Moving house is listed as one of life’s most stressful events, alongside getting married or changing jobs. There is so much to think (and worry) about, including breaking personal belongings, losing things along the way and how much it is all going to cost.
The key to a stress free move is organisation and preparation. With everything in place, potential stresses can be managed and your move should go smoothly.
Follow these steps for a stress free move:
4 Weeks Before the Move
Go round your home systematically and decide what you want to take with you and what can be thrown out. This can be quite therapeutic and it’s great to give anything you no longer want or use to charity. Creating space can really help a lot when it comes to packing everything up.
Research removal companies and request a quote from three or four. This way you can find the best deal and rest assured that you have them booked ready to arrive when it comes to the big day.
Go through your freezer and see what can be eaten and what needs throwing out. Before you move, your freezer will need defrosting, so it is good to look at getting this done early on.
Start gathering boxes - your removal company will be able to provide boxes, but if there are any personal belongings and items you would rather pack and take yourself, then you can look into doing this sooner rather than later.
3 Weeks Before the Move
Think about pets, if you have any larger pets such as a horse or donkey, they will need a way of getting to your new home. It may even be easier to have your pets stay with friends on the day of your move while you get everything unpacked.
Sort out any plants you are going to be taking with you, put them into plastic or metal containers and wrap up any porcelain or china pots well. Remember to keep them watered over your moving period.
Tell all the relevant people about your move and give them your new address, you need to include the bank, DVLA, insurance companies and more, not just your friends and family.
2 Weeks Before the Move
Start packing the items that you are not going to need in the next couple of weeks, such as out of season clothing, toys, kitchen utensils and electronics. Having a certain amount done prior to moving day will ease the pressure.
Make a floor plan of your new home and give each room a number. This way you can plan where your furniture will go and be able to assign a number to each box so it is clear what belongs where when you get round to unpacking.
Call your utility providers and inform them that you are going to be moving and ask for a final meter reading and bill. Give them your new address so they can forward any bills to your new home.
1 Week Before the Move
You should be able to do a bit more packing now, as there will be a lot of things that can you can live without for just one week. Clothes take a while to pack, especially if you have children, so get as many packed as possible.
Defrost the freezer completely and dismantle curtain poles and shelves. Take down all the pictures around the house and pack them carefully using bubble wrap.
Write a list of the few essentials you will need the day you move into your new home, such as pyjamas, toothbrush, teabags, tea towel, medicine and kettle. This way you can pack them all in one small bag so you know where to look first when you move in.
Empty your fridge out and completely strip all of your beds. Put all your keys in one place and put little labels on them so you know which door or cabinet they are for at the other end.
Make sure all of your boxes are labeled and have been assigned a number depending on which room they are going in. Do a final check around the house and garden to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
Once all your belongings are out, give the house a final clean and lock all the windows and doors.
Moving house should be a happy day, so by following this guide you should have a successful stress-free move into your new home.