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Last Minute Crises You Don’t Want When Moving Home

Moving day is fast approaching and it might very well seem like you have more things to do than time to do them with. It’s easy to neglect or forget certain aspects of the move, but there are some that can cause a lot more trouble for you if you do. So, here’s how you prevent some of those last-minute crises so the whole ordeal is a little less stressful.

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Having to clean

The house you’re leaving should be spotless before you go. However, if you’re leaving it until leaving day to tidy after yourself, you will be surprised by just how much cleaning you have to do behind newly moved furniture and how much trash you uncover. You can click here and see the help on offer to help you get rid of any extra trash in no time flat. However, the best strategy is to deep clean the house a room at a time after you pack up that room in advance of moving day.

Packing in a rush

Both the moving-out and moving-in half of moving day can equally stressful. When moving in, a great deal of that stress can be caused by inadequate packing. Make sure that the largest items are the closest to the door so that your moving company or whoever is helping you can shift the hardest to move items, first. Ensure that when you’re packing for the move that you label rigorously. Try to colour code those labels so it’s easier to see where a box belongs at a glance, so you spend a lot less time having to open boxes to figure out where it goes.

Forgetting the essentials

If possible, you want to unpack in the new home as soon as possible. If the moving process takes all day, however, that’s not likely to be the case. Instead, prepare for the fact that you may need to spend the night at the new home surrounded by boxes. Have one box that contains the whole moving day survival kit, as shown here, including the essential paperwork, toiletries, any medication you need and whatever else you need for an overnight stay.

Neglecting to tell people

Before you move, ensure that everyone who needs to know does know. Click here to put together a list of who to notify of your move and get through them as soon as possible. Financial institutions like the taxation office, credit card companies, and your bank are most important. If you still get letters from these organisations going to your old address, you never know who might soon have a hold of the kind of details that make you an easy victim for fraud and identity theft. Notify those on the list and check them off one at a time so you can be certain you don’t forget anyone.

The more prep time you give yourself before the move, the better. Take down a to-do list of all the essential tasks, including those mentioned above, so you’re not at likely to be panicking about them at the last moment.

What Lies Beneath: The Hidden Dangers In Your Home

When most of us think about home improvement, we tend to consider making things look pretty, stylish and comfortable. But is our desire for making cosmetic changes overriding the need to take a closer look at more important things?

 

Unfortunately, there are many different areas of your home that could be causing you grief – yet are invisible to all but the trained eye. And when it comes to home improvement, it’s these particular areas that are important to fix, rather than the pattern or shade of your drapes.

 

Let’s take a look at the hidden dangers that could be lurking in your home.

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Pests

 

As the old saying goes, you’re never less than a few yards away from a rat. But rodents aren’t your only problem – woodworm, termites and all kinds of other pests could be damaging your home without you realizing.

 

Let’s take termites as the perfect example. They can burrow deep into your walls and timber unnoticed, and spend years eating their way out from the inside. There are a few signs to watch out for, but the reality is that by the time you notice a lot of damage will already be done.

 

With this in mind, make sure you get a pest inspection performed on your home every once in a while – once a year if you live in an old home. And always get an inspection before selling or buying any home.

 

Foundation Disrepair

 

Your foundations are buried deep beneath a few hundred tons of granite, and impossible to see with your eyes. And the first you will know of any foundational issues in your home is when your basement walls start to crack or your home starts to shift and sag.

 

Let’s be clear – the longer you leave foundational problems, the more expensive they are going to be to get fixed. Your best bet is to get a professional home inspector in to check your foundations once every few years or so. You should also do this before selling your home as if there are any problems it’s going to be hard to sell your home to anyone at anything less than a knockdown price.

 

Roof Damage

 

Few of us really know what’s going on above our heads, as roofs are inaccessible and impossible to see from street level. And even if you make occasional visual checks from your attic space, it can be incredibly difficult to spot problems.

 

Damaged shingles, broken tiles, and warped or rotting beams could be letting in small amounts of water that are hard to see and cause big trouble further down the line. Again, it’s important to get a check every once in a while, to spot trouble before it begins to develop into something more serious.

 

Everyone loves to make their homes look beautiful, of course. But the most important home improvements you can make are actually hidden from plain view. It’s vital that you are aware of what can go wrong and take steps to prevent minor issues turning into enormous – and expensive – problems.

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