Whether you’re moving house after 30 years in the same property or you’re relocating from your parents’ home to your own pad for the very first time, moving is never easy. Packing up your life, shifting it and hoping it arrives all in one piece is stressful enough, throw in the financial worries of a move and the disruption it causes to everyday life, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make the process easier. Though it’s never going to be the most fun week of your life, if you take your time, plan ahead and stay calm, you can make moving as easy and as stress free as possible.
The more organised you are, the smoother everything will go come moving day. A few weeks, or even months, before you plan to up sticks and relocate, sit down and make a list of all of the things you’re going to need, and everything you need to do, before the big day.
Before you pack your boxes, go through all of your belongings and throw away as much as possible. Dragging unused kitchen appliances, old clothes and ugly ornaments with you won’t just make the move process longer and more expensive, it will also clog your new home up with unwanted items.
Hire a professional
Though it can be tempting to save money and do the move yourself, you’ll save a huge amount of time and stress if you hire professionals to shift your boxes for you.
If you do decide to hire a van and drive yourself to your new home, make sure you pick a vehicle with enough room for all of your belongings.
Keep precious items out of harm’s way
Before moving day, go through your home, collect up all of your important and precious items, and ship them off to a storage space or to the home of a friend or relative. That way your passports, documents, favourite records and precious family photos will be out of harm’s way when it’s time to move.
As you pack your boxes, make sure you write down exactly what went in each. Keep a marker pen handy to jot down contents, keeping careful note of moving day essentials like mugs, kettles and tea bags.
Take your time
If you can get access to your new property a few days in advance, take the opportunity to go round, give it a clean and take care of any urgent repairs or renovations.
It’s also a good idea to take a few days off work around moving day. Worrying about getting back to the office will only make the experience more stressful.
To find out more about moving home, or if you’re thinking of buying, selling or renting a property, get in touch with a member of our team today.