Planning a Stress-Free House Move
Guest post by Compare My Move
Everyone knows how difficult it can be to move house, you're literally packing up your life and transitioning to a new one. But there's no reason this can't be a fun and enjoyable experience! You're giving yourself a fresh start with a new house to call home. It doesn't have to be a hair-pulling process, you can transition into your new property with ease if you prepare in advance.
With new opportunities, new communities to belong to and a new house to make your own, it'll all be worth it in the end. There are just a few simple steps you should consider to give yourself a stress-free move.
1. Planning and Preparation
To ensure an efficient and organised move, you must plan weeks beforehand. If you have a rough idea of what needs doing and when then the preparation will feel less chaotic. Allow leeway for any emergencies or unexpected plans, but if it's possible, stick to your schedule as best you can. Make a list of any tasks that need completing or which rooms you'd like to start unpacking first. Divide everything into more manageable steps and allow yourself enough days to finish.
You could book time off work, compare conveyancing quotes and book a removal company. Prepare any pets or children so that they don't feel lost or panicked during the move, make decluttering or packing into a game so that they'll join in. Think in advance and try to avoid leaving any tasks until the last minute as it will only feed your stress further.
2. Declutter your Home
It might seem like an inconvenience but decluttering can be very beneficial. Time is valuable during any move and by cutting down on belongings, you'll be saving yourself an extra few hours of packing and unloading. You'll feel a lot more organised and will have a lot less to transport. By clearing any unwanted items, you can save yourself not only time but also money. Fewer items mean less packing materials to purchase. It also means fewer boxes for the removal company to move, lowering the cost. Be strict and throw away anything that isn't used. If you're stuck on where to begin, you could try the latest Marie Kondo craze to get started.
3. Speak to your Solicitor
Solicitors are there to support and guide you throughout the moving process. If you have any concerns or questions, don't be afraid to speak to them. Conveyancers and solicitors handle the legal contracts and paperwork required when transferring ownership of a property. They are highly qualified and experienced and are there to ease your mind and answer any queries you may have. If you're unsure of any part of the moving process, ask! They can walk you through every step and help you move stress-free.
4. Hire a Removal Company
The more helping hands available, the better. Using a removal company can reduce stress when packing and create a more efficient move. It's important to compare removal quotes before choosing the company but once you find the appropriate one, book a date as soon as possible. You don't want to be disappointed or panic if you try booking later and realise that they don't have a date appropriate for you.
Many offer a full packing service or storage facilities to help protect your belongings. The right company will have a highly trained and qualified team who will help with the heavy lifting and secure your personal items during transit. Plan in advance and ensure you do your research to find a professional and reliable removal company near you.
5. Begin Packing as Early as Possible
It's never too early to start packing! It can often take longer than you originally think so it's best to start when you can, beginning with the least-used rooms. A good starting point is to set up inventories for essentials and non-essentials. As you add each item to a box, add it to your inventory. The earlier you start the more organised you'll feel.
Labelling boxes is a great way to keep organised and to unpack more quickly. You could add the room you'd like it to go in (so it's easier for the removal company to unload) and a few notes on what items are inside. But don't over pack as it can lead to losses and damages. The box could fall apart or burst open, damaging either the belongings or the person carrying them. If you haven't found time to declutter yet, now is the time!
6. Organise Utilities
This can be an easy step to forget, but it's important to think about. Taking the final meter reading is probably not the main concern you'll have on your mind when preparing for the big move. Take notes, set alarms on your phone, take little steps to ensure you remember.
Register with new broadband providers beforehand, think about the gas, electric and water in your new home. In the case that you're remaining with your previous provider, give them a call to ensure everything is planned and ready to go. By Organising your utilities you can then organise your final bills. Don't forget to update anything that requires your home address (e.g. driving license) and to cancel the bills in your old home.
7. Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help
Sometimes it can feel difficult to ask for help. But if it reduces the amount of pressure or stress then it's always worth it. A lot of people understand the strain of moving house and will be happy to lend a hand. It can be a good opportunity to get to know your new neighbours too! Never be afraid to ask friends or family members if they're free to help out, whether it's with decluttering, packing or just to have company during a quick break. Even just having someone to talk to can be a great help.
Asking for help might even be reaching out to your solicitor for advice or to a removal company for their service. Help can be essential for a stress-free move.
8. Pack a Bag of Essentials
Before moving day, it's always useful to pack essentials into a survival kit. Whether it's the last night in the old house or the first one in the new house, this bag should be filled with the everyday necessities you use. Ensure you have easy access to these supplies, packing them in your car rather than on a removals truck. From toiletries to phone chargers, there are a lot of necessities that can be easily forgotten or temporarily lost amongst the numerous boxes.
Here's a brief list to get you started:
- Important documents
- Phone chargers
- Toiletries (toothpaste, shower gel, toilet roll etc)
- Toys for children
- Snacks and cold drinks
- Anything you use daily.
9. Clean When You Can
If you receive the keys before moving day, cleaning your new home could be very therapeutic and help you organise your belongings more quickly. You don't have to spend hours on a deep clean, but it can help with organisation and will make it a safer environment on moving day.
In the case that you don't have access to the house, a good tip is to pack your cleaning supplies separately so that they are easily accessible on moving day. It makes the process go more smoothly and efficiently.
10. Rest and Relax!
It's easy to forget how much of an impact moving house can have on your mental health. It's often overwhelming and it's easy to push yourself too far. Make sure you get enough sleep and take quick breaks during any physical work. Keep cold drinks and snacks nearby and don't wear yourself out.
Allow little, affordable treats throughout the process. Visit an ice-cream shop, take a long walk, go visit a few friends, if you've planned ahead there is no rush and you can allow yourself these little breaks away from the pressure.
It's almost time to explore your new home and make it your own! Breathe, plan and enjoy the journey, it takes time but it'll all be worth it.