While many people say that selling a house is the most stressful thing, others will say that it is moving house that makes them fret. All the worry of all your possessions getting from one place to another, all packed into one long day of fun! However like most things, if you plan ahead and think carefully about what is coming up, then there is no reason why the stress should take over.
Preparation
Once you know you have completed on the new house, or your notice period of tenancy has been accepted, it is time to plan your move.
Before you start browsing online for storage or removal companies, you need to ascertain what you are and are not going to keep hold of. We all generally have ‘clutter’ that we’ve kept hold of over the years, and much of it can be reduced after a thoughtful clearout. So review your possessions and work out what you can eliminate from the move. Then you need to decide if you are going to make the move yourself or whether to hire professionals. This can be quite a decision as there are of course many pros and cons. While being quite expensive (when you add it to all the other costs associated with moving), it does ensure that on the day all you need to is get to the new house and enjoy the fruits of others labour!
Of course though, some will not want strangers moving their things, or will feel that with a concerted effort from the family, it can all be done in a day anyway.
However make this decision early and if required, get the company booked as soon as you can.
Remember also that you may wish to have the first day at the new house as a time to fully clean it. Nowhere feels like home until you have gone over it with a duster, so you may want to leave the first day to cleaning prior to moving.
Action
Now it is time to do things. Before you start the packing, make sure you have all the ‘admin’ taken care of. You do not want to call the electricity company for a final account to only find you’ve packed the last bill with your account number!
Make sure you call all the necessary suppliers to your house and arrange such things as change of addresses and also redirects on your post.
If you have a young family or pets, it is wise to have then ‘offsite’. For the day of the move, you really only want to be worrying about the move itself, nothing more.
Pack it up
When packing, all you need is forethought, it’s not a science and it can be organised with common sense, however make sure you have given it some consideration:
Equipment – make sure you have all the boxes you will need. Get packing tape, bubble wrap, newspaper, marker pens etc. You can of course box the items within the room they come from as you pack and then label the boxes (as well as remembering to seal and package the well!). If the house you are moving to is empty, make sure you leave a room plan for the removal company so that they can understand which room relates to which.
Remember to pack in a manner that will be useful to unpacking. Having things like tea bags or toothbrushes at the bottom of a box won’t go down well when you want to ‘have a cuppa before we unpack’.
Make sure that things such as bed sheets, clean clothes and some food and drink are easy to get to.
Moving Day
If you have hired professionals who have either been storing your possessions or will be completing the move, then you have little to overly concern yourself with. Most companies will arrive, start the move, and complete the move and leave, leaving it to you to simply unpack.
If however you are completing the move yourself, it’s a day to be up early and ready for action. Remember, bend at the knee, take adequate breaks and be careful! It’s all effort and keeping calm, and before you know it, you’re home!