer should follow. Your agent will receive the offer from the prospect directly and then inform you of that offer. The agent should also tell you the details of the proposal, the amount of the offer, if the buyers are proceedable (have the cash or have a money offer on their property), and their recommendations. Unless the initial offer is at the asking price, you should reject it. Most buyers will chance their arm with their first offer in the hope you will accept. However always take advice from your agent on this matter.

Step 7: Accepting an Offer

When you are happy to accept the offer, tell your agent of your decision. Your agent will then write to all parties including your solicitor and confirm the offer. Dates for surveys, property exchanges and sale completions can also be agreed at this point. Any potential delays can be avoided if all parties are kept up to speed with the process.

Step 8: Exchange of Contracts 

 When the following issues have been agreed upon and confirmed, the contracts can be exchanged. The exchange is the last process before completion. The issues are: - All enquiries and surveys completed on receipt of a draft contract. Title of Deeds qualification All issues resolved from enquiries and surveys Local searches completed A list of fixtures and fittings included in the property The Buyers mortgage offer from their lender if a mortgage is needed Once all parties have signed the contracts a deposit of the sale price (usually 10 %) will be transferred to your solicitor by bankers draft or telegraphically transferred. A completion date can then be mutually agreed and can be the same day as the exchange of contracts as long as a certain number of hours have passed.

Step 9: Completion

Completion of the contracts occurs when the final balance of the monies (usually 90%) have transferred to your solicitor’s bank. At this point, your solicitor will transfer the balance excluding their fees, and any payments owing on your existing mortgage (redemption amount) and call you when the monies have cleared. Once this has happened an instruction to release the keys will be made, and your property sold. Congratulations you have sold your home! For tips and information on all things moving related, follow us on FacebookLinkedin or Twitter

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Did you know? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now the most popular shopping days here in the UK

Making sure you have enough stock to meet consumer demands is imperative, and ensuring you are able to hold stock and move it easily to your shop floor is a must. Our retail totes come in a variety of sizes and can be used with our crate handling equipment, to make storing and moving your stock a doddle. We recommend using our CH3 standard lidded crate, due to it's size making it ideal for storing and moving larger quantities of stock. Plan ahead, and order your totes now, and we can even drop them off for you, and of course, we'll come back and collect them when you no longer need them. We provide an easy online booking process that makes renting retail crates from us quick and easy.

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Trips & Falls

Carrying things to and fro, means you can often find your visibility obscured by boxes you are holding. When you're holding even just one large box, it makes seeing the floor directly in front of you particularly tricky. When carrying large boxes, make sure you've checked your route out to the van or into a room first, to ensure there is nothing on the floor. Keep pets and small children out the way so they can't run under your feet, and if you can, get someone else to act as your eyes and direct you.

Putting Your Back Out

Moving day for most of us, means being more active than usual, Over the course of the day you are likely to be carrying lots of boxes and handling potentially heavy furniture. All of this lifting and carrying can spell disaster for your back, and the last thing you want is for your back to go half way through the move. It might sound daft, but warm up first. Some gentle stretches is all it takes to ensure your muscles are warm and less likely to strain. Don't pack too many heavy things in one box, always get help when lifting heavy furniture rather than trying to do it yourself and finally practice lifting the right way, using your legs, rather than your back. NHS safe lifting tips.

Spilled Box Contents

When packing, it can be tempting to try and shove as much into boxes as possible. This cuts down on the number of boxes you need to buy or rent, and can make the tedious job of packing a bit quicker. Using cheap tape to assemble cardboard boxes that aren't sturdy enough to cope with being packed full can spell disaster, leading to the contents of a packed box spilling out as the bottom gives way. When you assemble boxes, make sure you are using a good quality tape to seal the bottom and use a couple of passes of tape to secure the bottom shut securely. Don't scrimp and buy cheap flimsy cardboard boxes either; you'll only end up using twice as many as they won't take as much weight, and finally don't over pack. Cardboard boxes can't take an awful lot of weight, which is why we recommend using plastic moving crates.

Losing Something Vital

Where did you put those keys and that essential paperwork? Where are the mugs for a brew? Where's the loo roll for the new property? With so much going on, you want to ensure that all the vitals are easy to find. We are big fans of having a moving day essentials box ready. This requires a bit of forward planning, but means you'll have everything you might need in a hurry to hand. We'd also advise you to label boxes and pack similar things together – this will make what you are looking for much easier to locate. When it comes to moving day, why not check out The Ultimate List Of 60 Moving Tips & Hacks. Do you have any moving day tips to share? If so, let us know over on Twitter or Facebook, we'd love to hear from you!

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6 Reasons To Consider Moving Office

Moving your business is a big decision to make, and due to the inevitable disruption it will cause, one that requires an awful lot of thought. 6 Reasons To Consider Moving Office Crate Hire UK Some of the every day niggles you might have regarding your office or building (poor ability to regulate office temperature, broken ceiling tiles, draughty windows) may be even more evident to the customers and suppliers you deal with, and may also contribute to lower job satisfaction in your employees, negatively impacting productivity. We can't all afford big flash offices in the best part of town that have been professionally designed, but having a modern, clean and aesthetically pleasing office space is a must for any growth focused business. If you are wondering if an office move is right for you, the following 6 reasons to move are worth considering.

