Our Tips To A less Stressful House Move
Moving house is one of the most stressful and significant times in anyones life. Humans are innately creatures of habit and changes don’t always sit right with us, hence the heightened levels of stress and anxiety that comes with upping sticks and moving.
Recently, I myself have moved house and have had to experience the hard way, the stresses and strains of moving, so I thought it would be good to share some of my tips in hindsight, to help you with your own moves. Especially in a period where the real estate market is flying, due to the stamp duty holiday, I thought this blog would be well timed.
MOVING HOUSE PACKING TIPS
- Before you even start to think about packing your belongings into boxes – Declutter and clean. Go through everything and I mean everything, even the stuff in the loft and decide whether to keep, donate or bin/recyle. This will mean that when you do move into your new home, you haven’t wasted time packing and unpacking or wasted room in storage. You will start the next chapter in your new home, clutter free and organised. When I made the decision to move house, I instantly started to organise and get rid of anything unwanted. This meant by the time it came to packing, I didn’t feel too rushed for time or stressed (at that point).
- Start early! The earlier you start, the more organised you will feel and if something unplanned or unexpected comes up, it won’t throw you off too much. When the day does come to move, believe me you will be so much more chilled. I have moved about 5 or 6 times in the last 25 years and I have made the mistake of leaving packing to the last minute and goodness, I don’t wish that stress on anyone.
- If you can afford to book a removals company for the big day, then I would definitely recommend it. I hired a removal company to help me on the most recent move and the cost was totally justified. The physical pressure and exhaustion is real but it definitely released me from the extreme exhaustion so I still had the energy to unpack ASAP in our new home. The removals company are experts, they do it everyday so they will always make a move far more efficient.
- A little tip that I found useful was to keep all your clothes on the hangers and use wide cling film to wrap around your clothes, this way you can get them hung up straight away in the new house and still kept clean. I know its not the most environmentally friendly things to do but it did save me a lot of time.
- When it comes to packing the boxes, start with the things you use the least and label them, they can then go straight to the loft or garage when you arrive. The things you do use often leave until the week of the move. I lived with the absolute minimal essentials in the last week at my previous property, remember you still need to function in that week.
- Lastly, number each box so you can tick them off in your new home. This helped me to find my belongings easier and to know what was in each box.
- If you have children or pets, I would arrange for them to be with a friend so you’re are not worrying about them on the day of your move.
- Your belongings that you use everyday keep to once side or put them straight in your car to avoid them being muddled with your other boxes. Things to keep aside:
- Everyday toiletries
- Toilet Paper
- Tableware and cutlery for the next couple of days
- Clothes, underwear and pyjamas for the next few days
- Tea, coffee, sugar
- Kettle for the much needed coffees
- If you have pets, their food.
- Clean everything before you start to unpack.
- Unpack the kitchen and bedding for the bedrooms first.
- Don’t forget to change your addresses for voting, bills, driving license and bank etc.
I think the most important thing to take away from this is to plan and do little by little so the move doesn’t become extremely overwhelming. It will be stressful, as moving house is listed as a major life stressor. Hopefully by following these tips, the move won’t be so bad.