They say that moving house gives the same stress levels as going through a divorce or losing a loved one, but it doesn’t have to be. The build-up of stress starts early, from the viewing of multiple properties, having to endure strangers looking round your house and the pressure of having to pack everything up before the big day, until the day arrives and its non-stop stress until you get a chance to relax (typically once you’ve built your bed).
There is a plus side though, with the right planning and preparation you can reduce the stress levels to a more manageable level thanks to some of our handy tips.
Checklist: A constant source of ridicule but a person that makes lists is an organised person so start preparing things once you have a moving date. You’ll need at least two lists, the first list should consist of things you’ll need to get; boxes, packing tape, string and checking out removal companies (more on that later). The second list should consist of people/companies that you need to notify; banks, amenities companies (water, electric), Internet/phone companies (so you can arrange a new installation for your new house at the same time) TV Licence, Driving Licence, pretty much anything with your address on needs to changed. It’s worth paying out for a postal redirect for at least three months after you move to give you a chance to change anything you might have forgotten. Alternatively if you are on friendly terms with the new inhabitants of your old property ask them to send on any post that has slipped through the net.
Unless you are planning to move yourself using a van and some helpful friends, you’ll probably need to employ the services of a removal company. In the first instance shop around and get at least three quotes, ideally try and ask around amongst your friends to see if they can recommend anyone. This is usually the best way to find a good company as even the flashiest website doesn’t mean they’ll be good. For added security ensure they are members of either the British Association of Removers (BAR) or the National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS), they’ll also be a good place to check for reputable companies.
When packing, try and make it easy on yourself, don’t frantically fill up boxes like you’re trying to escape in the shortest possible time. Instead tackle each room in turn, starting with the rooms that are used least and ending with the most used spaces (typically the kitchen, although remember to leave out every day utensils for the last night!). Once packed, colour code and label the boxes but remember to label the boxes on all sides. This will save time later if you’ve only labelled the top of the box and have to dismantle a wall of boxes in your new place to see what’s written on the top of them!
Following all of these tips will ensure that the removal company can do their job and make it easy on you when it comes to unpacking. Happy moving!
Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects including Business Moves and Removals.
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