5 Great Tips to Keep Track of Your Possessions When Moving Home

Relocating to a new home can be quite a complicated process with a number of steps that take careful planning. Just like any big project, dividing it into smaller pieces will make the moving process feel a little less overwhelming. Finding a buyer and a new property is tough, but once the dust settles the task of moving all of your belongings begins! 

Often property owners don’t appreciate quite how much they own before they start to pack their possessions. It’s easy to pack things into a box but it’s far harder to actually keep track of exactly where each item is. That’s why it is important to organise your belongings early and to be honest about items you no longer have a use for. In short, you need to make a home inventory. You’ll be asked to do this during the house move, but it pays to start the process before the first viewing. A little bit of time invested at the start of the process can save you both time and money later on!

Create a List

You can do it the old fashioned way – with a pen and paper – or you can use one of the many apps available online. There are a variety of tools, such as Encircle or Sortly, that allow you to keep a record of your belongings and to include the price, the purchase date and the model. In addition there are different templates and spreadsheets with a sample list of items. This becomes your master list of items that you can refer back to through the move, it will help with viewings, insurance and removal quotes.

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Really look around

With your list, go room by room and check what you plan to take with you. This will probably not be your final list, but it can serve as a base. You can add or remove items at any step of the house removals process.  Consider the move as the ideal time to get rid of the unnecessary clutter that you’ve always said you could do without, but haven’t quite got around to actually throwing away. The less you have to move, the less you have to pay.

Make sure you only take what you need

There is nothing wrong with leaving some useful items behind – fixtures are an obvious choice, as are spare paint pots that match your current colour schemes. Help the new owner by labelling these with the rooms they match. This isn’t an excuse to leave your gnome collection in the garden, though!

If you plan on buying new appliances when you move, you may able to leave these behind and help out a first time buyer. If you know you don’t need it, talk to people viewing the property and say ‘we don’t need it, it works well, we’d be happy to leave it for you’. Equally, if you don’t want the expense of moving something you have no desire to keep, pop it onto Gumtree or Freecycle and pass it to someone else.

Detail is your friend

List exactly what is inside every box. Take a photo of your more valuable belongings, marking down any existing damage, so you can easily spot any problems. Don’t skip this step, especially if you are moving valuable objects. Describe exactly what you are going to move and then use your home inventory to get an accurate quote from the moving company.

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Your list may also come in handy if you want to insure some or all of your belongings. It takes time, but it’s time you may have at the start of the process. On moving day, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is rifling through boxes looking for that one key item.

Colour code your belongings

If you’ve always wondered what you could use a DYMO label tool for well, this is the moment. Break your possessions down into sensible groupings. It could be by room in the new house or by activity they support (sleep, eat, drink). Alternatively, you can colour code as to the order in which items need to be unpacked. The bottle opener may be a priority over the collection of cuddly toys.

As with everything in life, if you plan ahead, you can save yourself a great deal of time and stress on moving day. You can also make your house viewings that little more polished – you will be asked ‘is that staying’ more than once, and answering definitively helps a buyer to picture themselves living in your property. And that’s exactly what you want.

Guest Post by Heather Roberts
Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, with a number of published articles on various property related topics. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life. 


Estate Agent Fee Map 2015-16

As mentioned in The Sunday Times this morning, we’ve today launched our interactive map showing the average estate agent fees charged across Great Britain.

The new map allows homeowners anywhere in mainland Britain to quickly and easily check the cost of putting a house on the market. 

Hexham, a historic bustling village in the heart of the Tyne Valley, is the cheapest place to market a property in the country, with the luxurious borough of Kensington earning the title as the most expensive place to sell.

The new map also reveals the differences in price paid to move home across the UK, with London accounting for six of the top ten fee hotspots. Outside of London, however, Walsall, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Banff and Buchan and Anglesey take the remaining positions, each with higher estate agent fees than a number of the London boroughs.

netanagent.com managing director, Alex Thorpe, explained: “No-one will be surprised to hear that London is the most expensive area to sell, but they may raise an eyebrow at two remote spots in Wales and Scotland hitting the top ten.

“The costs are easily explained though, and this is something that estate agents often struggle to get across – remote locations can mean a huge geographical area to cover, with increased overheads, and a genuine lack of buyers. All of this can equate to a larger workload for an agent, justifying a slightly higher fee.

“Equally, in London, selling property isn’t just about listing a property on Rightmove and sitting back; we’re talking about vast sums of money, requiring agents to stay closely involved at all points, and delivering the sort of high end service you expect to pay for.”

The interactive map covers the period April 2015 to April 2016, and draws an average of property fee quotes from that period, delivering an indicative average figure from sales of properties of all values.

To put the fee difference into perspective, a UK property priced at the current UK average asking price of £307,033 will cost £2,210 to sell in Hexham, Northumberland, whereas, in Kensington, that same property sale would command an agent fee of £5,004.

Thorpe continues: “Whilst even the lowest fee may seem expensive to some homeowners, when selling a property the work that goes on behind the scenes is a lot more extensive than agents often talk about, especially post offer. Agents are the ‘go-between’ in one of the most stressful processes we go through in life and they often become the main point of contact for a vendor, offering advice, support and hopefully peace of mind right up until completion.

netanagent.com provides a chance for homeowners to find agents who they feel they can afford, one that best fits their needs and who they believe will look after them and sell their property most effectively.