What is home-staging? It’s not a concept with which everyone in the capital is intimately familiar. Sometimes, property gets snapped up before home-staging has even been considered, let alone executed. But when it’s in place, home-staging can present a house or flat in its very best light and if interest has been sluggish, it can make it buoyant and help a struggling property to sell. It allows you to take a step back and view your home objectively, without sentimentality clouding your view and your judgment. Home-staging is all about that vital first impression and although it can take time and effort, it can not only aid with selling, it can also add value to your property. It eliminates the kind of clutter and scruffiness that can get in the way of a sale and it changes the game altogether. You can find out more about Ward Thomas’s London home-staging services here.
Regardless (or, for some people, because of) Brexit, moving to Europe is a thrilling prospect pursued vigorously by many of us every year. A new life on the Continent is a challenging but wholly rewarding life-change, but before it gets under way, there’s the matter of packing up all your stuff and getting it over the sea in one piece. We’re an experienced European removals service but whether you’re moving with our help or with the assistance of one of our competitors, we’d urge you to ask the right questions so that you’re relocation job goes smoothly and seamlessly, with no nasty shocks at crucial junctures. Here are just a few of the enquiries we’d wholeheartedly encourage you to make once you’ve engaged a removals service and the ball is rolling.
While no one ever claimed it would be easy, there’s no doubt that moving overseas is one of the most exciting and rewarding decisions you can make. No matter how it’s come about – whether through a job offer or simply as a result of your own desire for a big change – it’s a wonderful challenge. New opportunities and experiences await you, as does the chance to immerse yourself in a different culture. But before you breeze off the airport and embrace your new life, there’s usually plenty to do and even more to remember. Since we’re an international relocation service, we’ve helped huge number of people taking the overseas plunge, so here are some of our pointers:
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Accommodation: If you’re not being supplied accommodation as part of a moving package with a company, you’ll need to find your own and make sure that all the utilities are set up before you arrive. While looking, you would also benefit from taking into account the cost of living, crime levels and schooling in your chosen area.
Language/Culture: If your new home is not an anglophone country, it’s a good idea to start learning the language. This will help you adapt and be connected to your local community. You’ll also have better dealings with officialdom, doctors, solicitors and so on. Researching local customs and values is another good start.
Schools: If you’re migrating with family, then finding a school for your children is vital. The state education in different countries works in different ways (and some countries don’t have such a thing at all). And what about English-speaking schools which might be easier on your offspring? Get in touch with the education authority in your new country to find out how to get the ball rolling and ensure you have all the right documentation so your children can be enrolled.
Children: It is perhaps your kids who will be most affected by the change, particularly because it’s a change over which they have limited control. You can take steps to prevent your child becoming the stereotypical lonely expat kid. Creating routine, helping them stay in touch with their old friends while simultaneously forging new ones, will prevent seclusion and isolation.
Don’t forget to add the following to your research checklist: healthcare, tax requirements, converting cash, and choosing an international relocation specialist to conduct your international removals work, such as Anthony Ward Thomas.
Wouldn’t it be better if, instead of saddling ourselves with a host of self-punishing resolutions (learn a new language, lose that mythical 1kg that will ensure permanent happiness, abstain from every pleasurable vice, go to the gym every day), we made easy-to-sustain new year’s resolutions for our homes instead? By January 31st, our friends, relations and neighbours are all silently (or loudly) cursing themselves as, one by one, they break the resolutions that seemed so sincere at the time of their making. The ex-smoker is now furiously puffing away in secret, the born again teetotaller is collapsed in the corner drinking vodka from the bottle, and the wannabe gym bunny is slumped on the sofa with a box of doughnuts and a remote control for company. Conventional new year’s resolutions come with a kind of inbuilt, inevitable failure. On the other hand, making a few decisions that will have a positive impact on our living environments is another matter entirely. Here are some ideas which – even if you just pick one – will make your home a better place.