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Top Tips for Moving into Your First Home

Moving into your first home is a once in a lifetime experience, and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and forget about all the practicalities that need to be taken care of. To help you get settled into your new home as quickly and as smoothly as possible, the team here at Britannia Turnbulls of Leeds have put together some top tips to ensure all of the basic necessities are taken care of.

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Save some money
Whether you’re buying or renting, moving house is an expensive process. The cost of real estate agent’s fees and deposits takes up a huge chunk of money alone, but decorating, furnishing and generally making your new house feel more like your home is also a pricey affair, and one that you should budget for. Before the move, take the time to save up enough to cover the cost of the first month’s rent and bills, plus a little extra to cover any unexpected costs!

Take measurements
It’s a good idea to measure your rooms, doorways, corridors and stairs to get a better sense of the space you will have and to ensure that any furniture you are planning to move with you will fit into the house. Check your measurements against any bulky furniture such as tables, sofas and beds to make sure they can squeeze through the doorframes.

Take photos
After a house viewing, especially if you’re viewing several properties, it can be easy to forget exactly what the house looked like. Take photos of all the rooms so you can get a clear reminder later on, and you can show friends and families these photos for a second opinion! If you are renting, it’s always wise to keep these photos as evidence of the state of the house before you moved in, so take photos of any damage you spot to ensure you get your deposit back when it’s time to move out!

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Use a removals company
Moving house can be very stressful, so why not make it easier for yourself and entrust the packing and moving of your belongings to a professional service? Not only does this give you one less thing to stress about, it ensures that your possessions are handled safely and delivered right to the rooms they need to be in. A professional removals company will also be experienced in handling bulky furniture and navigating narrow spaces so will be much more likely to get your furniture in your home without causing any damage.

Buy the necessities
Make a list of the small necessities that you don’t own yet and make sure to buy them before you move in. You don’t want to sit down for a cup of tea and realise you have no mugs!

Change the locks
If you’ve bought the house, go right ahead and change the locks. You never know how reliable the previous owners were or how many lost keys to your property are floating around! If you are renting, you will have to ask your landlord if this is possible.

Even if your home has been left with neutral white walls, a fresh lick of paint can make a home look more attractive and feel brand new. Whether you stick to white or add some colour, it is much easier to do this before you’ve moved your belongings in!

Get some blinds
You will want privacy in your new home, so fit the windows with blinds as soon as you can to really allow yourself to relax.

Enjoy it!
Most importantly, celebrate your big step and your new found freedom.   


Britannia Turnbulls of Leeds offer a reliable and efficient home removal service, taking care of everything from the packing up of the belongings to the unloading at the new house, so you can rest assured that your possessions arrive safely in one piece! Get in contact today to find out about our pre-move survey and receive your quote.

Need advice? Call our friendly team today on 0113 262 4111.

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