Moving house can be a stressful and intense experience as most home movers would agree. But there are some simple things you can do to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible on the day, so read on and explore our ten top tips below.
Before you start packing, it’s time to de-clutter your home. Get rid of broken bits of furniture or put them on recycling sites like Freecycle or Ebay. Go through your wardrobe and get out all those unused Christmas presents from under your bed and make a pile for the local charity shop. Go into your new home a hoarder no longer!
2. Before you start packing
After you’ve had a clear out, empty your flat of your de-cluttered goods so they don’t get in the way when you’re packing and cleaning. When you’ve given charity bits away, if you don’t have the car or means to get rid of the rest of your bits, use a company like AnyJunk to come and take it away for you and recycle as much of it as possible.
3. Make a check list
Before you get going on packing, make a list of the things you’ll need to do before, during and after you move. This way you won’t be caught short if a job gets overlooked in the planning process. Also, make sure you’ve changed all your bills to the new address – see which bills you should remember to change in our moving house blog.
Make sure you book a removals firm with enough time to spare as they can get booked up early. It’s important you get a big enough van – most firms are good at helping you work it out if you know roughly how many boxes you have and the sizes of the furniture. Also, consider whether you’ll need a ‘van and a man’ for the manpower when carrying.
5. Time it right
When it comes to planning the day of the move, allow yourself extra time for every task. It’s better to have too much time than too little and there will be loads of little jobs to do to fill the time on the day, but if you don’t plan enough time, it’ll not only knock the rest of your plans out, it’ll also leave you flustered – which is never good!
6. Pack an ‘essentials’ box
Separate some essential items you’ll need on move-in day, such as spare labels, a sharpie and scissors for last minute packing changes. For when you get to the other side, have some cleaning wipes, toilet roll, teabags and mugs to hand too, to save you having to sift through your boxes or run to the supermarket!
7. Label up!
Label your boxes by room and summerise on the label or box with a sharpie what’s in the box so you can get to your essentials easier when you get to the other side without having to unpack everything.
8. Measure doorways
Make sure you measure your furniture and the doors to check you can get it out whole. Many people forget to do this and don’t have the tools to hand to deconstruct it come move in day! So measure it and take down your furniture before the big move.
9. What's the plan for pets and little people?
It may make moving day easier if you plan for your children and pets to be safely out of the way with friends or family members. This will mean you can get through your tasks efficiently, stick to time frames and you have that all important space in the car for extra boxes!
10. Don’t move anytime soon!
Once you’re in, you’re in and if you’re anything like us, you won’t want to move anytime soon! Unpack then sit back and enjoy your new home!
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