Previously we gave you some useful tips for moving in to your new Devon property, in this post we hope to help you with the arduous task of packing for your big move. Packing doesn’t have to be a nightmare task if you have the right tools and equipment.
One of the first things you should get is a good range of boxes in various sizes. You don’t want to use just large boxes and fill them with allsorts of things as these can easily become too heavy to lift. Also if you are packing small items in a big box there is a danger that they could break or get damaged.
Make sure you have a good supply of bubble wrap or old newspapers to help protect the more fragile possessions. In the weeks leading up to your move stop recycling your newspapers so you have a good supply for when you pack. Other handy items include strong parcel tape, pens and stickers for labelling boxes and sealable bags for any small lose items.
Here are some useful packing tips.
- Keep potentially hazardous products like paints, sprays and oils in clearly marked separate boxes.
- Load the removal van with the boxes you will need least first
- Be careful when backing boxes not to put heavy items on top on lighter items
- Make sure ever box is well labelled.
- Boxes containing fragile items should be marked fragile
- Make boxes of essentials you will need straight away such as a kettle, cups, plates, utensils, bedding, medicines and toiletries
Hopefully some of these tips can allow you an easy and stress free move.
In the current economic uncertainty it’s perhaps not surprising that house prices are either stagnant or falling, with this in mind many people are looking for ways to add value to their house as well as making general improvements that they can live with till they decide to put their house on the market.
Here are some home improvements that can be made which will add value to your Devon property.
Increasing the size
A well designed conservatory or extension that doesn’t take up too much outside space could add up to five percent to your value as well as provide a more liveable home for the remainder of your time in the property. However if you end up turning your garden in to something resembling a postage stamp you could wipe out all the extra value you add.
A Second Bathroom
Be it an en suite or on the landing a second bathroom could increase your house price by up to five percent. But when thinking about installing more bathrooms don’t go overboard, a four bedroom house does not need four en suite bathrooms.
Even the ancient Romans had central heating so it’s only natural that houses with good central heating are worth around six percent more than those without it.
While a loft conversion could add an extra 20 percent to the value of your house it is expensive and very disruptive. If you plan on a conversion make sure you make the most of the space by adding a bedroom and a bathroom.
It is of course worth bearing in mind that all of these improvements cost a lot of money up front and do not guarantee to increase the value of your house or to make it sell faster.