6 Moving Home Mistakes to Avoid

Moving home can be stressful, to say the least.

It is always surprising how many things you have accumulated over the years. However, we are often guilty of making the house move more stressful than it needs to be. How? Well, read on to discover some of the common moving home mistakes you need to avoid.


Not measuring furniture in advance

Simply assuming that your furniture is going to fit into your new home is never a good idea. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new property and discovering your sofa won’t fit in the living room. It’s hardly going to look good in the garden, is it? Make sure you measure everything before you move.

We had the benefit of renovating the house whilst still living with our parents, so we bought furniture having already measured the space. We had 6 months between buying the house and moving in. Plenty of time to measure and find lovely pieces.


Not packing a survival kit for moving day

When you arrive at your new house, are you really going to want to unpack each and every box straight away? It is likely that you’ve already had a tiring day. This is why it is important to pack a survival kit, ensuring that all of the items you need will be immediately available to you once you arrive at your new pad.

Include a kettle, tea bags, mugs, milk, spoons, some snacks, maybe a couple of ready meals you can stick in the fridge to have for your dinner. People always forget this one: bedding. DON’T pack it in a box, you need it the first night. Also include spare underwear and a toothbrush/toothpaste.


Failing to check insurance

When it comes to house removals, it is vital to check your insurance, as well as the removal company’s insurance. Unfortunately, breakages can easily happen during a move. If there is no insurance in place, you won’t be able to get these items replaced or refunded. All of the most credible companies will have a sufficient insurance policy, so make sure you check this out.


Trying to do everything yourself

While you may not want to spend money on moving your furniture from A to B, it’s often a necessity. Trying to handle everything yourself can be a bigger task than you realise. This is especially the case if you have heavy and awkward items that need moving. It’s even more so if you have a lot of cherished items, as well as those that need special handling during the removal process, such as musical instruments.

Doing everything yourself can actually cost you a lot more money if you end up damaging your belongings.


You don’t consider pets and children

You need to think about what your children are going to do during removal day. If possible, ask a friend or family member to look after your kids for the day. With regards to pets, make sure they are kept in one room while the removal firm is there. You can ensure this is the last room to be emptied and packaged up.


You haven’t had a clear out

Moving home represents the perfect chance to have a clear out. The last thing you want to do is simply move clutter from one place to another. Throw things out weeks before you move, making packing a bit easier.


So there you have it; some of the most common moving home mistakes people make. If you can avoid the errors that have been mentioned above, you can go a long way to ensuring your move is as stress-free as possible.


How we got our free fireplace (really)

There aren’t many things that come free, so when they do you have to snap up the offer, like we did with our free fireplace.

It happened by accident: we didn’t mean to get a free fireplace, and we weren’t trying to barter the price down. It was made out of leftover and unwanted materials, paid for by other people.

Our original fireplace was in perfect working condition but a bit old-fashioned for our taste. We advertised it online as free, and someone came to pick it up. This was great, as there was no extra cost to dispose of it.

Jay chiselled out the hole for the fireplace himself. He managed to hit a water pipe that sent a stream flowing through the living room. Luckily, it was an old pipe that was no longer in use. It just hadn’t been emptied.

Our plasterers came in to do the whole of the downstairs, and also the landing. They had some leftover fireboard which they used to line the fireplace. At the moment, we have a little electric fire which doesn’t give off much heat. This was given to us for free by jay’s mum. We decided to install fireboard anyway in case we want to put in a log burner in the future. It saves ripping all the plaster off the wall and making a huge mess.

It was then all plastered and painted.

Next, was the hearth. We had some spare paving slabs from our driveway, which Jay thought to cut down and use as the base for the hearth. We wanted to buy some brick-looking tiles to put down on top of the paving slabs, but decided to wait until we could afford it.

The cable has now been run through the side of the wall, so it isn’t visible. The fire came with a remote control too, so we don’t have to turn it on manually via a side switch.

Then, as if the Gods were looking down on us, we got some free, brand new slate. A friend of ours had just had his driveway done, and had some leftover slate. He gave it to us for free. Jay then cut it down to size and cemented it in place.

free fireplace

Ignore the surrounding mess….

Voila! Our completely free fireplace.

We’re looking out for a solid wood beam to sit across as a mantelpiece to create this sort of effect:

I’d like a really chunky piece of oak, to go with the rest of our living room. That definitely won’t be free (even I would be amazed if it was) but might only cost £60-100. I’ll absolutely be getting inspiration from My Chic Living. This guest post offers three ways to style a mantelpiece. 

Have you ever got a great bargain by accident? (You can also view our eBay kitchen bargain here!)