How to make moving home stress-free
How to make moving home stress-free…
Moving home should be an exciting occasion and shouldn’t be stressful. Luckily there’s a way to avoid stress and to make it easy on yourself. We would like to share some tips to make moving home as stress-free as possible.
Pick a removals firm early
Plan in advance because removals firms do get busy, especially over the weekend, bank holiday or school holidays so it is always best to pick a removals firm and book in advance. It is very important that you pick the right removals company. Your items are dependant on the company you choose, and to avoid damage to items or your property, or paying more than you expected, it’s important you do your research. Look at reviews from previous customers, check what your removals quote includes.
Make a list
Make a list of everything you have to do and work out a timeline. There are many moving checklists available online, so check against these to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything!
Declutter in advance
Clearing your home of any unwanted or unnecessary items before your move can save you time and stress but it can also save you money! By getting rid of unwanted items cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to move. The less stuff you have, the smaller the van and the fewer hours you need your removals team for. If you need any waste removing give us a call on 01480 220434 or email us.
Make a packing plan
Start packing as soon as possible and begin with the rooms you use least. Packing these rooms first and using them to store your boxes will disrupt your life the least. When labelling boxes make sure that you are specific about what’s inside, list a few items in the box and which room you intend it to go into in your new house. Try not to overpack your boxes, use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for lighter ones otherwise you will risk the boxes falling apart and possibly injuring someone.
Think about what you can’t move
There are some items that removals companies won’t move such as hazardous materials, plants with soil in, animals etc. Don’t forget to consider the safety of your removals team and yourself. Pack sharp items carefully and consider the weight of the boxes.
Dealing with paperwork
Store all important documents in one box and be placed where you will not lose it. It may be a good idea to create electronic copies of important documents. When it comes to making sure you still get your post, you may want to use the Royal Mail redirection service, which will forward post from your previous address to your new one. This gives you more time to go through all the companies.
Make sure you take your final meter readings. You can set up your internet, gas, water and electric providers in advance. If you’re not staying with the same provider in your new home you’ll need to call them and inform them of your house sale. Remember to put yourself on the electoral role at your new property.
Take time to clean
Getting your keys to your new home early will give you time to assess and clean your property before you move your furniture in. Be sure to keep your cleaning materials separate so they don’t end up packed away. Cleaning the house thoroughly before all your boxes and furniture arrives means there will be no nasty surprises on moving day. If you have access to your property before moving day, it would be a good idea to arrange deliveries of white goods in this time.
Pack a moving day survival kit
Before your moving day make sure you have packed a moving day kit of essentials. This will contain all the necessary items to get you and your family through moving day such as; toiletries, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks and provisions for hot drinks.
Moving day can be exhausting. Have realistic expectations of how much you want to get done. It is very unlikely you’ll unpack your entire house on the first day. Be sure to keep your survival kit to hand and stop for drinks and food to make sure you don’t entirely wear yourself out.
If you need help making your move stress-free give us a call on 01480 220434 or email us.