House moving tips

Make your new house a home

How to packShop the essentials

Always pack earlier than you think you'll need to. You'll be surprised by how much stuff you actually have, but equally how much you don't need, giving you the perfect opportunity for the ultimate clear out. When packing, don't fill boxes up too much otherwise you may struggle to move them. And it's a good idea to label your boxes too - the last thing you want once you've got to your new home is to be sifting through all of them trying to find something specific.

Things to buy for a new house

Bedroom

The first thing you're going to want to sort out for your bedroom is a bed, or at least a mattress, so you've got somewhere comfy to sleep after all your hard work moving into your new home.

Living room

Somewhere to sit will be top of the agenda for furnishing your living room. Pick carefully, considering comfort and appearance, as this is probably the room you, and guests, will spend the most time in.

Kitchen and dining

After all the stress of moving you're going to want a cuppa, so make sure you've got your kettle ready. And if you can't be bothered to cook properly (we don't blame you), toasters and microwaves will come in handy.

Bathroom

With your bathroom, it's all of the smaller things that will come in the most handy initially. Make sure you've got a shower curtain, small bin, toilet brush, towel rail or hook and a toothbrush holder.

Utility room

Dedicated space or not, you won't want to skip on utility room items. Doing laundry is one of those jobs that will always need doing, so make sure you're equipped with a washing machine straightaway. And if the weather isn't great (and let's be honest that's highly likely) you'll need a way to dry them indoors too.

What to buy when

Connecting your home

Create a smart home

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Finishing touches

How to decorate a rented house or flat

Most of the time, you can't make any permanent changes to a property when renting, so you need to be smart about how you decorate. Bold and bright pieces of furniture and statement rugs can help to transform any room, while wall art and picture frames will add personality and character.

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Building furniture

New furniture is great until you realise you're probably going to have to assemble at least some parts yourself. Not the most fun task, we know, but trying out some brand new tools might make the prospect more appealing. Drills, screwdrivers and tool kits will get most jobs done!

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