Top Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Have you ever heard someone say ‘I am NEVER moving again!’? Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself. It wouldn’t be surprising, because moving house is a notoriously stressful life event. It was actually voted more stressful than going through a divorce or having a baby in a poll of homeowners a couple of years ago!

The stress of moving house comes from financial pressures, as well as anxiety about sorting, packing and moving belongings.

But, here’s the thing: Moving to a new home is exciting! It means a fresh start somewhere different and the chance to make new friends and find new opportunities.

We’ve pulled together some of our top moving tips to share with you.

Get help from the professionals

You may be tempted to call in favours from family and friends, book a self-drive van and move yourself. And, that might be the right decision for you, if you’re a first-time buyer or you don’t have many belongings to move. However, for most home owners, it is really worth using a removals company. Doing it yourself could save money, but hiring professionals will take a lot of stress out of moving day. The last thing you want is being let down at the last minute by your brother’s mate who was lending you their van. Also, trust us when we say, helping friends move is not how most people like to spend their weekend!

So, find a reputable company and check availability well in advance. Remember that certain days and dates will be more popular than others, so it’s worth booking your movers early. Most removals companies will offer a packing service as well as loading, moving and unloading boxes and furniture, so consider what level of assistance you want/need.

Decide what to do with children and pets

Yes, okay we know that the two aren’t the same! However, both should be prepared for the move and ideally should be looked after by a trusted family member, friend or professional on moving day.

Children may be worried about leaving their old house (and potentially friends and school) behind. Family Lives has excellent tips from parents who have moved house with children already.

The RSPCA has advice on how you can make your move easier on your pet and make them feel more at home, both during and after your move.

Give yourself lots of time

The sooner you start to get organised, the better. Don’t leave packing until the last minute – that’s a recipe for stress-filled disaster!

Pace yourself, and start by decluttering one room at a time in your current home. Moving will be so much easier if you only take belongings with you that you actually need/use. Giving yourself plenty of time to clear and categorise your things will make packing them less overwhelming.

Make a checklist

A checklist can help you figure out what you need to do, and when you need to do it. And, we happen to have one, right here!

Make packing straightforward

If you’re going to be packing yourself, you’ll need lots of boxes. Always get more than you think you will need, because trust us, you will need more! Same goes with parcel tape and bubble wrap and/or newspaper – stock up. And make sure you label all your boxes. A good tip is to designate a colour for each room in your new home and put coloured stickers/marks on each box. In your new home put a matching sticker/colour on the door to each room so movers know where to put things.

As mentioned above, giving yourself plenty of time is key to keeping stress levels low. You can start packing things you will not miss weeks in advance of your move (e.g. out of season clothes and coats, books and the bulk of your crockery etc). Obviously, leave the things you use every day until last.

Don’t rush to unpack

Moving is exhausting. Even with help, even with military-precision planning and preparation. You will not get everything done in a day. Do not attempt to! Make sure you have the kettle handy and some tea/coffee, milk and snacks to refuel at the other end before you start unpacking. The first pieces of furniture to assemble should be the beds. Don’t forget to have a box of bed linen and duvet and pillows labelled up and ready to go. After that, take your time and go through one room (and one box) at a time. Don’t be daunted – this is the start of your new adventure!

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