Are you thinking about moving house?
Are you happy in your current home? Would you move house if you could or have you recently moved?
As lockdown has lifted, it seems that many people may be less than satisfied with their living conditions.
A recent survey* showed that 25% of British homeowners are considering moving or taking steps to do so. Nearly half (49%) would also like a home with more space.
For a lot of people, moving house isn’t an option at present. House prices are rising steeply, making it unaffordable to many.
So, what can you do to improve your current situation?
Whether you are putting your home up for sale or staying put, a thorough declutter can help.
Your house will appear much more attractive to prospective buyers if it is clean and tidy with clear surfaces and plenty of room. Freshly painted, magnolia walls can also help to create an illusion of light and space. Before you take photos to put the property on the market, go through each area with a critical eye and ‘set the scene’. People will expect the dining room to be a place to eat, so make sure the room shows it as that. Remove anything that doesn’t add to that picture – if you store your laundry or children’s toys in there, they need to come out.
Now’s the time to have a good sort out. Anything that isn’t used regularly and you want to keep, can be boxed up and stored elsewhere, out of sight. If you don’t have space to store things, then consider renting a self storage unit. It’s a cheap way to keep your stuff out of sight, but where you can still access it easily whenever you want. It can also make the actual move itself less stressful, as you can gradually pack up the house and keep the boxes in your unit.
If moving isn’t an option, decluttering your home can still help you to reclaim extra space. You would be surprised at the difference a good clear out can make. Try tackling one room at a time, and thinking about how you can improve it. Be ruthless – remove anything you don’t need or use. Consider what you can do on a budget. A fresh coat of paint can really brighten up a dark room. Some new cushions can make help to make a space more inviting. Perhaps replace the curtains or put in a new light fitting.
If you need somewhere to store your stuff, feel free to get in touch using the form below. Our minimum hire period is just two weeks, so it’s a really flexible choice. We even include free use of our van if it’s available (you just need to pay for the insurance) to help you move in or out.
(*survey carried out by garden furniture retailer Moda Furnishings)