Stress free tips when moving home

    Kya deLongchamps offers tips and tricks to getting a house move going in an (almost ) stress-free way.

    The Sherry Fitzgerald Residential Market Report is always an interesting read, and it appears that for Cork county alone in the first quarter of this year, the volume of residential sales was up 56% on last year.

    In Cork and Dublin, the profile of those seeking new housing stock is now largely owner/occupiers rather than investors (2015 Summer Review).

    Clearly, we are reaching up the ladder again. While this is positive news for the economy, many families having secured or re-negotiated a mortgage are facing into the emotional upheaval of rolling up the tent and moving on.

    A certain level of acceptance is crucial to ease the disruption of moving house — there are no real statistics on stress but it’s no surprise that moving house comes behind death and divorce in terms of emotional upheaval.

    Yes — it’s going to feel chaotic and unsettling at times, but the more you manage the process, and the earlier you get started, the better.

    Once contracts are exchanged and the completion date is set, give yourself in the area of three weeks to pack up a standard family home.

    Moving a single occupancy apartment, you may get away with about a week and many companies offer evening moves of three hours or less if you’re shifting within city limits. Choosing the right day for the move can save you money.

    Fridays, weekends and bank holidays will command a premium and these sorts of dates are harder to secure as families attempt to tailor their move around work and school demands.

    If you are going off-grid and doing the move yourself, book the van at least three weeks ahead and ensure the cubic metres in cargo area suit your needs.

    If you’re not sure you will go ahead with a self-drive van, invest in the firm’s cancellation coverage (generally just a few euro a week).

    Deciding on a firm to do the job should not simply come down to a price point — and a seriously low number should give pause for thought.

    In the past, dedicated removal companies would do a full walk-through survey of the house before presenting a quote, but today, there are online facilities such as AnyVan.ie, which will provide quotes from from not just one company but several fully insured, reputable firms.

    I put out quotes, (in the interest of journalistic accuracy), for no-obligation estimates to move a three bedroom home from Cork city to Waterford on two umbrella sites, itemising my imagined belongings down to the last end table and throwing in a little more on the on-line inventory to ensure a realistic figure.

    For a well insured man with a van (and specified helper), to shift boxes without packing came back in the area of €300-€500. A full packing service from a small but reputable removals firm averaged out around €1,800, with insurance in transit of €100,000.

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