Moving House with Children discussed by Ashington’s Removal & Storage
It’s tricky when you are moving house with children as whatever age they are it is a big change for them and there are always things you need to think about.
Estate Agents will tell you that the best time to sell your home is spring as when the sun is shining it always makes your home look more appealing and people are not away on holiday.
There is no magic formula when you are selling your home but there are definite peaks and troughs to looks out for to achieve the best price and reduce the time it is on the market.
When do you know it is time to sell your house?
- Get some Estate Agents round and ask them to value your home to check you have enough equity in it
- Moving home can be expensive with lots of different fees to factor in at various stages of the process including; conveyancing fees, estate agent fees, remortgaging fees, EPC fees and stamp duty, so always calculate you can afford to move before you start looking and making plans
- Look at your local property market and see if there is a lot of movement and houses being sold quickly in your area, how much they are selling for
- You’ve had a clear out, spring clean and any home-improvement projects are complete
- You’ve outgrown your current home, the location of your home no longer suits you and your family or you are thinking about the best schools for your children
- You don’t have to sell your house fast as this adds pressure to an already stressful process and you may well sell at a lower price to sell quickly
January – February
According to UK House Sale statistics, the start of the year is traditionally slow when it comes to house sales. People are just getting over the cost of Christmas, the days are shorter, the weather isn’t very good and all of this makes it difficult for people to think about selling their home and buying anything new.
March to May
Whether you are buying or selling the warmer weather in Spring makes everyone feel enthusiastic about the year ahead and people start their home improvements in preparation for selling and buying their new home. When spring arrives the days are longer and lighter, the weather is warmer and the blossoming gardens always make your home much more inviting to prospective buyers as well as the houses you view looking much more enticing. Even if your house isn’t in the best condition, a spring clean before listing it will make the world of difference to potential buyers. The good light, milder temperatures and more predictable weather conditions make spring a good choice for marketing your home as well as the bank holidays that you can take advantage of extra viewings and long weekends to unpack if you move during this time. Quite often when you buy a new home in Spring you will be moving anything from 10 to 16 weeks later and if you have children this enables you to have the summer holidays in your new home if they are starting a new school year in September. It means they have a completely fresh break, with time to get used to their new home, community and surroundings in their summer holiday before starting the new term whether they are moving to a new school or not.
June – August
June to August are definitely slower months when it comes to house sales and offers, however, a lot of sales will complete and people will be moving from the houses they have sold in March, April and May. There can still be a lot of homes on the market, however, they tend to take a bit longer to sell as the kids are on holiday and people are going away for their annual holidays. When you move in the summer you can take advantage of the 6 week summer holidays to get children settled, as well as long bright days and predictable weather conditions on moving day, and when you are sorting and unpacking. It is likely that many buyers that offered during the spring will be completing the buying process in summer so things do get busy, remember to book your removal company well in advance if you have a specific date in mind and set your moving date expectations with your solicitor, keep chasing them for progress and updates to make sure the timescale doesn’t slip.
September – October
This is another good time to sell your home and although there aren’t as many homes sold from September to October compared to spring they are still good months to sell. The weather hasn’t quite turned yet, people have had their summer holidays and you’re not quite thinking of Christmas yet. If you are planning on selling a house in Autumn, we advise you to get your property on the market just before the end of August so you have a chance of completing your sale and moving before Christmas. If you move in Autumn and you have children you will have had the summer holidays to get excited about your move as well as get organised and if they are starting a new school they won’t start too late into the school year.
November – December
November through to December are probably the worst months for selling your home, the darker evenings are here, the weather is turning and people tend to go into hibernation, as well as your focus becomes getting organised for Christmas. Nobody really wants to move over Christmas as they want to be settled and enjoy the build-up, so don’t leave putting your home on the market too late or you’ll be waiting until the following year for your move date. If you do sell your home in the winter months then always remember there won’t be as many houses on the market for you to view at this time. If you move in November and December then the cold and wet weather can also make your moving day harder. Also, keep in mind that you will have to be extremely organised and work around Christmas parties and New Years’ celebrations if you are moving around this time. Winter can be quite an unsettling time for children to move as their social activities always ramp up over this time and you don’t want them to miss out on any of the fun as well as wanting them to be settled at home for the Christmas festivities.
