Getting Into Your New House In One Piece

Moving house is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. Your entire life is in upheaval, hopefully in an attempt to make it better, and everything you own is packed up in boxes and unable to reach. The idea of that alone can cause some people to panic, so it’d be a good idea to find some ways to make this time feel a little bit safer for you.

Of course, that’s hard to do for a variety of reasons. When you’ve got an entire household to ferry back and forth, and all the possessions to accompany them, a disaster could be around any corner. So it’s time to be prepared, which goes a long way to making your new life smoother. Let’s look into some of the best ways to get everything into your new place in one piece, and cut down on the amount of hair you might tear out.

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Get a Trusty Vehicle

Having the right vehicle on your side to get all of your possessions back and forth from your old house to your new one is more important than you might think. Because of that, make sure you have the best car or truck on your side to keep everything safe and strapped in, and make as many journeys as you need.

If you don’t have the right vehicle of your own, borrow a friend’s or even look into getting some professionals to help you; the cost of which is going to be plenty worth it when all your boxes and big furniture pieces are set down in your new place with no scuff marks or damaged corners on them. If you have a vehicle you could very well use on your side, namely a spacious truck with a good bed, look into the best tonneau covers and invest in one to make sure no weather damage strips your items of their color or soaks them beyond recognition. That’s the last thing you need right now!

Pack with Material in Mind

Seeing as you’re likely only using cardboard boxes to pack everything up properly, make sure you’ve got all the right packing material to accompany your items inside of it. Namely, for anything you’re taking out of the kitchen, make sure it’s padded and protected from any transit damage, and make the first dinner in your new house a time of celebration rather than disaster.

At the same time, make sure you’re not putting any incompatible items together into the same boxes. Anything that has a liquid form to it, and thus is flammable or possibly leaky, shouldn’t be carted along with anything else to accompany it. So keep those deodorants and those battery packs separate, and don’t bother trying to put them into a professional mover’s vehicle without expecting a mouth full from them!

Your new house is a new start, don’t poison it with these bad associations!

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Slashing Your Home Budget

Do you live paycheck to paycheck, struggling to pay your household bills, never mind having any left to save or enjoy? Do you find yourself worrying about money almost daily or terrified of an unexpected expense shattering your fragile financial situation? Well, you are most certainly not alone. It’s thought that 76 million Americans are struggling financially, or only just getting by. All of these people are worried and stressed.

Unfortunately, in the current economic climate, there’s no quick fix. Many of us have debts to pay off, a significant amount of us will never be able to buy our own home, and as the cost of living continues to rise, even working full time you can struggle to save enough to improve your own situation.

But, there’s little help coming from anywhere else either. If you want to ease your financial concerns, reduce your stress levels and give yourself and your family a significantly improved quality of life, you need to do something about it. While there’s no quick fix, there are a few ways to slash your household budget and save yourself money.

Make a Budget

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The first step to slashing your budget is making one. Most of us are aware of how much bills are and how much we earn but utterly unaware of the smaller details of our finances. We check our bank balance and find ourselves wondering where our money has gone.

Sit down, use a simple household budget spreadsheet template, and enter all of your figures.

Look at your last few months bank statements to make sure you include everything. When it comes to things like food, fuel and luxury expenses, set a budget and make sure you stick to it. If you want extra, you’ll have to save elsewhere on your budget.

Make Some Cuts

Now you’ve got everything written down in front of you; you can spot patterns and problems. Are you paying for anything that you don’t use or need? Perhaps a gym membership or a subscription service? Cancel anything that you can manage without. Remember, it doesn’t need to be forever, you can always go back once you’ve got the funds.

Then, within the things that you keep, look at some cuts. Do you use all of your minutes and data on your phone contract? Could you reduce your internet speed?

Make Some Switches

Most of us could save a lot of money every year by switching some suppliers. Take a look at your energy providers and your insurance company. Cheap car insurance can save you a lot of money, without diminishing your cover. Use comparison sites to make sure you are getting the best deals. If your providers are the best, look into changing tariffs so that you are only paying for what you need.

Start Clearing Debts

Debts are a vicious cycle. We get into debt because we need to, but then repaying the debt and the insurance costs makes our situation much worse and means that we can never save. Focus on paying more than the minimum to save yourself money long-term.

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