Living in King's Cross: Family friendly in the heart of London
Aug 15, 2018
Have you just decided to relocate? You are probably feeling overwhelmed thinking about a myriad of things you will need to take care of. From packing your belongings to spending endless hours sorting out all the paperwork... Tired of just reading about these? We feel you. That’s why we prepared a few tips that will make your relocation smoother.
Find out if your employer will contribute to your moving expenses
If you’re moving to or within the UK for work, speak to your HR Manager. Your company may contribute up to £8,000 to your moving costs – everything they pay for will be tax-free. Your employer can subsidise expenses such as fees incurred by early termination of your renting contract, travel costs, moving your items and more. London is the 5th most expensive city to relocate to, so getting extra help from your company can make a big difference to your finances. You can read more about it here.
Try to sort out the paperwork as soon as you can - it’s certainly the most time-consuming part of relocating. Take sorting out your current bills – not only will you spend hours on the phone with your water, electricity and internet providers (among many others), but also they normally require to give a few weeks or months of notice. Let’s be honest – life admin is mundane so getting it out of the way first will feel satisfying and save you plenty of stress.
Research your moving company well to avoid surprises
We’ve all heard stories about scams, lost boxes and broken valuables whilst moving. To avoid these, take your time to research your moving company. You should focus on:
Extra tip: take pictures of everything that will be moved, so that if anything gets damaged or lost, you have a basis to complain.
Declutter whilst packing
However dreading it may seem, there is no better time for a purge. Downsizing is very satisfying (once you’ve done it) and you may even make money off it – not only if you sell your stuff but also you will pay less for moving the things you decide to keep. Below are some practical tips to declutter smart:
Build a new network
Coming to a new city may feel incredibly lonely if you’re by yourself, thousands of miles away from home, friends and family. The Internet can help a lot though. While social media is an obvious route to go, here are some more suggestions:
Relocation can be stressful and exhausting at times so we hope that these few tips will be useful to you. If you have any other moving hacks, let us know!