If Children are Starting a New School
- Do a bit of research online to look at the schools in the area, looking at Ofsted Reports and any reviews that are available
- Join local facebook groups and ask people for their advice and opinions on the schools in the area. Always remember that everyone will have a different view and experience so you have to take on board all of the comments and make your decisions which schools you want to call
- Call the schools you are considering and ask if they have spaces available, and if they have you can ask them if you can visit them to be shown around as this will give you a really good feeling if you think the school will suit your child
- When you have chosen the school you want them to go to and you have a moving date, speak to the head teacher and complete the required forms on your local council website. Keep the headteacher updated on this as it progresses
- When a place for your child or children has been agreed then book them in some ‘settling in’ sessions so they can meet their new teacher and the children in their class. Most schools will understand how they can support a child to settle in their school and will talk to you about this if they don’t then you can ask them about this when you first visit without your child
- Building up to, and on their first-day talk with them about how they are feeling so you can reassure them, take a photo of them so they have a first-day picture, speak to their teacher at the end of the day and see how they have got on. Have a family meal and talk about how they feel their first day went, what did they enjoy and was there anything they didn’t so you can talk about it and maybe let their teacher know if you think it is relevant when you next drop them off. Ask them what friends they made and would they like to invite anyone round for tea one evening after school
How to Prepare your Children with Moving Home
- When you are moving house with children get them involved when you have found your new home. Depending on your child it may not always be a good idea to talk about moving house too soon as it can be unsettling for them
- Talk to them a lot about moving and the exciting things they can look forward to; new bedroom, bigger garden, new activities, new parks to explore, new school where they can make new friends. Re-assure them that they can still keep in touch with their current friends on days out, phone calls or letters. Acknowledge it will be new and a bit scary starting a new school and ask them to talk about how they are feeling about it. Plan in settling in sessions in their new playgroup or school so they will know what to expect on their first day, weeks and months as they settle in
- Visit the area you are moving to as a family before your move date, go to the local parks and have coffee and cake so they start to get a feel for it
- If you can, and it’s not too far away you can think about starting them in some new clubs before you move; football, rugby, brownies, cubs etc
- Get them involved with planning their new bedroom, colour schemes and layout
- On your moving day unpack their things first so they can get settled in their new room, home and use the garden too
- Ask them to help you with anything you think they may want to get involved with when you are getting sorted
- Keep in contact with their existing friends and community when you move as this gives them the security that they still have their support network around them
- Have a ‘moving in day’ family meal so you can relax and start to enjoy your new home together, use the time to talk about the things they and you all can look forward to
When you have a moving date or an idea of when you will be moving and this is something your solicitor can advise you of, you should look for and select a reputable and established removal company that has a fleet of vehicles. Ask people around you whether they have recommendations and also search online to look for businesses with good customer reviews. Larger removal companies will have a choice of services and vehicles to fit your moving requirements and budget, and you will be guaranteed that you won’t be let down on the day which can happen if you use a smaller company or a man with a van which doesn’t have a backup team if an individual is ill, or their van or lorry breaks down. A larger removal company will have a full team of professionals and have the flexibility to flex their resources wherever they need to.
Ashington Removals & Storage
Ashington Removals is a family-owned and run business, who specialise in home and office removals.
At Ashington Removals you can expect the resources and equipment to make sure your move goes smoothly and without hitches. We know there’s no such thing as a “standard” house move and that each one differs so we adapt our products and services for your requirements.
We offer various removal services and adaptability on the quantity of work that you want to do yourself when moving. Our complete packing and moving service enable you to leave your removal to us, or you can pack your belongings on your own and we will load, move and unload them for you on the day. If this is the moving service you decide to go with we can supply you with boxes and clothes storage containers a few days before your move to help when you are packing.
Ashington Removals Free Survey Visits
To ensure we supply you with a competitive quote we will arrange for one of our trained surveyors to visit your home to go over your needs. They will provide you with an in-depth summary of the services that we can provide and talk over your removal requirements and budget.
Our Furniture Storage Services
At Ashington Removals, we have our very own purpose-built storage space facilities which are fully alarmed with 24- hour CCTV cameras in operation. The security of our client’s items in storage is vital to us and our storage facility is located on our own premises and is a secure distance away from any open public access.
The Advantages of Choosing Ashington Removals:
- Every item will be packed and wrapped, helping you save time and effort prior to your move
- We can come in 24- 48 hours prior to you moving, so you don’t need to go without your belongings in the weeks leading up to your move
- Every box is labelled, packed and unloaded into the same room of your new property, saving you time when you’re unpacking your boxes
- We can take apart and reassemble your furniture in your new property so you can start unpacking your boxes straight away without having to worry about furniture
- We eliminate the worry of how you will get your furniture into your new home
- There’s no need to organise hiring a lorry which removes the worry of you having the appropriate driving licence to drive a larger vehicle
- We load and unload your packed containers and furniture for you, saving you the concern of lifting heavy items and injuring yourself
- Our knowledgeable team will make sure you are out of your property at that time you need to be as we always know the length of time needed to pack and load
- You don’t have to ask family members and friends to assist you with your move
- Some of your belongings will be stored overnight at our protected site and our team will stay with them on the day between you leaving your existing home and receiving the keys for your new one
- Your belongings are fully insured against any damages or breakages
- You can unpack your boxes in the days after your move and we will come and pick up the empty containers at a convenient time for you
- You can enjoy your new home on the day that you move in and spend time getting things unpacked and set up
- We can store any size items at our secure storage facilities whilst you get settled and decide what you want to do with them at a later date
- Our team are remarkably knowledgeable and work carefully and efficiently
- Our expert services will save you time, worry and stress, both before, on the day and after you move
if you are moving house with children or without children then give us a call on 0191 2449311 and one of our expert team will be glad to answer any queries you may have or organise a free home removal survey at a time to suit you.
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