Top Tips when Moving Home

Have you experienced the stress that moving house can bring? Moving house can be one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. So before you move house, you need to make sure that you’re as prepared as possible.

Although our last move was literally a 3 minute car ride away, the whole process was still just as hard. After 3 houses, we have now hopefully settled into our forever home and have learnt a few things along the way. So here’s my top tips when moving home.

De-clutter

Once you have decided you want to sell your home, the first thing you should aim to do is de-clutter. Not only will it potentially help your house to sell as people will see a clean, tidy and spacious home, but it will also save you time and stress once you begin the whole packing process. When we sold our first home, my daughter was about 6 months old and, as you can imagine, there was baby stuff everywhere! Although I couldn’t de-clutter her things away, I cold make sure they were out of sight. I put all the big toys, like the jumperoo, in the car and any items I could in a cupboard (just be aware people do like to look in cupboards so don’t just chuck it all in there!).

Our first move was our most stressful. We though, naively, because we didn’t have much ‘stuff’, that we didn’t need to ‘waste money’ on removals. Well, I’ve never made that mistake again! It didn’t help that we didn’t get the ok to move until around 4pm. It’s a long story of muck ups but at times we weren’t even sure we were going to move on that particular day. Because of this, we had only half filled our rented Luton van and still hadn’t really packed everything. The final push therefore was a manic and horrendous mess of shoving things in the van to get out of the house.

So I can’t stress enough the importance of de-cluttering the items you don’t need anymore and subsequently packing EVERYTHING in clearly labelled boxes.

Pack Everything

So, this sounds like a prerequisite to moving doesn’t it. If you’re moving home, you need to pack all your things. You might be surprised to hear though that this doesn’t always happen. There’s always loose items at the end because you’ve either been using them until the last moment, or you just haven’t thought about them; lamps and even cushions seem to get left loose and it just makes moving that bit slower. Have a couple of empty boxes left for the day you move just to pop these last items in.

A couple of tips I have about the actual packing process:

  • Do not over pack your boxes. If the boxes are too heavy, they are more likely to break or indeed, you won’t be able to move them once they are full!
  • As you are packing your boxes, clearly label which room you want the boxes to be placed in in the new house and also list what you have in the boxes. You might want them in a different room in the new house!
  • Make sure you have a survival box for the kettle, tea and coffee, cups, bin bags, toilet paper water or anything to make your new home liveable and keep it in the car so you know where it is as soon as you move.
  • Create a document folder to keep all important documents in a clearly-designated place. These include things like passports, insurance papers, housing and financial documents, medical records, and moving documents.
  • Don’t underestimate the value of removal services

As I mentioned previously, our first move was something of a disaster. We completely underestimated how much ‘stuff’ we had and it made moving an awful experience. Our next move was much more successful and that was partly down to hiring removals. This time round, we had two children to entertain while moving so it was great that the removals loaded the van very efficiently but they also dismantled all the beds, and larger items and re-built them at the other end.

You should get removal quotes from various companies and compare what each offer for the money. Get A Mover offer a service for comparing quotes for moving house and as well as giving you a clear outline of what should be included. They also offer a clear breakdown of house moving costs from fees and stamp duty to removal fees.

If you’re moving home, make sure you’re as prepared as possible. You may even want to consider changing the locks, especially if your locks are quite old.

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