Moving to a new house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your adult life, ranking alongside grieving for a dead spouse and divorce. However, it doesn’t have to be as stressful as it usually is. Not if you prepare well in advance. If you are already starting to get a stress headache just thinking of moving, take a moment, breathe, relax and then read the rest of this post. Below we have put together what we hope will be a helpful collection of tips and tricks to ensure your moving day runs as smoothly as it possibly can.
Arrange Everything as Far in Advance as Possible
The earlier you sort removal companies, volunteers from your social circle and anything else before the big day, the better. This means you need to make up a list of everything you need to do and when you need to do it by. Trust us, the earlier you start, the easier it will be.
We have put this before organising a removal company with good reason. Before you even think about the size of van and size of removal crew you might need, you should have a huge purge of your current property. Be as ruthless as possible. You don’t have to just chuck everything out, though. eBay, Gumtree and Freecycle are great ways to get rid of things and you might even make some money, particularly from the first two. Anything else can be given to any relatives or friends that might want them and then finally the rest can either be chucked out, given to the nearest charity shop or taken to your local recycling centre.
Book the Removals Company
Now you have decluttered as much as you can, you need to now look for a suitable removals company. I recommend this Bristol man and a van hire firm. To avoid paying more than you must or missing out on a potentially great deal, it is wise to seek out at least three or four quotes from companies. Consider also the recommendations given to you by friends and family members. Once you have decided upon a company and accepted their quote, arrange for them to visit so they can see what you need to move and if anything requires special handling.
About booking the removals company, avoid booking on Friday, the weekend or public and bank holidays as these are the days when removals companies are busiest. Aim for a day during the week such as Tuesday or Wednesday.
Labels are the organised persons best friend. Said, well any organised person. Invest in good quality, large labels and label all your boxes not just with the room they must be put into your new house, but exactly what’s in them. This will make it a lot easier to tackle the task of unboxing everything when you arrive.
Pack a Box of Moving in Essentials
You are unlikely to want to start unpacking the moment the last of the boxes are in their relevant rooms. Unless you are of course, insane. Therefore, you need to pack up a box of essentials, that is all the stuff you are going to need when you arrive. We are talking about things like a kettle, tea bags, coffee, pyjamas, toothbrush, toothpaste and anything else you can think of.
It may be an idea to make an individual box like this for everyone in your household.