Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful events of a person’s life, and it is easy to understand why. It is hard enough to move just your own belongings, let alone those of your partner, children and pets! Luckily, there are a few top tips you can follow to help make the process a little bit simpler.
Time it right
The day you move out of your old house and into your new one is guaranteed to be stressful, so why not make it easier for yourself and spread the process out? With some careful planning, you could organise the transfer of belongings to take place over the space of two or three days, instead of cramming it into a single 12 hour period. And when you are choosing your moving period, avoid Mondays and Fridays because these are the busiest for traffic. Take a few days off and make it a mid-week process instead.
Get DIY done
A really handy tip when you are moving house is to start work on your new property before you actually transfer all your belongings over. If you leave essential DIY until after you move in, you will find yourself working around a room full of boxes. Getting the carpets cleaned or the floorboards sanded whilst the house is still empty is a good example of something that can be done prior to a move, as is a thorough clean from top to bottom. Smaller, less urgent jobs like painting and decorating can be done after you have already settled in.
Box it up
Get everything packed up a good few days before you are due to move, preferably a week in advance. Rather than scouring the house for boxes to store your belongings in, purchase moving boxes online and get them delivered in advance. Cardboard moving boxes do not cost much to buy, or you could even hire plastic removal boxes as a sturdier and weatherproof alternative. At the same time, consider investing in packaging materials like bubble wrap, packing tape and packing paper to make the process as simple as possible.
Whilst boxing up your belongings, ensure that you leave a moving box filled with essentials that you are going to need on the day itself. This could include a kettle, food and drink, any important paperwork, cleaning products and phone chargers. Leave this box in a prominent place and take it with you as you transfer things from the old house to the new- it will save you from scrabbling around in your packed up crates trying to find teabags!
A week or so before you actually move house, write a list of all the organisations and important people that you are changing your address. This can include the council, banks, TV licensing authorities and your gas and electric company. It may also be worth setting up your post to be redirected with the Royal Mail in order to protect against identity theft in the future. This way, when you finally make the move you know that you are leaving nothing important behind in your old property.
Chloe is an English Literature graduate with a love for words, and finds this a useful skill to have when writing about different things. She also enjoys keeping fit by going on runs and dancing in her free time.
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