Moving properties is said to be one of the most stressful responsibilities. The way in which the process of moving house pans out is largely out of your control. No one can prepare you enough for the unforeseeable possibilities, especially if this is your first-time move. However, with our advice, hopefully, we can make the move as stress-free for you, and hopefully give you some insight into some of the circumstances that you may not have considered. If you plan far enough in advance, the potential for things to do wrong can be significantly reduced. Here is our stress-free moving house guide.
Hassle-Free Moving House Guide: Get Yourself Organised
This is the most critical piece of advice that we cannot emphasise the importance of enough. It sounds like common sense, but leaving anything to the last minute will cause you unnecessary stress that could have been avoided. You should start the packing process as soon as you have set the moving in date. The amount of time we recommend leaving yourself to get everything packed up and moved out is three months. This will give you enough time to identify any issues and resolve them in enough time.
You will also need to book removal services in enough time, so we advice speaking to them as soon as you have decided on a moving date. If you are making a last minute move and have only left yourself four weeks to get organised, then this can still be done in a stress-free way, but we advise taking those few weeks off work.
8 Weeks til The Move
In the first few weeks, you can start the moving process by collecting supplies. Start by collecting large boxes from friends, workplaces or ask around local shops. You can then begin to pack household items that are rarely used. Pack all items in one room in the same box and label it precisely so that you then know later on where to unpack it all. Once you have packed one room up in several clearly marked boxes, make a complete list of the contents on the outside of the box. This will save you time when it comes to unpacking, and you’re looking for something specific.
Ensure that all of your boxes are also labelled clearly with instructions. If the contents are fragile, then make sure this is obvious to you and anyone helping you with the move. It is also a good idea to pack one room up at a time to avoid confusion. With eight weeks to go, you can start packing up the rooms you rarely use.
4 Weeks til The Move
If you have not yet chosen a removal company to help with the move, then it is a good idea to think about this at this point. Get quotes from multiple established companies so that you can find the most affordable and best quality option. It is also a good idea to look at reviews to make sure they’re a legitimate business and ensure they are members of the British Association of Removers or the National Guild of Removers and Storers. Once you have settled on a removal company and booked them for the day you require, you can carry on with packing process.
As you are making your way around each room and packing the contents into boxes, use this as an excuse to declutter your home. Dispose of household items, clothes and furniture if you know you won’t want them in your new house. You can try selling these items, recycling them or taking it all to charity. You can also start to disassemble large pieces of furniture that are not regularly used. For example, the furniture in spare bedrooms can be dismantled and packed away.
1 Week til The Move
By this point, you should hopefully have your life packed up in boxes, and most of your large pieces of furniture should be in a dissembled state. It is a good idea to now stop going to the shops to buy more groceries and try to eat the leftover contents in your fridge, cupboards or pantry. You can also start the process of putting together your essentials box. This will be your survival kit and should contain everything you’ll need for the first few nights in your new home before you have managed to unpack properly.
With just a few days to go before the move, you can start to defrost the freezer and empty its contents. Make a meal plan using all of the remaining ingredients in your home and try and use as much of it up as you can before moving day. You will also need to cancel deliveries, request final telephone bills and notify companies of your change of address. It is important to let family, friends and employers know your new address details. You will also need to arrange the final gas, electricity and water meter readings.
At this point in time, it is also advised to make a plan of where your furniture will go in the new house. This will make both yours and your removal men’s life much easier.
Below is a list of the items you should remember to pack:
- Toilet roll
- Bed linen
- Phone Chargers
- Cleaning products
- Important Documents
- Children’s comforters
On the Day
Hopefully, if you have done all of the above in enough time, you shouldn’t be feeling too stressed right now. The contents of your life should be in clearly labelled boxes or a disassembled state and wrapped in bubble wrap. Make sure that all appliances are turned off and that you have checked the property thoroughly a few times to make sure nothing has been left behind.
Keep your essentials box handy with you in your car rather than the removal van so that you can get to it when you need. When it comes to unpacking, trust your removal men. It’s their profession, and they will know what they are doing. If you are looking for a reliable man and van, then Davis & Mac provides full removal services in London and the surrounding areas.