6 Top tips for moving house
There’s no denying that moving house can be overwhelming and stressful at the best of times, but thankfully there are lots of simple ways to make the whole process as smooth and easy as possible.
To help you out, we’ve collated our top tips for moving house.
1. Create a logical action plan
Make sure you plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to pack, move and then unpack the other side. Add contingency for the days when you have other arrangements, so you’ll have a realistic and achievable timescale to work towards.
While you can’t prepare for illness, you can pre-empt situations where you’ll be unable to work by starting earlier and making a head start.
2. Accept all the help you can get
Whether the neighbour has offered to walk the dog or your mum asks you around for dinner, take all the help you can get when you’re moving house.
From avoiding a messy kitchen by eating elsewhere, to accepting an extra pair of hands for moving day itself, there are lots of ways that other people can make a huge difference in your house moving experience.
3. Start by packing the least-used room in the house
When faced with the ‘impossible’ mission of packing up your entire home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
To avoid worrying about where to start, simply choose the least-used room and pack that up first. Start early, label all boxes and work backwards from the least to the most used room, so the packing process causes minimal disruption to your normal daily routines.
4. Take time off work
If you can, a few days off work can work wonders for your stress levels as you dedicate entire days – and not just weekends – to the move.
If you can book time off, organise a working party with friends and family so you can really make the most of the time you have.
5. Ask for recommendations
If you’re a first time buyer or haven’t moved in a long while, you’ll probably feel a bit clueless when it comes to finding a solicitor, choosing a removals company and securing a mortgage. If in doubt, the best place to start is with recommendations, whether that’s from people you know and trust, or from reputable sources online.
Balance the pros and cons of price, service and availability to find the firms that will make your move as easy as possible, while you might want to ask whether the removals company you are considering is experienced in moving furniture to new build houses or older homes.
6. Give yourself a break
Packing and moving house can be strenuous, so give yourself a break and accept that you’ll need some rest and relaxation from time to time.
Don’t feel guilty for taking a long bath, going out for drinks with friends or enjoying a takeaway after a hard day’s work, and remember that tomorrow is always another day. Good luck!