Moving house should be a time of excitement, new adventures and a chance to make your new place your own. But for some, it can be a super stressful and overwhelming time too.
This is why you must know how to avoid the unnecessary stress that typically comes with moving houses. From picking and booking a removal company to organising your paperwork correctly, there are many things you can do to get your moving process right. Below is a list of tips you may use to make your move as stress-free as possible.
Tips You Need to Know for a Stress-free House Move
1. Book A Trusted Removals Company Early On
It’s wise to pick and book a professional removal company a month or so before you plan to move out, or you may find that it’s hard to book in for the date you want.
Picking the right removals team is an important decision and can massively influence your house moving experience. Your items are dependent on the company you choose, and to avoid damage to items or the property, or paying more than you expected, it’s essential to do your research.
Google reviews are a great way to start. Search for “removal companies” on Google maps and get looking at those reviews and star ratings. With a service this integral to a safe and stress-free house move, this step could make all the difference.
2. Declutter And Pack In Advance
Preparing your home for clearing of any outdated, unwanted, or useless belongings before moving will save you not just time and frustration, but also money!
By donating, recycling or throwing away things you don’t need, you’re cutting down on the number of belongings you have to move. The fewer items you have, the smaller the van and the fewer hours you need your removals team for.
3. Use Quality Packing Materials
Items made of glass and other delicate materials should be suitably packed with plenty of bubble wrap and placed in double-walled boxes so that nothing gets damaged during the move.
Many professional removal companies will supply their customers with high-quality packing materials and boxes during the move.
4. Label Every Box
You will save yourself a lot of worry and stress if you label every box. It’s quite natural to forget what you have in each box or where you’ve kept your necessities, so labelling every box will save you a lot of treasure hunting and stress. Being organised while packing is essential for a stress-free moving experience.
5. Organise Your Paperwork
Store all important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance papers in one box or file to ensure easy access. This should then be placed somewhere safe so it won’t get lost.
It may also be a good idea to create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them onto a USB, or in cloud storage such as Dropbox, so you always have access to them.
To ensure you still get your post, you may want to set up the Royal Mail’s redirection service, which will forward posts from your previous address to your new one. This gives you a little more time to go through all your providers and memberships and update your address at your leisure, without worrying about missing out on an important post.
6. Take It Easy
While moving house is naturally pretty stressful, it is vital for you to ease up on the pressure and stress you put on yourself.
Have realistic expectations of how much you want to get done – it’s highly unlikely you’re going to unpack your entire house by the first night!
Remember to take time to relax and unwind – enjoy a night in or go out and have fun with friends. Your life does not have to revolve around unpacking as soon as possible.
Written by Kate, on behalf of Falconer Removals.