Everyone at some point in their life is faced with the intimidating task of moving home, whether it’s moving from a rental home to the first home you’ve ever bought or you’re simply upsizing after having children. Moving home can be a very stressful time but don’t worry; there are lots of ways to organize the move to make it easier for yourself.
How you pack up your belongings can have a big impact on how stressful your move is. First of all, make up a case with all of your essential items so that you are never without them as there is a big chance they could get lost in the chaos of the move. Don’t take this case to your new home until the very last minute. You should also leave any perishable food items or food that you use regularly until last. One of the best ways to ease stress is to simply buy convenience foods for a couple of days while you move so that you don’t have to worry about unpacking the kitchen immediately.
Make sure you invest in some high-quality packaging materials, otherwise you might end up with collapsing boxes which would be a nightmare. Try to even out the weight of each box by spreading heavier belongings between them too, this way there shouldn’t be any boxes that are too heavy to carry. And lastly, label your boxes as clearly as you can and try to keep belongings for certain rooms with each other so that you can easily unpack them at the other end.
An important thing to prioritise is cancelling your utility accounts for your current home and setting up new accounts for your new home. Sometimes it’s as easy as changing your address with them if you change the current supplier however, sometimes it can be a little bit trickier for example, if there are pre-payment meters they would need to be changed before you could switch supplier. Another thing to make sure you do early on is book a moving company to help you. Alternatively, you could simply hire a van and move your belongings yourself. If you do hire a van, check out the van insurance from one sure.
If you’re moving to a bigger home, chances are you will need to buy more furniture to fill the new space, you may also see moving home as an opportunity to upgrade some of your current belongings. Don’t be tempted to splurge though; take a look at antique shops and charity shops first in case you can upcycle cheaper items, and see if family and friends have anything they don’t need first.
Moving home doesn’t have to be as stressful as you expect it to be. With careful preparation you could end with a very smooth move. Take your time when it comes to packing as this can make all the difference when you get to the other end. Set up your new utility accounts beforehand so that your new property is ready to use straight away and be careful when you shop for new belongings or you could end up going over budget. If you’re moving to a property abroad it can be a little trickier but first things first, take a look at this blog to see if you can find your dream holiday home.