Giveaway- £50 to spend on your home

I’ve a treat for you today readers.

I’ve teamed up with My Online Estate Agent to share with you my tips on moving house and the chance to win a £50 gift card from Marks & Spencer.

If you are a regular reader you’ll know I moved house about 18 months ago. So fairly recently in the grand scheme of things.

Moving house is probably one of the most (if not the most) stressful thing I’ve ever done. Apart from small accommodation changes whilst I was a student I’ve properly moved house twice- and both times I was pregnant- not really recommended, but when the time of your sale comes you just have to go with it.

front door home

So my tips are;

  1. Start collecting boxes as soon as you put your home on the market- most supermarkets now have a load of boxes near the checkouts.
  2. Buy a huge roll of bubble wrap from eBay- bigger than you think you need. You’ll use it all let me tell you.
  3. Get organised with regards to what you actually want to take with you, going through your possessions to pack them up is an ideal time to get rid of some of it. Have a clearout and take it to your local charity shop or put it on eBay. This does take time so the sooner you start it the better.
  4. Don’t forget to label your boxes. We numbered the boxes then had a notebook with the numbers in alongside what was in each box- write this in as much detail as you think you need.
  5. If you are doing the viewings yourself then let them in and just let them show themselves around the house but be available if they have any questions.
  6. Keep tabs on your estate agent. We mystery shopped ours (via a phonecall) and when they didn’t mention our house, even after lots of coaxing, we knew they weren’t bothered about selling it- so we moved onto another agent.
  7. When you are viewing properties to move to, always go and see as many as you can. I found that houses always looked better in real life than they did on the internet.
  8. One way of saving money when moving house is to use an alternative estate agent- My Online Estate Agent for example, the major saving is that they don’t charge commission fees- so you could save around £2000 as most high street agents charge between 1.2%-2% in fees.

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Disclosure- I have collaborated with My Online Estate Agent on this post to be able to bring you this giveaway.

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154 Comments

  1. January 24, 2015 / 6:41 am

    Thank you for another wonderful treat, Susie! You are a diamond!

  2. Ashleigh Allan
    January 24, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Would love to win!

  3. Monica Gilbert
    January 24, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Love these tips. Wish I would have had them before moving in November. I found that organization when packing really is key. There are some things (like my winter scarves) that I’m desperately looking for due to forgetting where I’ve packed them. But other things, like paperwork, have been easy to find. I’m in the midst of unpacking and organizing, which is always a drag.

  4. January 24, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Lovely Giveaway Thank You

  5. debbie smith
    January 24, 2015 / 10:23 am

    hello there what fab tips !!
    i love the idea of labeling boxes, as simple as this is i never even thought of sorting my boxes like this, it could have saved us a lot of time and effort !
    brilliant 🙂

  6. Gillian Holmes
    January 24, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Please put me into the draw xx.

  7. katie skeoch
    January 24, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Some good tips there, we are looking to move over the next year, the mystery shop idea was good!!

  8. Karl Borowy
    January 24, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    its makes sense

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    January 24, 2015 / 7:18 pm

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    January 24, 2015 / 9:59 pm

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  12. Zoe G
    January 24, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Thanks for your tips

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    January 24, 2015 / 10:16 pm

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  15. tiggerific1973
    January 24, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Fantastic giveaway, thank you for the chance!

    I haven’t moved house in 20 years! but now I am looking to move….scary process! xx

  16. Debbie Gilbert
    January 24, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Love the moving house tips

  17. Amelia Kennedy
    January 24, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Good advice on moving house and love your mystery shopping idea to find a decent estate agent! Thanks for running the give-away x

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    January 24, 2015 / 10:42 pm

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    January 24, 2015 / 10:45 pm

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    January 24, 2015 / 11:26 pm

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    January 24, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Great competition 🙂

  23. January 25, 2015 / 2:37 am

    i also moved when i was heavily pregnant and the new house had to get alot of work not the best idea but all settled now

  24. Paul Wilson
    January 25, 2015 / 4:30 am

    Great stuff.

  25. Maxine G
    January 25, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Great tips – I’d never thought about mystery shopping my estate agent, but it makes so much sense!

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    January 25, 2015 / 8:37 am

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    January 25, 2015 / 8:47 am

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    January 25, 2015 / 9:45 am

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    January 25, 2015 / 10:11 am

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  30. January 25, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Good tips there, its suprising how much stuff you accumulate when it comes to packing considerations! I would dread moving from this house, its big and we’ve filled it! oops!

  31. amy smith
    January 25, 2015 / 11:17 am

    moving house is the worst! i agree with your tips, i think you have to be pretty ruthless when packing as well!

  32. Alana Walker
    January 25, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    Fab prize, we used an online estate agent to sell our house, after a very bad time with a high-street agent. The online agent was great, I would choose an online agent over a high street one anyday.

  33. Leanne V Mckenna
    January 25, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to the My Online Estate Agent site!!

