Congratulations! You’ve bought your brand new Meadowview home and are feeling excited about starting a new life chapter! So as the imminent moving day draws ever closer, make sure you’ve prepared to make it as stress free as possible with these top 5 house moving tips!
Quite simply, the less you have to move the easier it will be! It’s so easy to accumulate junk over the years so moving house is the perfect excuse to say goodbye to any unwanted items. Don’t just empty drawers into boxes, go through and assess individual items. Will you still need those key rings from last year’s Christmas crackers?! If you don’t use or love an item then it’s time to say goodbye. The same goes for every single thing you own. Approaching each room individually will make the task manageable so packing to move will be a whole lot easier!
If you’re using a removal company you can rest assured that they will provide you with boxes and bubble wrap. However, if you’re doing it yourself it’s probably time to stock up on those good quality crates from the supermarket! Also, don’t be tempted to over pack your boxes. If you can’t lift a box to waist height then it is too heavy. This will prevent you from causing an injury on moving day.
Once you have packed your boxes, make sure you label them! Write the destination room you intend the box to end up in. That way any helpers you may have can move boxes directly to the desired location in your new home without having to take a peek or constantly ask you. If you’re really into organisation then consider creating an inventory spreadsheet where you can record which items are in each box. Then, a simple search on the spreadsheet will reveal exactly where you placed that emergency bottle opener!
Even with the best intentions, by the time you have moved all your boxes into your new home and placed them into the correct room, it’s unlikely that you’re going to want to unpack everything. The adrenaline has subsided and you will be in desperate need of a sit down and cup of tea. Cue the Essentials Box! By placing essential items in a clearly marked or transparent box you can access those important items instantly without having to rummage through 50 boxes, causing havoc as you go! Useful things might include: a kettle and mugs, snacks, toilet paper, cleaning products, bin bags, pet food, toiletries, tools and a first aid kit.
It’s really annoying when you move into your new place and forgot how the cables connect to the TV, computer, games console or any other electronic device. Therefore, it’s a great idea to take photographs of cable connections before packing so you have an instant visual reference.
Also, you can photograph your meter readings so you can contact your energy suppliers and close outstanding accounts. Most of us have decent quality cameras on our mobile phones making this a job that takes seconds!
While it’s obvious that you will inform your friends, family and employer you are moving house it’s too easy to forget to inform your optician or the gym that you stopped attending 6 months ago! There are plenty of comprehensive checklists available online that will help you to compile your own list.
The Royal Mail offers a redirection service that you can take out over a 3, 6 or 12 month period. Whilst it does cost money, it gives you the peace of mind that you have covered all your bases, eliminating the possibility that you might lose valuable documents in the post.
Good luck for your move and if you’re still searching for the house of your dreams, then take a look at our current available properties, here.
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