Bloggers Night out – Star City – Birmingham

I received an email last week inviting me to a bloggers night out in Star City Birmingham. Honestly I was beyond excited for 2 reasons. 1 I had never been to Star City before and 2 I had never been on a blogger event before. There was a big mixture of excitement and nerves.  Continue reading “Bloggers Night out – Star City – Birmingham”

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Your Moving Timeline: When Should You Start End of Tenancy Cleaning?

There’s no denying it: moving is a big job. Use this moving timeline to stay on track with your packing, end of tenancy cleaning, and other tasks.

We get it. Moving is a stressful time. You’ve got overlapping bills, more boxes than you know what to do with, and people who wanted this over a week ago. Point being, there are a lot of avoidable mistakes during the moving process.

Neglecting your moving timeline should be the easiest one to avoid. Here, we’re breaking down a complete moving plan template for you to work with, starting at week eight. Let’s get to it!

Your Moving Timeline

In a move, there is…well, an awful lot of moving parts to balance. You know your moving date and where you’re moving to, but suddenly, a million jobs materialize in the meantime.
It doesn’t have to be intimidating. The easiest way to think about the process is to work in reverse. You should start your moving tasks about eight weeks out.

Week Eight

First things first: it’s decision time.
You know where you’re moving. Now you need to decide whether you’re moving alone or with assistance from the pros. Moving on your own might save you a little money, but it will also cost you a lot more time, so make a decision about what’s most valuable to you.
If you do decide to hire a moving company, shop around and get quotes from a few reputable options. If you decide to move on your own, now is the time to book a rental moving truck especially if you’re moving during the summer months.
Either way, you should create a binder or start a new notebook. This is where all of your moving details will reside.
For example, all of your task lists, or the inventory of the entire house that you need to take. And while you’re taking a household inventory, you also need lists of what’s coming with you, what’s getting donated, and what’s staying behind.
You should also verify your moving dates with your boss (and new boss, if you’re changing jobs).

Week Six

At six weeks, you’ve had two weeks to dig into the early stages of moving.
Now, it’s time to really get the ball rolling.
Specifically, it’s time to get all your paperwork in order. Visit your doctor for your medical records. If you have a pet, visit them for your pet’s records. If you have children, you need to obtain their school records.

On a related note, you’ll also need to find a new healthcare provider in your new area, as well as a new vet for your pets and a new school for your kids (if you have a pet or children). Also, take your pets (and your kids) in to get any vaccinations updated.

While you’re there, ask your vet about things you can do to make the move easier on your furry friends. It’s a stressful time for them, and you want to make it as painless as possible.

This is also the point at which you should get your mail redirected with Royal Mail and update your address with HM Revenue and Customs (if applicable). This will ensure that nothing is lost in the post (and protects important mail, like bank cards).

Week Four

Only a month left before you move house!
At this point, if you’re moving on your own, start calling your friends to ask for help. The sooner you ask, the better chance that they’ll say yes.
You should also acquire moving supplies if you haven’t already, including:
• Boxes
• Packing paper
• Bubble wrap
• Tape
• Markers
The packing process should be well underway. However, you shouldn’t pack non allowable items, which are items that movers won’t transport due to potential health risk or liability.
These include hazardous items like:
• Paints
• Paint thinner
• Nail polish and nail polish remover
• Fireworks
• Ammunition, guns, and other weapons
• Fire extinguisher
• Bleach and cleaning solvents
• Motor oil
• Weed killer
• Household batteries
However, it also includes personal or sentimental items such as:
• Jewellery
• Sterling silver
• Stocks and bonds
• Collections of any kind (coins, postage stamps, etc.)
• IRAs, deeds, tax records, etc.
• Medical and dental records
• School records
• Professional files
• Financial documents
• Car titles and car keys
• Cash and chequebooks
• Computers and other technology
• Insurance policies
• Photos and photo albums
In general, if you have any items of this kind, you should plan on moving them yourself. You should also plan on personally moving any items of particular value or delicacy, like expensive art, fine china, old books, or antiques.
With this in mind, you should begin making travel arrangements, regardless of how you plan on travelling to your new abode. If you plan on driving, get your car serviced. If you plan on flying, find a reliable auto transporter. And while you’re at it, book any hotels, relevant tickets, and important documents.

Week Two

Only two weeks out, and things should be moving along. If you hired a moving company, call them to make sure everything’s going according to plan.
You should also get in touch with your utility companies to negotiate when service will end shortly before your move out and when services will turn back on after your moving day.
If you live in an apartment, reserve a freight elevator for your move-out day, and make the reservation for longer than you think you might need, just in case.
Also, if you haven’t addressed your storage areas yet (garage, basement, attic, etc.) then take the time to pack them. As with the lift, allocate more time than you think you need.
This is also the time to have a farewell party if you plan on hosting one. If nothing else, it helps you use up food supplies that aren’t travelling with you.

Week One

Only seven days left until the Day of Chaos. Are you ready?
Check any lingering bills and pay any that are due before move out, and hold onto receipts as proof of payment.
This is also when you should return any rentals (library books, movie rentals, and borrowed items from friends). Your packing should be finished, and now is the time to disassemble large furniture.
At this point, since everything is packed, you should go through your whole house and make a cleaning checklist. If you’re planning on bringing in end of tenancy cleaners, now is the time to do so.

