Moving home can be an incredibly stressful time, particularly if you’ve left all the organisation to the last minute. However, the important thing is to relax, regain your composure and start thinking about the logistics of your move in an organised manner.
With this guide, you should be able to prepare yourself for moving day. Before long, you’ll be settled into your new home without a hitch!
1) Get organised!
Organisation is the first step to a successful house move. Firstly, you’ll want to create a checklist of tasks. This can be done either on paper or on a laptop/mobile phone. We’d recommend using a mobile, as you can easily make changes to your list and access the information on the go.
2) Start early
It’s generally a good idea to plan your house move in weekly increments, starting at least 8 weeks in advance. This allows you to break each aspect of the move (paperwork, packing, removals, unpacking etc.) into manageable incremental chunks. However, don’t get into too much of a panic if you feel you’ve left things too late – after all, there’s no time like the present.
3) Make an inventory list
Make a detailed list of all your belongings. This will help you to estimate how much your move is going to cost and will also give you an idea of the sort of materials you’re going to need to ensure a safe transition. Fragile items will need to be protected with adequate packing materials, such as Safestore boxes, while bulkier items like wardrobes should be fine in transit, provided they have been correctly loaded into the removal van.
4) Make time for your move
Don’t allow life’s everyday stresses to interfere with your move. Take a few days away from work to allow you to concentrate on moving home. This will provide you with enough time on either side of moving day to deal with any unexpected issues that may crop up.
5) Learn how to pack tricky items
The internet is full of tutorial videos and useful information about how to adequately wrap and pack fragile belongings. This will ensure your most vulnerable possessions arrive at your new home in one piece.
6) Have a clearout
There’s no better time than a house move to consider having a declutter. Consider donating old, unwanted or unused items to a charity shop, or alternatively, offer them for sale online to fund the cost of your move.
7) Pack a ‘moving day’ kit
When loading your items into a removal van, put the essentials in last (think teacups, cutlery, kettle, kitchen roll, towels and toiletries). This means that once you arrive in your new home, you’ll be able to put the kettle on before tackling the huge task of arranging furniture and making your new house a home.
8) Chill out!
Try to avoid getting stressed out. While some may think stress is an inevitable part of moving day, try to approach each task with a positive attitude. Some things will go wrong, but you’ll get there in the end!