Moving home can be stressful and even traumatic in some cases. Whether you’re doing it for the first or fifteenth time, it’s always useful to learn a new trick that can smooth the path.
Having helped over 4,000 people to find their dream home in the last year, Redrow Homes think they know a thing or two about moving and they have compiled their top “moving hacks” to make life easier.
5 hacks for dressing your house to sell
1. Define your rooms
Rooms are more appealing to buyers if they have a specific purpose. Make sure each room is set for its designated purpose – if it’s a three-bedroom house make sure it is just that, as bedrooms add more value to properties than studies or store rooms.
2. De-clutter and clean
Clutter can make your home seem small and disorganised, so de-cluttering will help buyers to visualise how the house will look when they’ve moved in. Minimise lotions and potions in the bathroom, put excess clothes away, thin out books on the bookcase and clear surfaces in the kitchen. Then it’s time to give everything a thorough clean and light some scented candles to make your home even more inviting.
3. Natural colours
Most buyers prefer natural colours to bold tones as they can make a room feel brighter and more spacious. Splashes of colour can be added with accessories and the right lighting can also help to enhance the space.
4. Make an impression
First impressions really do count. You can maximise your home’s kerb appeal by making sure there is no litter in the front garden, pathways are clear and the front door is painted. Plant pots can add a splash of colour and you can always take them with you when you go. The hallway is equally important – a mirror can make it look bigger and create that wow-factor as people cross the threshold.
5. Do those DIY jobs
If there are DIY jobs that you’ve been putting off for ages, start working your way through them. Dripping taps, broken blinds, peeling paint and squeaky hinges are all off-putting to buyers and can be fixed quickly and easily.
5 hacks for packing and moving
1. Separate the essentials
Pack an overnight bag for each family member and use a clear plastic box to keep your daily essentials together (kettle, mugs, teabags etc) so you can access them easily during and after the move.
2. Label Label Label
Buy a pack of parcel labels in different sizes, colour coded if you’re really serious, and label every box with the room and main contents. You can also use labels on chargers and cables to remember what goes with which device, as well as labelling items that are to be donated to charity, binned or sold.
3. Invest in good boxes
Decent boxes can be used time and time again, folded down or used to keep your loft tidy. So buying good quality boxes is always a solid investment. You may even be able to source these for free from shops but make sure they’re strong and not too large otherwise you won’t be able to move them once they’re full.
4. Save bags of time when packing clothes
Save time when packing your wardrobe contents by keeping all of your clothes on their hangers and placing a tie top bin bag over the bottom. You can then tie the tops around the hangers and your clothes are ready to be hung up as soon as they are in the new house.
5. Ask your friends and family for help and offer a ‘reward’
While moving can be stressful, having friends and family to help can actually make it fun. And if you sweeten the deal, perhaps with the offer of a takeaway at the end of it, you may find you have even more willing volunteers.
As well as offering its own top tips, Redrow is asking movers to share their ingenious ‘moving hacks’. The housebuilder is inviting consumers to submit their own hints and tips for the chance to win one of 20 £100 Not On The High Street vouchers.
Dave Bexon, Group sales and marketing director for Redrow Homes, said: “We want to know what makes a move as smooth as possible – whether it’s fantastic ideas on dressing a property for sale or a handy tip on the most efficient ways to pack. We’re collecting a host of top ‘moving hacks’ and then sharing them with our social media followers – so really, everyone’s a winner!”
Two competition winners are being selected every week for the duration of the 10-week competition, which closes on November 27. Visit www.movinghacks.co.uk to enter or search #MovingHacks on Twitter. For more information about where Redrow visit www.redrow.co.uk.