Moving House? Essential Tips and Tricks to Make the Move Stress Free
Moving to a new house is an exciting experience. It’s a chance for you to start again, explore new parts of the world, find new opportunities, and so much more. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. A move is a complicated and challenging undertaking, especially if you’ve never done it before. There are many decisions to be made and a lot of work that must be put in to make the endeavor a successful one. If you’re not careful, the pandemonium of it all can cause a lot of stress. With that in mind, here are fifteen ways to make moving house stress-free.
Pick The Best Day
You’ll find it much easier to move on certain days than others. A public holiday, for example, would be quite tricky, as many people would have the day off work. This means that the roads would be busier, and it would be harder to book removalists. If you have a somewhat flexible schedule, you should play around with different moving dates and look for the cheapest and quietest times of the month. Generally, you’ll get a significant discount in the middle of the week. Remember also to check seasonal times for moving. Many people favour warmer times of the year.
Create A To-Do List
Moving home is a complicated experience. There are so many tasks that you’ll need to get done to make the process easier. Don’t let any of these jobs, no matter how obvious they seem, slip your mind. Instead, write them all down. You could do so on your phone, computer, or with a classic pen and notebook. Once you’re sure that you’ve listed every task, you can take your organization one step further and put them all on a calendar. This way, you won’t forget anything.
Book The Removalists Early
Although there are many jobs you’ll have to get done for your big move, one of the first should be booking the removal company. Depending on the time you choose to move, you could find it difficult to find one if you leave it too late. Plus, the cost to hire a removalists tends to go up the closer towards moving day you choose to book. Picking a removal company might seem a simple task, but it requires a lot of research. You don’t want to book the wrong help, after all.
Map Out The Route
It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving abroad, halfway across the country, or just down the road; The journey that you take to your new home is an important one. You’ll want the most efficient route possible, or you could find yourself stuck in traffic for hours with your belongings. Make sure that you look up any potential roadworks schedules ahead of time so that you can plan your way around them. You should take detours, traffic, and breaks into account too.
Ask Friends To Help
While you do have professional support to hand, you might also want to ask your friends and family for help. After all, even if you don’t need someone to drive your things to the new house, you might appreciate some help with the packing, cleaning, or cooking. If you have children or pets, you might want someone to watch them for you too. If you’re relying on your loved ones, then you should ask for help as soon as possible and give them as many details as you can.
Clear Out The Clutter
Moving house is the perfect opportunity to rid yourself and your home of anything you no longer want or need. Unwanted and unnecessary items can take up a lot of space, which will cost you more money when booking removalists. You’ll also take longer packing and unpacking with so much junk around. To remedy this, you should clear out the clutter from your house before you start packing. You can sell certain things for extra cash and donate or recycle everything else.
Write A Packing Plan
Packing an entire house isn’t as easy as most people first think. It always takes longer than you assume, which is why you should start as early as you can. Write a packing list to help you through the process, beginning with the rooms you use least. You could pack up an attic first, for example, and then the guest bedroom. Once these spaces are clear, you can use them to store boxes and packing materials. Just remember to label all of the boxes as you pack them up. I use a sticker system. For example Blue dots for bedroom, Yellow dots for the laundry, Red dots for office, Green dots for kitchen. This can make it easier to see when you get to the process of unloading.
Stop Going Grocery Shopping
Most of the food you have in your home won’t be able to go with you to the next. To save you the guilt of throwing those things away, therefore, you should stop buying food a week or two before you move. Instead, try to make meals that use up all that you have left. If you can’t finish everything, then invite some friends over and let them take whatever they like. A day or two before you move, remember to do an online shop and have it delivered the day after you move in.
Use Quality Packing Materials
With so many costs already to consider, it’s no wonder that most movers try to find the cheapest packing materials possible. The trouble is, the boxes most people find are not only cheap but poor quality too. Unless you want boxes to collapse with your things in them, you should look for good quality options. That doesn’t mean that you need to pay through the nose for them, though. Many stores collect their boxes in the back to give freely to people who might be moving house. Often too you can see people online who are giving away removal boxes that are no longer needed.
Copy Any Important Documents
It’s usually best to keep all of your important documents, like house deeds, passports, birth certificates, and insurance papers together in one box. This makes them easily accessible and lessens the likelihood of anything being lost. Though it is a tedious task, you must ensure that you photocopy or scan every one of those documents before you pack them away. This means that if those papers are damaged somehow in transit, you’ll still have another copy to hand.
Pack A Survival Box
There are certain things that you and your family might need to get you through moving day. These include provisions for hot drinks, phone chargers, snacks, toiletries, and a change of clothes. It’s important that you can access these things as soon as you need them. To make this easier, you should pack them all in the same box and keep it separate from the others. It’s vital that you know where your bed sheets are too so that you don’t have to hunt for them later.
Send Little Ones Away
As stressful as moving house is to you, it can be even more so for children and pets. They can also get themselves hurt in all of the chaos. If you’re a parent, therefore, you might want to arrange for your little ones to be out of the house for the day. You could either hire someone to look after them or ask a friend or family member to do it for you. If you can’t find a sitter for your pets or kids, then at least ensure that someone keeps a close eye on them throughout the day.
Collect The Keys Early
The house that you move into should be relatively clean when you arrive. However, that doesn’t mean that it will be up to your standards. To avoid any nasty surprises on moving day, you should collect your keys a few days before you move in. This allows you to clean the property without all of your things there, making the process much easier. If you can’t get your keys early, then head to the house before the movers arrive. Even a quick once over is better than nothing at all.
Make The Beds First
Before you begin unpacking any other boxes, you should go upstairs and make all of the beds. The day you move is sure to be an exciting, stressful, and exhausting one. It’s an experience like no other, so you can’t know exactly when you’ll want to go to bed. The last thing that you want is to have to hunt through boxes to find your bedsheets when all you want to do is sleep. Having the beds already made allows you to crash out whenever you want to.
Plan For The Unexpected
No matter how carefully you plan your move, there is always the chance that something will go wrong. You don’t necessarily need a secondary plan of action, but you should have a few other options in case certain factors in your move fall through. For example, you could write a list of backup removalists, just in case yours doesn’t arrive. You should also add a cash cushion to your budget so that any unexpected costs are already covered.
Moving house can be a challenging experience, but, with the tips and trick above, you should be able to make it relatively stress-free.
Deborah Hunter Kells
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