It is exciting to move into a new home. It’s exciting to start over and discover new possibilities.
Sometimes it can seem overwhelming. There are ways to avoid the unpleasant. Start early and make a plan.
We have been helping people move houses for more than twenty years. We thought it would make sense to share our top ten tips to help you move.
TIP 1 – Find a removals firm early in
It can be difficult to plan a move date, depending on year. People move more often on weekends, bank holidays, or school holidays. This allows them to have more time. Don’t be surprised if you don’t plan ahead.
It may seem easy compared to all the other choices you have had, but it is crucial to hire professionals when choosing a domestic removals company. Your items’ value will be affected by the company you choose. Do your research to avoid damage and additional charges.
Check out the quotes of previous customers to see what they have said. Ask them if they would be willing to do a valuation. This is when someone visits your home to assess your belongings. You should also ensure that the van is the right size and that there are enough people to do the job.
This article will provide more information about choosing a great removals firm.
Tip 2. – Create a list
It can sometimes seem overwhelming to have so many things to do before you move. Your moving plan can be put on hold, but life is busy.
You can avoid stress by creating a list of everything you need and then setting up a timetable. It may take months to complete your offer, even if it was accepted. It doesn’t mean you have to wait until the move is complete before you can start planning.
Check out our Moving Home Checklist for any items you haven’t added to your checklist. Get email reminders so you don’t forget about anything
Tip 3 – Declutter in advance
Clearing out clutter in your home before you move can help to save time, stress and money.
Donating, recycling, or tossing out items that you don’t need can help reduce your number of items. Reduce the amount of stuff that you own and save money.
Moving is an easy way to save money. Once you move into your new home, you don’t have to pay for transportation of items you won’t use.
Check out our guide to clearing clutter before moving.
TIP #4: Start packing early
It is more difficult to pack than you may think. It is crucial to start packing as soon as you can. After you have cleared everything out, you can begin packing the rooms you use the most.
Packing up your rooms can help you make your life more manageable.
It is easy to list the contents of boxes by labeling them with a simple term like ‘kitchen stuff’. This might not work when you need to prioritize unpacking.
Label the box with the space you want it in, and then mark the contents of the boxes. You’ll be thankful that you didn’t have to open 15 boxes labeled “kitchen” to find the one with plates.
Do not overpack your boxes. While it is tempting to stuff your boxes full, don’t overpack them. Your box could break apart and cause injury to others who are carrying it and damage your stuff.
For more packing tips, take a look at our packing guides
Tip5 – Consider what can’t do.
Certain items are not allowed to go with removal teams. These items include hazardous material, plants with soil, paint containers, and chemicals. Do not feel like everything has to go. Donate pots of paint to charities often.
You might be unable to bear to let your plants go. Instead, you can remove the majority of the soil and place the plant into a pot. Then, you can transport the plant to your car.
Both you and your removals crew must be safe. This extends beyond the boxes’ actual weight or the items you are moving. Before packing garden equipment, make sure it is properly cleaned and packed. It is essential that large garden equipment like lawnmowers or petrol-powered tools be empty and cleaned before you can transport them. Before wrapping knives, be sure to note the contents.
If you’re not sure what you can transport, ask your removals staff. They may be able offer an additional service to help you package more difficult items.
TIP 6 – Dealing With Paperwork
Keep important documents like passports, house deeds, insurance papers and wills in one place or file. This makes it easier to locate them. It is important to keep them somewhere that you will not lose.
It might be worth considering creating electronic copies important documents. You can scan them and save them to a USB flash drive or cloud storage such as Dropbox.
To ensure that you receive your mail, Royal Mail offers a Redirection Service. This will forward your mail from your old address to the new one. This will allow you to take more time to review your memberships, providers, etc., and to update your address as necessary, without worrying about missing important mail.
Tip 7: Organise utilities
It’s easy to forget about final meters readings. It will make your life so much easier. You can also take photos with your smartphone to ensure you don’t lose any important notes. Register ahead of time with new broadband providers, including electric, gas, or water.
If you don’t want to move with your provider, it’s worth calling them.
This allows you to keep track of any final bills you may have.
Update your ID, such as your driving licence, and add yourself to the electoral list for your new residence. You can inform everyone via the Change of Address Checklist.
Tip8 – Take your time cleaning
You can reduce your stress levels by allowing some time between the moment you get your keys and the day you move out of your old house. Before you move in, make sure to inspect the new house and clean it.
Keep your cleaning supplies separate before you move to prevent them from getting mixed up.
Before you move in, it is important to clean your house. This will prevent unpleasant surprises. As you assess the property, you can create a checklist.
If you are able to access your home at least a few days in advance, it is possible to arrange delivery. The space can be used to order white goods, measure for flooring, blinds, and other items.
Tip 9 – Pack a Moving Day Survival Kit
Before you leave, make sure you have everything you need in a move-day survival kit. You will need to have everything you need to get through the day and night, including water bottles, snacks and toiletries.
You need to be able to quickly get to sleep.
Tip 10 – Go slow
It is a big deal. We understand that you want to get as far as possible. It can be exhausting. Be realistic about the amount of work you can do. You won’t be able pack your entire home in the time required.
Your moving day survival kit should always be on hand. Keep cold drinks on hand and all the necessary teas and coffees to keep you going. Stop! Stopping for lunch or dinner will ensure that you don’t become bored.
It will take you some time to pack everything up and get your home looking the way you want. Relax and unwind. Take a break from the office and enjoy a night out. You don’t need to pack everything!