Moving house? Counting down the days until you’re in your new pad? Excited about the space, the location, the garden? Or are you so stressed you’re beginning to wonder why you agreed to move in the first place?
Make a cuppa, take five minute and relax with our expert guide to a stress-free move.
- Get organised
It’s never too early to start planning. Consider which professional services you are going to need – solicitors, estate agents, removal firms and storage solutions – are start looking into the best and most cost-effective solutions for you.
- Make a list
Make that a big list. Of what you need to get done and when it needs to be done by. This list may evolve and change as time goes on, but putting it down on paper means it doesn’t have to live in your head and give you sleepless nights.
Start taking a good hard look at your belongings and work out which ones you want to keep and which need to find new homes. If you have items you love, but you don’t need often, then consider putting them into storage now, to minimise the amount you actually need to move on the day.
- Pack like a pro
This step generally takes longer than you think, so give yourself plenty of time. Start with the rooms you use the least, such as the garage. Arm yourself with plenty of packaging supplies and remember to clearly label all of your boxes.
- Keep your essentials in one place
Create one box with everything you are going to need immediately – kettle, teabags, water, keys, money, documents and a change of clothes. That way, when you’re tired and hungry after a long day, you have all the essentials you really need to hand.
- Get help
Whether it’s friends willing to come and lend a hand, or employing professionals, having a team around you will make the whole process quicker, smoother and more fun!
- Organise your redirects
Redirect your post and contact your utility companies to tell them. Most companies now allow you to do this online, so you don’t have to spend hours on the phone. Don’t forget to take meter readings before you leave your current property and when you arrive at your new one. Make another list of all the companies you will need to inform too, such as doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries, pensions, employers and banks.
- Keep it clean
No-one likes moving into a grubby house, so be kind to the buyers or new tenants and take some time out to give your place one last deep clean. It might not benefit you directly, but it gives you good karma points! Or if you’re feeling flush, hire a professional cleaning company to do the job for you.
Not everything will go to plan, so relax a little, embrace the occasional hiccups along the way and focus on your end goal – you will forget all the niggles in a few weeks’ time, but still have your new property to enjoy.
- Take time out
It’s going to be busy, but don’t forget to factor in time and space for yourself and your family. Ensuring that everyone is eating, sleeping and exercising well will keep your bodies and minds healthy and better able to cope with the whole experience.