Moving house is high up on the list of stressful times in life. From the very moment you put your house on the market, up until opening the door of your new home for the first time you are plunged into a period of chaos and disruption and that’s before you take into account the technicalities of surveys, money transfers and legal obligations! It’s a wonder why any of us embarks on the process in the first place.
We do it because moving to a new property in a new area is exciting, it’s just the moving process that can be a little frustrating. With a bit of planning you can make moving house an easier experience and remember, the more organised your packing is, the easier it will be to unpack in your new home!
Let’s face it, the moving process can take months due to the amount of red tape. This allows oodles of time to prepare for moving day. Start early and sort everything, in every room, into categories of keep, sell, throw away, give to charity or store. This will get rid of clutter that you don’t want to take to your new house. Selling unwanted items will generate cash and charities will be very grateful for donations. If you have items that you want to keep, but you don’t need access to in the immediate future, it may be worth putting them into personal self storage, this will create space and will keep the items safe until you move into your new property.
During the preparation process, gather as much packing material as possible, along with labels. Write lists of who needs to know your change of address, include utilities, Doctors and banks. Write lists on every aspect of move day and have essential telephone numbers to hand.
Consider how you are actually going to move, as in do it yourself or call in professional removal firms. Get quotes and seek reviews and recommendations.
This is a tedious task, but see it as an opportunity to sort through everything you own. Use colored stickers on boxes filled with items that will relate to a specific room in your new house, this will make unpacking so much easier!
Carefully wrap fragile items and mark the storage boxes as “fragile”.
Moving is stressful and there are certain timescales to adhere to. If you have young children and/or pets arrange for them to spend the day with friends and family, so that you can fully concentrate on the task. Gather cleaning supplies and give your old home a good clean once empty. You will need cleaning supplies for your new house too, as it may not be left as clean as you would like.
You will need to eat and drink during the move as you will need energy, there may possibly be a lot of waiting around as money transfers. Pack sandwiches, biscuits and snacks along with a few mugs, tea, coffee, milk and don’t forget the kettle!
Once you are in your new home, you will hopefully be able to relax and take time to unpack. It’s a good idea to pack an overnight bag for the first night, so that you don’t have to start rummaging around, looking for things in boxes whilst exhausted!
Remember to take meter readings in your new property and ensure power and facilities are connected and turned on.