Moving house is traditionally known as one of the most stressful times of your life. From viewing houses to changing billing addresses to the actual move itself. It’s no surprise that it ranks almost on par with divorce and pregnancy when. It’s a roller-coaster of emotion and one most of us go on more than once in our lives. However, there are a number of ways to make this process less stressful, easier and more proficient.
The most important part of any move is the weeks before hand. Organisation and preparation are the two main features of a successful move. If you make the proper arrangements beforehand, the day of the move will be made a lot easier.
Make sure you’ve booked your moving services well in advance to ensure your ideal moving date. There are certain times of the year that people want to move – generally Spring and Summer.
Ask around when it comes to moving services and the moving process. Utilise different resources at your disposal; books, internet and friends advice are just some of the options available. You will pick up a number of useful tips and it will save you time and money.
Take out an insurance policy that covers your belongings for the move. It’s well worth looking into third party moving insurance. The number of items that go missing or break during a move is remarkable.
Make sure your billing addresses have been changed and all bills are settled from your old house. This can be easily forgotten about with all the other things going on. Have cash at your disposal to cover yourself as a number of unexpected issues can arise on the day of the move.
Remember time is money and of extreme importance on moving day. You don’t want to pay an extra day’s commission to movers when it can be easily avoided. Here are some tips to follow on the days leading up to the move;
- Make sure there is parking for the moving Van at or near the house.
- Dissemble your furniture.
- Take necessary measurements of the new house i.e. the width between the doors. You don’t want to be stuck with a washing machine and dishwasher that doesn’t fit in the house.
- Know where the fuse box, gas and electricity boxes are in your new house.
- Prepack all your boxes. Colour code boxes for each room it saves a lot of confusion and hassle.
- Try not to keep items you don’t use, it can add to the cost of the move. So it’s advised to give them away, sell them or store them.
- Have plenty of supplies aka boxes.
It’s tradition on the day of the move a number of friends and family members will come around to help you move. Make sure it doesn’t turn into a social gathering and everybody knows what they need to do. It’s a good idea to assign people jobs i.e. certain furniture and boxes.
Make a list. Create a recording system of how many boxes you have, what’s in each box and what room it’s going into – it’s advised to use a colour coded system.
Have a welcome box and fill it with essentials that you will need when you arrive. Things like toiletries, cutlery, kettle, phone charger among other things.
I hope these tips help you and relieve some stress from moving house.
Bio: This post was written by Olan Ahern on behalf of Rajapack, who offer a wide range of packaging products and services, from warehouse equipment to office supplies.