It’s said that a home move is one of the most stressful experiences that any of us will have. Here are a few tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.
An assessment visit
Get your removal company to drop out and visit your home before the Big Move. A phone call isn’t enough. They need to see your property beforehand to see how long the move will take and how many boxes are necessary, if they are providing the packing materials.
Clear out junk
Give yourself enough time to do a clear out a couple of weeks before the Big Move and do your bit for the environment by recycling and donating unwanted items. Take this opportunity to throw away junk that has been accumulating in your attic, or better still, give away “preloved” items to friends or your local charity shop, thus providing well-needed funds for good causes.
DIY pack or call the experts?
Decide how much you want to do yourself. Do you want to pack everything, or would you prefer to let the removal company do it for you? It will cost more but it is money well spent. It’s amazing just how long it takes to pack, not to mention the stress involved. An apartment with two bedrooms might look like a job for an hour or two, but believe us, it will take at least 2-3 times that (and we speak from years of experience!). It is exhausting, especially when you remember all the unpacking to be done at your new residence.
Keep the essentials handy
If your removal company is going to do your packing, don’t forget to put aside a box for essentials, such as a kettle, teabags, nightclothes, medication, children’s favourite toys, etc.. It’s easy to think that you’ll remember where you put all these items, but six hours later when you and the family are all exhausted, you won’t have the energy to rummage through 20-30 boxes looking for ‘Flopsy the Bunny’, to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.
Contact your energy providers
Don’t forget to contact your electrical / gas providers and water company, as well as your phone and satellite company, to ensure a smooth transition between properties.
Bonus Tip: a home move is a great time to look for cheaper energy providers, who will most likely have to give you a new contract anyway, due to your new address. There may be a release fee, but this may still be cheaper than staying with a pricey electricity provider, especially if you’re coming to the end of a contract. Shop around.
if you have a big move coming up and have any concerns or questions about Moving House or Packing for success, then please check out our services page for more information. And remember, our friendly and experienced team are always here, ready to answer any questions you might have on 01908 785 328.
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