Upsizing from a flat to a house is a big thing, the second stage of adulthood if you will, after moving out of your parent’s house. While moving from a flat to a house might seem simple – after all, it’s ‘just’ a bigger place to live in, it still has a bed, kitchen and bathroom – the very fact that it’s bigger means there are some things you’ll need to consider.
Here are some tips to make the experience easier and more pleasant for all involved!
Friends and a van
The amount of stuff (sofas, chairs, tables, cupboards) you’ll need to move to fill your new home will be considerable, and undertaking it alone will likely lead to tears and a painful back.
Pull in some friends, enticing them with the promise of a takeaway or some drinks, to help with the heavy lifting, and even if you do own a car, get a man with a van for the big stuff.
You might be able to stuff bed frames into your boot somehow, but it’s certainly not easy, and you want moving to be a special experience – not a traumatic ordeal.
If your friends or your van service can’t make the day of your moving, you need to have a reliable moving company as a backup plan, so the move to your new house goes smoothly.
Filling the space
With more rooms, you’ll need more furnishings, maybe even all new furnishings for a new start! This can end up being pricey, so both save up for it and consider staggering your purchases.
You’ll obviously want things like beds and a dining table right away, but that oak and glass coffee table that caught your eye might have to wait a month or two. Something else to look forward to!
If you enjoy a bit of DIY and don’t mind a bit of internet searching, have a look for second-hand furniture – if it’s solid wood, you can either leave it as is if it’s in good condition or give it a sand and a coat of paint and save hundreds in the process.
Renovate before you move
Any work you want doing is much easier before you’ve filled the place with your stuff. Even if you just want to give it a coat of paint and fill in some nail holes from old picture hooks, it’s so much easier to get the job done without tripping over furniture and trying not to get your laptop screen covered in paint drips.
It might be the last thing you want to do, but trying to pull furniture away from the walls and cover it all with sheets is so much more hassle than just spending a few days before you move making sure everything is ship-shape and tidy.
If you want to simplify the process and avoid the issues surrounding renovation and upkeep, you can go with a newbuild. At Castle Green Homes, with 35 years of experience as a homebuilder, they can make your dream home a reality.
Whoever you choose, remember to do your research and look for the type of home that will suit your exact requirements.