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Budgeting for removal services

For anyone involved in a property purchase there are obvious service providers you will require, like an estate agent, a lawyer, a bond provider and a removal company.

But, Gumtree’s Estelle Nagel says, there’s a long list of other “hidden” services that you should budget for and source in advance. “The process is complicated and full of pitfalls if you don’t prepare properly and get competitive quotes. You can end up in limbo, without a place to move into, or there can be big occupational rent costs for delays, or you can take financial strain from unexpected expenses,” says Nagel

She says all parts of the equation – the property you’re leaving, the moving process, and the property you’re moving into – require proper consideration and research.

One strong piece of advice is to tackle all the major issues on your new property before you move in: “Structure the time in advance and, while the house is empty, efficiently deal with all the major disruptive activities,” says Nagel.

A list of the “hidden” services you need to keep in mind and budget for, includes:

. selling your unwanted stuff: you can do it yourself on Gumtree, have a garage sale or use a one-stop solution who will clear out everything in a single stroke for a commission;

. deed of sale certification: these include an electrician, gas specialist and fumigator

. damp specialists: you may need to get rising damp seen to before you leave or before you move in;

. roofs and gutters: don’t wait for the belting rains to show you where the problems are in your new home;

. a handyman: you can take the do-it-yourself approach but it’s usually more effective to get a small builder or a versatile handyman;

. storage: this is now a very competitive business and don’t just accept your removal company’s quote if you need storage;

. steam cleaning: important for curtains and furniture;

. technicians: to sort wi-fi and DStv installations;

. flooring specialists; if you think the wooden floors need treating, then do it before you move in;

. alarm specialists: to test or upgrade security systems;

. garden services: before you move in, get trees and bushes trimmed;

. pool fencing: if you have a toddler, it’s absolutely essential to put a child-proof fence around the pool or any ponds before you take occupation;

. pet-proofing: if you have a pet, the new property might need more secure fencing.

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