Moving house can be one of the most stressful life events around. It’s often chaotic, emotional, exciting and exhausting all at the same time. However, moving house doesn’t need to be overwhelming. This moving house checklist has our favourite stress-reducing tips:
Take your time
Starting early with your preparations will help to make sure you don’t exhaust yourself trying to fit too many tasks into a short space of time. If you want a stress-free house move, it is best to pace yourself – don’t leave it all to the last minute. Begin packing items that you don’t regularly use or with rooms that you don’t frequent.
Declutter your belongings
Simply put, the less there is to move, the less time and money moving will cost you. There’s no point in moving things you don’t need and packing for a big move is the perfect excuse to declutter. Be ruthless – if you haven’t used it in the past year, do you really need it?
Pack a survival box
Pack things that you will need first in a particular box (preferably plastic for easy access), this will be your moving house survival box. This should contain necessary items that will get you and your family through the day unscathed, such as toiletries, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks and provisions for hot drinks.
It is wise to clearly label the boxes so you know what’s inside them without needing to open them up. Write on the box what items are inside and which room they have come from or are going into.
Create a document box
Store all important documents, such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance papers in one box or file to ensure easy access. This should then be placed somewhere where you will not lose it.
If you’re able, create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them onto a computer, just in case.
Update your address
Make a list of all the companies and organisations that will need your new address like the bank, the doctor’s surgery and dentist 2 weeks before you move. Bear in mind you can also divert any mail going to your old address with the Royal Mail for a small fee.
Hire a professional removal company
While you could save money by hiring a van, recruiting your friends and crack on with the move yourself, hiring professionals will likely reduce your stress.
Make sure the company transporting your belongings is professional and experienced by checking their feedback. Inform them of the requirements you have and organise with them a pre-move visit to your property, so when they arrive on the day they are fully prepared.