  34. Laura Kilby
    January 25, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Great competition, and I love your blog 🙂

  35. CatherineFurness
    January 25, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    Excellent tips on moving house – wish I’d thought of half of these when I last went through the upheaval. Will be sure to keep this list should i need it in the future (hopefully not too soon!) and pass them on to any of my friends xxx

  36. Sara Goodman
    January 25, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Thanks so much for all the advice and for a lovely giveaway. Moving is so stressful, any good advice is always welcome 🙂 x

  37. Lucy Taylor
    January 25, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Just bought my 1st house 2 months ago. Exciting but stressful times! I enlisted the help of friends & family to help with the move…it’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over the years.

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    January 25, 2015 / 2:43 pm

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    January 25, 2015 / 3:15 pm

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  41. Rachael G
    January 25, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Love the tip about mystery shopping your estate agent! Such a good idea!

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    January 25, 2015 / 4:34 pm

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    January 25, 2015 / 4:57 pm

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  44. Sarah Fawcett
    January 25, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Some great tips, thank you and as I am giving serious consideration to marketing my house this spring, I’m going to take a look at My Online Estate Agent as I wasn’t even aware such a thing existed so thanks for sharing this with us!

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    January 25, 2015 / 5:40 pm

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    January 26, 2015 / 8:42 am

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    January 26, 2015 / 9:27 am

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    January 26, 2015 / 9:45 am

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  63. helen jones
    January 26, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Great tips about moving, and from someone who moved recently have lots of cleaning products and bin bags ready – you never know what you will find when you move!

  64. Lila Leonie Taylor
    January 26, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Thank you for a lovely giveaway x

  65. Alison Joyce
    January 26, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Great tips. I never even considered mystery shopping the estate agent.

  66. Jan Beal
    January 26, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Your tips proved very handy for a recent move 🙂

  67. Helen W
    January 26, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    great tips and giveaway

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    January 26, 2015 / 7:18 pm

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    January 26, 2015 / 7:44 pm

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    January 26, 2015 / 8:22 pm

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  71. Jamie Millard
    January 26, 2015 / 8:47 pm

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  72. January 26, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    We have just sold our house and are in the process of waiting for an offer to be acepted on a property so this will come in handy thanks

  73. Jayne T
    January 26, 2015 / 10:15 pm

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    January 26, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Great giveaway and thought provoking blog

  75. Stephanie Whitehouse
    January 27, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    My ex constantly wanted to move – it’s so nice to stay put now.

  76. clair downham
    January 27, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    would love to win so thanks for the chance

  77. Ellie
    January 27, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Love this! Moving house soon so these tips were mega helpful! Xx

  78. Barbara Bunning
    January 29, 2015 / 9:50 am

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  79. Jenifer
    January 29, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips – I plan on refreshing my house in the Spring! 🙂

  80. Kara
    January 29, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    Moving house was definitely stressful for me. Such a relief once it was all done.

  81. January 30, 2015 / 9:47 am

    We’ve lived in our house almost 7yrs now which is the longest I’ve lived anywhere since I was a teen!

  82. January 30, 2015 / 11:24 am

    I wish we’d mystery-shopped our estate agent! I do think you just somehow ‘know’ when you find the right house.

  83. January 30, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    Great tips, it feels like we are always moving house!

  84. cherie shaw
    January 30, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Thank you for the tips & giveaway 🙂

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    January 30, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    This would be a lovely treat, please keep writing interesting articles too!

  86. lapsapchung
    January 31, 2015 / 6:55 am

    I wish there had been blogs with great tips like this around when we moved here 25 years ago! Information is so much easier to get hold of these days.

  87. CAROL PATRICK
    January 31, 2015 / 7:24 am

    Moving house is one of life’s most stressful events, especially when getting older. Thanks for your helpful advice.

  88. Hazel Rea
    January 31, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Great tip to “mystery shop” your estate agent – brilliant idea.

  89. January 31, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    This would be so amazing, thank you for the giveaway. I am moving soon too, so the tips are great!

  90. Fiona
    February 1, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    would love to win this

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    February 2, 2015 / 12:12 am

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  93. Diane Carey
    February 2, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    We are hoping to put our house up for sale next year and buy a bungalow. We have already started getting prepared to move – saving up, decorating, selling stuff we don’t need, decluttering etc

  94. samanthajbell
    February 2, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Great tips ma’am….now I just need me my own house 😉

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    February 2, 2015 / 7:26 pm

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    February 3, 2015 / 1:16 pm

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    February 4, 2015 / 2:24 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 3:24 am

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    February 5, 2015 / 9:44 am

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    February 5, 2015 / 10:35 am

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  105. Kathleen Bywaters
    February 5, 2015 / 11:37 am

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    February 5, 2015 / 12:44 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 2:01 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 2:37 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 3:11 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 6:32 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Fab tips – when we moved house it was only in the next road(!) so we moved house ourselves using a shopping trolley and our old MPV! No easy task with 6 small children! I don’t recommend it as it took forever, but it was a very cheap option!

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    February 5, 2015 / 7:45 pm

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    February 5, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Great tips especially the one about Get organized, that’s where I always fail.

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    February 6, 2015 / 6:48 pm

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    February 6, 2015 / 10:26 pm

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