6 Best Tips for a Stress-Free House Move

6 Best Tips for a Stress-Free House Move

Make a list
Pack Early
Hire a Professional Removal Company
Cleaners
Confirm your Moving Date
Inform all of your address change

Moving houses can be a stressful task. Planning and preparing in advance is the way to go to make it as easy as possible. Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth transition into your new home.

Make a list

Give yourself plenty of time to organise and know what needs to be done. A checklist of some sort can be invaluable as there tend to be many things that need to be done. Label the boxes and note down what is what so when it’s time to unbox you know exactly where what is and in what box. For instance, it is useful to know where all the ‘gardening tools’ and ‘cleaning products are. Some boxes could be labelled by whom it belongs to whilst there are some general household products more in need of specific labelling.

Pack Early

Whether you are weeks away from completion or moving into your rental property, it is always good to get ahead of the game. There are always goods that you do not use frequently so these could be a good starting place. Wrapping everything in bubble wrap can take time, and better to avoid the rush. The essentials could be kept for later, and again can be useful to put this on your handy list to avoid forgetting later.

Organize and pack everything inboxes. Heavy items should be packed in smaller boxes while light ones should be placed in large boxes. Be sure to fill up the empty spaces of the boxes with packing materials. Wrap fragile items in newspaper, towels, or bubble wrap. Use wardrobe boxes for clothing and bigger ones for lighter items. Keep your homeowner’s insurance and important papers with you. If you have mirrors or other expensive items, use a little stronger box for them and extra layers of bubble wrap. It is all about selective packing.

Another tip for this would be to consider using storage facilities which are exceptionally convenient and often not very costly. Some services even offer delivery back to yourself so it can be worth checking this out.

Valuables like jewellery and important paperwork should ideally be kept separate and distinct from the rest. Even a different coloured box or marker can be used to distinguish the significant things. You wouldn’t want to lose these right? In the rush, it is easy to misplace important things so best to take some steps to mitigate the chances.

Hire a Professional Removal Company

There are plenty providers offering this service. It could be useful to look for a more local removal company or professional and explore the market a little. Price is of course an essential element but also it is always important to convey your requirements clearly. For instance, if you need boxes and heavy goods moved from a third-floor apartment then into a property 5 miles away and then into the second floor this is important to communicate as this could significantly impact the pricing. The service provider may need to consider getting extra hands involved, particularly if there are a lot of boxes and heavy items. Also, the quantity and size of goods is important to consider. Having a eight-seater marble table and 80 inch television will mean the delivery van may need to be a size bigger. So from the get-go it is important to convey your needs and get quotes from multiple providers to know how much you can expect to pay.

Alternatively, you may think it is a DIY opportunity with your SUV or good-sized family car. If so, it is even more important to get your to-do list out and get some family and friends involved otherwise can prove to be a little bit more difficult. Assigning certain tasks to each of your friends and family to ensure that people don’t do the same thing can alleviate some stress and tension from yourself.

As an additional service, some professionals provide a fixing service too. For instance, if your bedding and wardrobes needed to be dismantled, for an additional cost, some offer to put these together, so you are all ready to move in. Something to consider to make the move simpler.

Cleaners

If you are moving out of rented accommodation, it could be very useful to hire cleaners to avoid risking losing your deposit. For instance, getting the carpets cleaned to a good standard can go a long way to keeping your landlord satisfied as in the end anything that is not in a usable condition most likely will need to be replaced. So, forking out of your moving budget some for cleaners can go a long way to saving you in the long term. If not, you could spend some time cleaning the place yourself once all your goods are out of the way. It is always nice to leave on good terms and a little gesture can go a long way.

Confirm your Moving Date

Imagine you are ready and packed, arranged your removal van and everything and it ends up not going ahead. A nightmare right? A tip here would be to ask your landlord to get a written guarantee or written statement confirming your moving date and any consequences for not going ahead. That will ensure all parties involved endeavour to keep their word and the moving goes as planned. A simple way to avoid a massive headache.

Inform all of your address change

From experience, this is most likely not the most easily forgotten task but also can cause major stress later. Letting all relevant persons and organisations know of your address change is exceptionally important so they are aware and can forward all correspondence to your new home.

Let’s start with your job, as besides that is what probably has allowed this move. Therefore, informing your employer and HM Revenue can be pivotal which it may prove useful to also update this on your national insurance details.

Moving onto other organisations that may be particularly important to not leave out would be your banking and financial institutions. Along with this, you will need to update your council tax which can often be done by visiting the relevant authorities gov website. It may also be useful to get your electoral roll updated too.

In terms of the more household-related items, it is ideal to contact utility providers, along with your broadband, telephone and even television license. It’s important to call them so that they can transfer their services to the new address.

Moreover, you will need to update all your vehicle-related providers such as insurance companies and your driver’s license. Whilst you are on the insurance grind, it can be useful to contact your home insurance, health insurance, pet insurance and any other relevant insurance providers. I would not also forget to inform your school or university of your address change. Besides, it would not be nice to not receive your degree certification.

Moving homes is often not an easy ride but with some simple steps, it can be made just that much easier. Good luck!

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