How To Have A Hassle Free House Move
Moving home is renowned for being one of life’s biggest causes of stress, but with a little organisation and a strategic plan in place, it can be a quite exciting time, says Gemma Williams, Customer Service Manager at ABC Selfstore.
When moving home, there’s a huge amount of organising, packing and tidying to do, but we don’t believe it has to be such a hectic time as there are plenty of tips and tricks to utilise.
Begin by making a list. It’s the most obvious advice to give but can be overlooked when moving. Start by jotting down a list of things to do before you start packing, as this will make things easier when it comes to moving day. Also, draft a list of people who will need to be notified of your move; such as banks, insurance companies, doctors and schools.
Before you start placing items in boxes, it is always wise to sift through your belongings and have a good clear out. If you find yourself getting rid of a lot, why not have a car boot sale or donate some of the items to charity. You may even be able to buy something for the new home with your profits.
Don’t forget to calculate how many boxes you will need and try and find some in a variety of sizes; running out of boxes mid-packing is a sure way to delay the overall process. You’ll also need strong tape, bubble wrap and small bags to keep smaller items together.
Make sure you allow plenty of time, as it always takes longer than expected, especially when you start reminiscing over old photographs. Also, plan time to dismantle any furniture; the last thing you will want on moving day is a broken set of draws.
Unless you travel light, you won’t be able to pack and unpack in one day, so it’s a good idea to keep an essentials box for the things you’ll need for the first few days in your new home, such as clothes and toiletries. Additionally, prep a box full of instant coffee and tea as well as snacks and utensils; these will be useful when you arrive at your new home.
When it comes to the actual packing, there are a few things to remember: begin at the top of the house and work downwards, especially if you have an attic. Clear one room at a time and keep all boxes together, also pack heavy items in smaller boxes to make them easier for transportation. We also suggest that you should label or colour code your boxes, this will make your unpacking much easier.
Finally, keep all important documents such as birth certificates and passports together and store them in a safe place.
Don’t forget to have plenty of tea breaks and consider asking a family friend if they could take care of any children to help make sure the move is a smooth as possible. Whilst moving home may be hectic for adults, it can be a little uninteresting for young ones and you can end up being onto of each other.
Some house moves can take longer than others and it is not uncommon for people to go through a transitional period, where the old house sells before the new house is ready to move into. In this type of situation self-storage can be a great aid for storing all your homely possessions. Most self-storage units have 24 hour security so you won’t have to worry about your whole world being left in a box.
Finally, good luck with the move!
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