Rated as one of the most stressful life events you can go through, moving house can have even the calmest and most patient of people tearing their hair out. You have the financial side of selling your previous home, putting in offers, dealing with solicitors. You then have to search for and secure a new place, so it can feel like you’ve fought a huge battle before you’ve even begun. But once all of that is out of the way, and you have a moving date ready to go, here are some of the ways you can reduce the stress of moving to your next place.
Before you start packing, have a declutter of every room in your home. When you do come to start boxing things up, it will make everything so much easier. If it’s been a while since you sorted your paperwork, went through your wardrobe or cleared out the attic- now is a good time. The last thing you want is to be lugging useless items from A to B when they’re going to be thrown away anyway. Be brutal, a new home is a fresh start and so if you’ve been hanging onto items for too long them it might be time to let them go. Then once you start packing, you know exactly what needs to be boxed up without having to dig through junk and clean at the same time.
Even if your moving date isn’t for a few weeks, start the packing process as soon as possible. Box up anything that you’re not going to need- things like books, decorative items and anything you have stored away. It saves you a huge job closer to the time and means you’re not running around doing everything at the last minute. You could make space in a room and begin piling boxes in there ready for the big move. You may need to book a van from somewhere like this moving company for example early on too. Since these kinds of services usually get booked up in advance, you don’t want to leave it until the last minute. Some services require you to have actually moved house before you change your address. However, others don’t, so you could look into getting some of your bills moved over too. It will save time around the time you move, which is useful when there will already be so much going on
Save yourself a lot of hassle when you come to unpack by making sure everything is packed well. This includes carefully wrapping breakables in bubble wrap or newspaper. Washing clothes and soft furnishings before packing them up, and categorising everything. Carefully protecting electricals is also important. You will need to bubble wrap things like TVs and computer monitors in case they get knocked or scratched. If you have anything particularly expensive or precious, you may want to take these yourself in the car rather than putting them in the van.
It can be tempting to skip steps like this when there’s so much to do, and you just want to get everything out of the way. But once you have neatly packed your boxes, it’s important to label them. Purchase a permanent marker and clearly write what the contents are, and what room it goes in. That way when you’re getting stuff from the van in your new place, it can go straight into the room it belongs in. And if you need to find something specific before you’ve had chance to unpack, you know exactly where it is without turning the place upside down. Don’t forget to clearly label anything that’s fragile or breakable.
Put Together an Essentials Kit For Moving Day
This will be your survival kit on moving day. Make sure you have hold of any relevant paperwork and documents. And any essentials you’ll need on the first day of moving in. It could be things like cups and plates so you’re able to refuel as you unpack. Tea towels, big bags, a bath towel and some shower products for the first night can also be useful. You could use a suitcase or a holdall bag, whatever you go for just make sure it stays on you. And doesn’t accidently get loaded onto the van.
Checklists are a great way to get organized and mean nothing is forgotten about. You could write a list of places that you need to change your address with. A list of the things you don’t want to forget on moving day, such as garden furniture, light shades and any fixtures or fittings you’ll be taking. Rather than trying to remember everything, jot it down. That way it’s easy to keep track, and you won’t get to the new place and realize you’ve forgotten something important.
Prepare Your New Home Before Moving In
While this won’t be possible in all cases, if you have the luxury of getting the keys to your new home before moving day there’s plenty you can do. You could give everywhere a good clean to save you a job on the day. You could take care of any basic repairs, or even redecorate. This will be much easier to do when the place is empty rather than having to move everything in just to move it out of the way again. You could wire in any lighting fixtures, or change things like door handles and sockets if you’re switching them over from your old house. Take advantage of anything you can do in advance to save hassle later down the line.
A bit of planning can do absolute wonders. When there are so many things to think about when you move house, don’t leave it up to chance. Get organized and tackle whatever jobs you can as early on as possible. This will allow your home move to run as smoothly as possible without any major hiccups.
Do you have any tips for avoiding hassle and stress when moving house?