Moving to a new house, no matter how tidy and minimalist you think you are, is a big deal. It’s only when you try to pack everything you own into boxes that you realise the sheer amount of stuff a house contains, and how awkward it is to move through doorways and tight staircases – Ross from Friend’s iconic ‘pivot’ scene springs to mind!
Moving will always be hard – that’s unavoidable, but you can certainly make it easier. Below are 5 top tips to help make the moving process as simple and stress free as possible!
5 top tips to an (almost) stress free move
Start early, but not too early! You don’t want to be living in a house full of boxes, with all the essentials goodness knows where, for months on end. Start to declutter and purge as early as possible though! All the accumulated ‘mess’ – old laptop boxes, broken appliances, old clothes, get rid of it sooner rather than later. It might seem simple, just a few trips to the charity shop, but the emotional attachment you have to clothes you’ll certainly never wear can be very strong, and you definitely don’t want to bring your clutter with you to your fresh start.
Book a removal company and/or a van
If you don’t have too much stuff, and are moving from a small flat, it might be possible to do the move with a hired van and the help of a small army of friends. Consider this as an option, as it’ll be a lot cheaper! Be realistic though; if you think you have too much to move alone, book a removal company. Search early so you can get a good deal – it’s likely the best firms will be popular and booked up well in advance! Any stress you can remove by getting things sorted ahead of time is a good thing.
If you decide to rent a van, you will need to be aware of the van hire excess amount. If you rent holiday cars you should be familiar with the term, In a nutshell it is the amount that you would be liable for in the event of an accident even if not your fault. For example damage when the van is parked. The excess can be very sizable, but if you check out this expert guide on van hire excess insurance by MultiQuoteTime you can find out how to reduce or waive your rental excess risk completely. Also remember to bring a credit card for the refundable local deposit, cash is not normally accepted.
Label, Label, Label!
The worst thing about moving and unpacking is having no idea where anything is. It’s easy enough to lose something when it’s ‘meant’ to be on a shelf, times that by about a thousand and you’re getting close to finding anything when ALL your possessions are in unmarked cardboard boxes. Label boxes by item, room, whatever – just make a system and stick to it. This will also make it much quicker to tell your friends, or the removal people, where to put the box, saving you from moving everything around again later!
Room by room
This will help with both packing and unpacking. Pack all your things room by room, and label them with the room they need to go to. This also makes it more manageable – you can set yourself the task of packing a room by a certain date, and likewise of unpacking a room by a set day. Breaking the move down into smaller tasks makes it feel much more manageable.
A house move isn’t just moving all of your physical things – there’s also a lot of paperwork involved. At some point, ideally quite early, you’ll want to get on top of notifying a significant number of agencies about your move including but not limited to the DVLA, HMRC, your insurance provider(s), Royal Mail, the NHS, and many many more. It’s not exactly thrilling work, but if you don’t do it in a timely manner, you could be seriously inconvenienced, or worse, get in trouble with the law.
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So, have your moving checklist at the ready and you’ll be just fine!