One of the most stressful and challenging thoughts both mentally and physically is that of having to move again. Having recently gone through the process, I am in no rush to do it all again for a long while! It’s a seemingly never-ending drill of decluttering, cleaning, sorting, packing, unpacking and labelling which seems to take over your entire life while you are going through that process. To avoid this I have put together a list of tips to help you move home easier, quicker and with less stress.
Tips to make your house move easier
Start as early as you can
Plan ahead and start preparations for the move early on. Life has a way of throwing curveballs the closer you get to moving day so reduce your stress by getting as much done as possible well in advance.
Make sure you order enough packing boxes and cello tape or bubble wrap, so packing could start early too. This will help a great deal for you in managing your time efficiently and will keep your stress levels down. Don’t forget to enlist the help of all the family. There’s no reason why children can’t help pack some of their stuff such as books and toys.
Let everyone know when and where you’re going
Do not forget to inform your family and close friends about the move. You will also need to notify your bank, insurance company, credit card providers, charities, and building societies about the change of address.
Keep some cash
Make sure you have some cash on hand for any last-minute emergencies on moving day, such as basic supplies like refuse sacks or boxes you may run out or for paying your van provider.
Keep your mobile charged
Don’t let your mobile run flat. Keep it charged to the max because your phone dying on moving day will only add extra unnecessary stress. Just imagine directing the moving company to your new place without a phone or trying to check with the estate agent is ready to release the keys to your property.
Know where to go for local services
Your estate agent should be able to provide a list of recommended local services and tradespeople in your new area. You don’t know what you might urgently need, be it a plumber, an electrician or two men and a truck service in case you are let down on the day and your van provider doesn’t show. Heating and cooling engineers may also come in handy since you don’t want your first shower at your new home to be cold.
Register with a GP
Make sure you register with a local GP in advance, especially if you’re taking any regular medicines. This will save you from a lot of last-minute stress for sure. It’s a good idea to make sure you know where your local pharmacy is too in case you need to collect any urgent prescriptions. Currently, I have to give my pharmacy a week’s notice for my meds so don’t assume you can just pop in and collect what you need without a wait.
Don’t forget to let your current GP know you’re moving, as well as your dentist and optician.
Sort out childcare
Book a local babysitter to watch your kids and pets. This could be while you are packing up to leave your old place or while you unpack at your new one. Having extra supervision will help protect them from any hazards on moving day and may even make it completely stress-free for your kids to move.
Read the meters
Make sure that you have told your utility companies that you are moving well in advance, especially if you plan to change providers. You will need to take final meter readings before you leave – something that’s very easy to forget. An accurate reading is always better than letting your utility company ‘guestimate’ a reading.
Get all your keys back
Collect all the spare keys you may have given out to your neighbours, relatives or nannies. Hand them over to your estate agent, solicitor or to the new owners to guarantee a smooth handover.
Moving items stored elsewhere?
Have a storage unit or a garage where you keep something as big as a motorcycle, sports car, a piano or even a boat? Double-check with your moving company if they can move such things for you. Alternatively, there are plenty of companies specializing in nationwide towing, motorbike transport or dedicated piano movers, car or boat movers. You just need to ensure you make arrangements well in advance to avoid disappointment.
List the telephone numbers you’ll need
Create a list of all the important phone numbers you may need such as moving companies, real estate agents, insurance and utilities providers. Even better, add them to your phone contacts so you don’t have to waste time hunting around for them.
Take a note of your own and the seller’s solicitors’ phone numbers, so you can deal with any issues quickly in case they arise.
Make sure you can get online at your new place
Make sure you notify your phone line, TV and internet service providers about the house move. They will take a note and will transfer them to your home.
If you shop a lot online, don’t forget to check the delivery address entered on all of your online shopping accounts including Amazon and eBay as you don’t want your goods to go to your old address!
Hopefully this list covers most if not all of the important things. Keep those in mind and you’ll surely have a less stressful move on the day.
What would you add to this list?