A 2022 survey revealed that over 50% of Brits find moving house more stressful than going through a divorce or having children. Relocating can be a daunting prospect but it doesn’t have to be a major upheaval. In this guide, we’ll share some top tips to help you execute a harmonious, hassle-free house move.
Before you even start thinking about packing, schedule an afternoon or a weekend to declutter. When you move house, it may be tempting to sweep everything into boxes but there’s no point in taking items you don’t want or need with you. You’ll simply be relocating clutter from your existing property to your new home. If you have a clearout before you start packing, you’ll have less to pack and you can free up space in your new house.
Go through every room and decide what you want to keep, what you’d like to sell or donate to charity, and what you want to throw away or recycle. Decluttering can help to reduce stress and it will also make tidying and cleaning easier.
Packing And Unpacking Golden Rules
For many of us, the thought of packing up a whole house or flat, loading a truck, and then unpacking endless boxes on the other side is enough to trigger anxiety and dread. There’s no getting around the fact that packing and unpacking can be time-consuming, but there are ways to save time and effort.
The first job to cross off your list when approaching the task of packing up your possessions is to arm yourself with boxes, crates, bubble wrap, and tape. Make sure you have all of these items before you start going through your cupboards and drawers. When you’re ready to begin filling boxes, start with items you’re not going to need before you move. If you’re moving in the autumn, for example, you’re not going to wear shorts, t-shirts, and swimwear.
Pack anything that you won’t use as soon as you have a moving date. This will enable you to get sorted early, minimizing stress as your moving date approaches.
When you pack boxes, create piles of stuff that belong in the same room, for example, plates, cutlery, and mugs for the kitchen. Wrap breakable items, pack each box carefully, use tape to secure them, and label the box with the contents and the intended destination in your new home. This will enable you to take your boxes to the relevant space in the new house and unpack the contents straight into your drawers, cabinets, closets, or cupboards.
If you have a large house, or you’re moving on your own, don’t hesitate to ask for help with packing. You can hire professionals or ask friends and family to lend a hand.
Finding A Reputable Removals Firm
Hiring a removal firm makes a moving house easier, provided that you choose a reputable, reliable company. Before you pay any money or agree on a date, research local businesses, get quotes, and read reviews. It’s also a great idea to ask people you know for recommendations. You can ask friends, family members, neighbors, or colleagues or share a post in social media groups to get advice. Try to avoid any deals that look too good to be true and look for the best value offers.
If you have special requirements, for example, you need to move precious or large, heavy items, search for companies that specialize in this area. Once you have chosen a firm for your move, liaise with the team to set a date and time and make sure you know what to expect on the day.
Moving Other Items
Most people load their belongings onto vans, trucks, and cars when they move house, but what about other items? If you have a caravan, cars, sheds, or a boat, for example, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to move them from A to B. If you don’t want to drive long distances, or you have more than one vehicle and there’s only one driver available on the day, find out about shipping a car cross country.
Research firms, get quotes, and read user reviews. Look for companies that offer services such as boat and caravan shipping, and explore options if you’re transporting a shed, log cabin, or summerhouse. It’s an excellent idea to look for suggestions online and contact companies to get an idea of how delivery works and compare costs.
Help With Children And Pets
When you’re trying to pack up a house and oversee a move to a new home, it can be challenging to look after children and pets and keep them calm and relaxed. Moving to a new environment can be unsettling for kids and furry friends, and taking care of them can hinder packing progress. If you have children or pets, it’s wise to get help during the move. Ask friends or family members to babysit or see if they will have a pet to stay for a couple of nights until you’re organized in your new home.
Write A List Of Jobs To Do Before You Move
Decluttering, finding a removals firm and packing are not the only jobs to tick off before you move. When you know that you’re moving and you have a date booked, write a list of other tasks you need to complete. Examples include changing your address with the bank, finding a new dentist and doctor, paying utility bills, and transferring contracts to your new address.
You may also want to redirect mail to your new home and explore offers for home insurance. It’s also wise to schedule appointments if you need to have broadband installed in your new house or you want to check the heating system. Ideally, you want your new home to be ready for your arrival.
Pack A Bag Of Essentials
On your first night in your new home, you’ll be tired after a day of unpacking and carrying boxes around. Pack a bag of essentials, such as pajamas, towels, toiletries, and underwear and buy some basic food supplies to save time and effort and ensure you have everything you need to hand.
Moving house is rated as one of the most stressful life events. If you’re relocating, there are ways to reduce stress and oversee a harmonious, hassle-free move. Find a reputable removal firm, get organized early, ask for help with packing and looking after children and pets, and write a list of jobs you need to do before you move. Declutter, pack a bag of first-night essentials and get quotes to move items such as cars, sheds, caravans, and boats.