1. Your location is hard to find for clients

Low rents can be tempting, but that can often mean an out of the way location. As you grow it becomes more important for you to present a certain image, and of course, having a location that is easily accessible for your clients is important, making this an excellent reason to move.

2. You've outgrown your current premises

Expanding your business is obviously a desirable business goal, but a building can only accommodate a business to a certain size. Sometimes you might have the option to take on sole occupancy of the full building you are in, you might even be in a position to extend your current office with a built extension, or it could be as easy as leasing an adjacent office. However, when these options are not available, moving may be the only way to cope with the space demands of an expanded team.

3. The building is badly showing its age

A building that is in a poor state of repair is unlikely to give your customers or suppliers with a positive view of your business. Whilst some minor repairs are relatively straight forward and will be handled by your landlord, an increasing number of repairs will cause disruption to office life. Some of the down sides of an ageing building are far harder to avoid, this about the style of architecture of the building and the infrastructure of the building. Always try to get your landlord to sort out any issues as soon as you are aware of them, but it could work out to be more beneficial in the long run for you to just move to more modern premises.

4. You're unhappy with the terms of your new lease

If you have tried and failed to negotiate better terms in your new lease and your old lease is now up, it could be time to move on. Work out in financial terms the implications of accepting or sticking with an unfavourable lease and compare it to better terms you might be able to get elsewhere. In the long run you might find out that moving is actually cheaper.

5. The office is a bad fit for your brand

Like it or not, your physical location is an extension of your businesses brand. Even B2B companies who don't see themselves particularly as brands, can be judged by potential clients on the strength of their office space. A tatty, small or dingy office doesn't send a positive message and may even put a potential customer off from dealing with you. If for example you have a customer facing business, then this is even more important. A cool quirky brand needs a modern and quirky office to enhance their identity, so if your office isn't a good physical reflection of your business, you should considering moving to somewhere that is.

6. You need to cut costs

In a tough world economy, it can often make strategic sense to make operations smaller in size in which case, you might want to downsize. This will mean cheaper rent, or it will allow you to move to a better location or building. It is worth seeing if you can negotiate a reduction in rent before making the decision to move, but if you are drastically scaling down operations or even having to let staff go, then you won't need as much office space as you did before in which case moving is probably the best option.

Thinking About Moving Your Office?

Crate Hire UK plastic crates and crate handling equipment are the ideal way to move the contents of your office. Ideal for storing files, computer equipment and so on, our crates come in a variety of sizes and with specialist office moving equipment, and the flexibility of our hire agreements, moving your office with Crate Hire UK couldn't be easier. Get in touch with us to discuss your commercial move requirements.

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The arrival of a new year often prompts many of us to make a raft of sweeping changing, from giving up bad habits to getting fitter, but if the new year means it's time to think about moving home, our tips will help you to get your home ready to put on the market and in preparation for those viewings! Preparing to move home

Start researching local property prices

You might already have an idea of what you'd like to sell your property for, but now is a good time to start paying careful attention to what's on the market in your area. Make sure you're comparing like for like, and remember that being on a different road or in a different postcode area can significantly change the valuation of your own home. You don't want to price yourself out of the market, but at the same time, you want to be able to command the best possible price for your property, so doing some research now will give you a clearer idea before it's time to get a valuation from an estate agent.

Work out when you want to move

It takes an average of about 9 weeks to sell a property, but in an uncertain economy, it can take significantly longer. That said, it's worth working out a timeline and planning backwards from when you ideally want to be moving into a new home. If you want to move in the summer holidays for example, you'll want to ensure your property is ready to put on the market by Easter. Easter is a great time of year to put your property up for sale anyway, as it's generally the most buoyant time of year for the property market. The flip side however is that at this time of year there can be glut of properties competing for buyers.

Tidy up the garden

Don't ignore your garden, make sure you get out those gardening gloves (and a warm coat!) and get out into the garden to give it a spruce up before you think of putting your home on the market. Don't miss our article 10 Quick Ways To Spruce Up Your Garden Before Putting Your Property Up For Sale. Preparing to move home

Declutter your home

When it comes to moving home there are lots of things to do, so we'd recommend making sure that you start the decluttering process as soon as possible as this will make staging your home for viewings much easier. Decluttering can take longer than you might expect as the typical family home accumulates heaps of stuff over the years, and doing it little by little helps spread the load, ensuring you're not flat out in the days before your house goes on the market. We've got lots of tips for helping you to declutter your home here.

Research local estate agents

Estate agents get a bad rap, but for many, they are an essential part of the house moving process. If you can, get recommendations from friends and family or take a look at online reviews so you can make sure that when you're ready to put your house on the market, you can go straight to your favoured estate agent.

Create a checklist

Everyone loves a list, right? Now is a great time to create a checklist so you'll have a list of tasks you can refer back to. Make sure you include everything you can think of, from getting your house valued through to booking the removals van or ordering crates for your move. Pin Me! Preparing to move home For tips and information on all things moving related, follow us on FacebookLinkedin or Twitter

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