Everyone knows that moving home can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While it’s true that moving can be hard work, it doesn’t have to be a traumatic experience! There are loads of ways you can take the stress out of moving home. Take a look at our top tips for reducing the hassle of your house move.
1. Book a reputable, reliable removal firm
Naturally, everyone wants to move home on a Friday or during the school holidays, so it’s good to avoid these times if you can. How about moving on a Thursday instead? If you must make your move at these times, you’ll need to find a reputable removals firm and book them as far in advance as you can. Get a few different quotes, find out what the price includes and check their customer reviews on websites like Trustpilot, Checkatrade and ReallyMoving.
2. Take the chance to declutter
There’s no better time to declutter than before a house move. Dragging dusty boxes down from the attic will reveal a whole host of things you once thought you couldn’t do without – but you have never actually used, or even thought about, for years. Like your George Forman grill, your juicer, unidentifiable phone chargers, or cardboard cut-outs of the entire cast of Friends. Don’t hang on any longer. Take the chance to get rid. Your local charity shops are crying out for this stuff. It’ll also mean you have less to pack, less to carry and less to find a place for inside your new home.
3. Create a sensible packing plan - and start early
Packing always takes much longer than you thought, so start early. Think about the rooms you use least and start with them. You can then store packed boxes in these rooms. Also think about the rooms in your house you use most (usually the kitchen and bathroom) and pack those rooms last.
4. If living somewhere previously - defrost your freezer in advance
If you want to avoid your freezer defrosting during transit, try to defrost your freezer a day or two before your move date. Not only will this make it a little lighter, it will also stop water leaking all over your possessions - and your removal team.
5. Be specific when labelling boxes
The contents of your kitchen, for example, may require packing into a number of different boxes, so it’s a good idea to add a little detail. Who wants to go through a dozen different boxes to find your tea cups when all you really want to do is have a quick cuppa?
6. Take pictures of the leads that go into any electrical items
Before you begin to disassemble every electrical item you own, take a photo of the back of the TV, computer, gaming system, etc. so you can easily see what lead goes where when you’re setting up these devices and pieces of equipment at your new home. This will save you a *lot* of time.
7. Pack liquids separately
Try to avoid packing liquids with non-liquids. If containers open mid transit, you don’t want them to leak all over your lovely new (and expensive) rug. If you pack liquids together, the worst you’ll have to do is wipe down a few containers with a damp cloth.
8. Get organised with utilities
It’s easy to register with utility companies – including broadband providers - for your new address in advance. This is also the case for the electoral roll (via your new local authority). You should also get your mail redirected.
If you’re moving from a previous home, on the day of the move, take photos of the final readings for gas, electricity and water (if you’re on a meter). It’s also a good idea to take photos of the readings for these utilities when you arrive at your new home, just in case the seller wasn’t quite as conscientious.
9. Pack a moving day survival kit
Don’t forget to pack a moving day survival kit – essentially a box that will contain everything you will need when you arrive in your new home. This should include things like toiletries, medicines, keys, phone chargers, pet food – and perhaps even a few teabags.
This will avoid having to rummage through a hundred boxes or worse still, buying new stuff that you don’t really need. You might also include documentation you can’t afford to lose, such as passports, driving licenses, insurance policies, and so on, rather than accidentally losing them in a random box of household clutter.
10. Take your time
It’s unlikely you’ll be able to pack and unpack your entire life in one day so make sure you set yourself reasonable expectations in terms of what you can achieve when you get to your new home. All you really need at the end of what will almost certainly be a very long day is a bed to sleep in – and everything else can wait until tomorrow.
This article is intended as a summary only and does not constitute legal or financial advice from Leek United Building Society. No reliance should be placed on this article. We recommend that you seek independent legal and/or financial advice if you have any questions or queries.
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