Moving Day

Moving Day actually starts the day before. Do any final checks, pack up any remaining items, and put anything you’re personally moving in the car. Give everyone a good meal and a good night’s sleep the night before–you’re going to need it.
The morning of, you should get up extra early to do any last-minute tasks. Kids and pets should be removed from the epicentre of moving, preferably in a safe/empty room of the house.
If you have movers, keep an eye on everything. Before a single box is touched, make sure they have all the right information (destination and phone number). And if there are forms, don’t sign anything without reading it.

Your End of Tenancy Cleaning Service

Moving is a stressful experience no matter how zen you are. Making use of a moving timeline (and a good end of tenancy cleaning service) makes your life whole lot easier.
If you’re in need to a cleaner to help your move go off without a hitch, click here to check out our prices, or get a free quote to see what we can do for you.

 

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UK Fresh Meats Telford – Review

When it comes to food shopping. I rarely find the time to actually get to the shops to do a full-blown shop. It’s usually a case of a quick nip to the supermarket or an online delivery so when UK Fresh Meats contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in testing out their meat I was more than happy to oblige Continue reading “UK Fresh Meats Telford – Review”

Christmas 2018 Gift Guide – Gifts For Her

As Christmas approaches we find ourselves starting to think about what gifts we should buy for her. More often than not gift guides for her are aimed at partners/wives/mothers. I’ve decided to make mine about the whole lot. Mums, Nans, Aunties , Friends and everything in between. Hopefully this guide will help you when it comes to choosing something for the special women in your life. Here are my top 10 gifts for her. Continue reading “Christmas 2018 Gift Guide – Gifts For Her”

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Konditor & Cook – Festive Treats – Review

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Sous Chef – The Big Chilli Advent Calendar – Review

I am always on the look out for different kinds of advent calendars. As much as the traditional chocolate calendars are amazing it’s always nice to find something that is a little bit different and a chilli calendar is definitely different.

Not only that but a lot of advent calendars are focused on children counting down the days to Christmas, where in reality it’s probably me that gets most excited in my house so I was really excited when I was sent The Big Chilli Advent Calendar from Sous Chef Continue reading “Sous Chef – The Big Chilli Advent Calendar – Review”

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Ways to make your house feel like a home

From smart storage solutions to simple lighting ideas, here are a few suggestions as to how you can make your house feel more like a cozy and inviting home that you love and are proud of.

Whether you’re moving into student halls, renting your first house of flat, or have decided to re-vamp a new room in your home, it is so important to make that space feel like your home, somewhere you feel relaxed and safe. Don’t think that to make your house feel like a home you have to fill it with ‘stuff’ you can have a really cozy feeling home without it feeling cluttered!

Choose your palette wisely

No matter what colour the walls are in the room you’re looking to change, opting for furniture and soft furnishings in lighter tones of beige, stone or greys will instantly make the room feel more relaxed, homely and often brighter than opting for brighter, more harsh colours, but obviously this is also down to taste. If you find bright colours relaxing, then go for it!

Brown wooden centre table
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Add furniture

You can add character to a room by choosing furniture and fabrics inspired by organic or raw materials, such as rattan and wood, to help add a natural, warming touch to your space. Wooden furniture will always make a room feel softer, even if it’s just a corner table or shelf.

Add layers and texture

Even the largest of rooms can feel like a cosy den if it’s been decorated correctly. Layer the room with soft textures – for example, add a thick, chunky knit blanket to a chair of sofa to add more depth and a super cozy feel, or perhaps a woven basket for your fire wood, or even a few extra large cushions to snuggle into on a cold winters night.

Display your favourite art

Putting up photos in a room will immediately add personality and character to any space. If you don’t ant to put anything on the walls, or maybe you cant because it’s a rented property, perhaps you could add a few photographs to your side table, mantelpiece or even use those command strips to let you hang art without having to drill into the walls.

Plants and flowers

Greenery always seems to transform a space to make it feel more homely and inviting. I don’t know if it’s the beautiful bouquets of flowers, the smell of them or just the fact that flowers are
generally pretty to look at, but simply by adding some fresh (of fake) flowers to your home will make it feel more cozy. You could even mix and match different vases for a thrown-together feel, or opt for simple jam jars for a budget-friendly, shabby chic style look.

Bookshelf and plant
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Use lighting

If you want to make your room feel warm and cosy, it’s best if your steer clear of blue-tinted or white lights as they will make the space feel colder, instead you should opt for warm white lighting that add a soft glow. Lighting sun as tea lights, candles or fairy lights will also create a relaxing and cozy feel to your room and are great for a budget friendly option.

Storage

To make your house feel more relaxing, try to keep it as clutter free and tidy as possible. The best way to do this is to have great storage solutions such as – stylish baskets, copper bins, baskets you can hide under the bed or wardrobe or you could even use your storage as a feature in the room, there are so many great storage options to suit everyone, but we have found the selection at Lionshome to be great…and very affordable too! What’s more, storage is reasonably easy to update when you want to switch it up a bit, or when you come to over house it’s all there, ready boxed up and good to go.

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Bee Bee Beeswax Wraps – Organic Clingfilm Alternative – Review

I have seen a few people mention using wraps for their food instead of the ever annoying cling film and I’m not going to lie I was curious! When Bee Bee wraps asked me if I’d like to try them of course I said yes! Continue reading “Bee Bee Beeswax Wraps – Organic Clingfilm Alternative – Review”

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Molly Brown London – Review

Molly Brown London is the UK’s leading jewellery brand for children and I was extremely lucky to be asked if I would like to try out one of their items for my daughter. Continue reading “Molly Brown London – Review”

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XY London beautiful shoes- Review

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