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Ten top tips to make your move stress-free

Planning and being organized will help you have more fun and less stress.

It’s exciting to move to a new house. You get a fresh start and new opportunities.

It can be overwhelming at times. There are ways to avoid unpleasantness. Make sure you start early and have a plan.

Since we have been helping people to move houses for over twenty years, we thought it would be a good idea to share our top ten tips for making the move smooth.

Tip 1: Choose a removals company early

It may be difficult to schedule a move date depending on when you are moving. People tend to move on weekends, during bank holidays, or over holidays. This gives them more time. Plan and don’t be caught off guard.

Although it might seem simple compared to the many other options you have made, it is important to choose professionals when selecting a sutherland shire removals company. The company you choose will affect the value of your items. To avoid any damage or extra charges, do your research.

Review previous customers and check out what the removals quote covers. Ask if they are willing to come to your house to evaluate your stuff and ensure you have the right size van and the right number of people on the day.

Tip 2 – Make a list

Sometimes it can seem like you have too many things to do in the lead up to your move. But, life goes on and so does your move.

Avoid stress by making a list of all the things you need to do and putting together a timeline. Even though your offer was accepted, it may still be months away from completion. You don’t have to wait for the move to be complete before you start planning.

Tip 3 – Declutter in advance

It can help you save time, stress, and money by clearing out your home of unwanted and unnecessary items before your move.

You can reduce the number of items you have to move by donating, recycling, or throwing away what you don’t use. You will save time and money by reducing the amount of stuff you have.

It’s easy to save money when moving. You don’t need to pay for transport of things you won’t use once you get to your new home.


Tip 4 – Make a packing list – and get started early

It takes longer to pack than you might think. This is why it is important to get started as soon as you can. Once you have cleared out everything, it’s best to begin packing the rooms that you use most often.

You can make your life easier by picking up the rooms and using them as storage for boxes of stuff.

It’s easy to summarize the contents of boxes when labeling them, such as ‘kitchen stuff’. But that might not be helpful when you have to prioritize unpacking.

You can label the box with the area you want it to go in in your new house and then bullet point some of the items inside so you are aware of what they contain. We’re sure you’ll be grateful that you didn’t have to open 15 boxes marked “kitchen” to find the one with plates!

Don’t overpack your boxes! Although it’s tempting to stuff them full, try not to overpack your boxes. You run the risk of your box breaking apart, causing injury to anyone who is carrying it, and possibly damaging your stuff.

Tip 5: Be aware of what you cannot move

Some things are not allowed to be transported by removal teams. These items include hazardous materials, plants with soil, paint tins, and chemicals. Don’t feel that everything must go. Pots of paint are often donated to charities.

If you are unable to bear to leave your plants behind you might want to remove most of the soil, place the plant in a plastic pot, and then transport it in your car.

Safety is important for both your removals crew and you. This goes beyond the weight of the boxes, but also the items that you are moving. Make sure you clean and pack garden equipment properly before packing it. Before you can transport large gardening equipment such as lawnmowers and petrol-powered tools, it needs to be empty and cleaned. Wrap knives carefully before packing them and make sure to note the contents of the boxes.

Ask your removals staff if you aren’t sure what you can transport. You may be able to get an additional service that will allow them to package more complicated items.

Tip 6: Dealing With Paperwork

To make it easy to find important documents such as passports and house deeds, insurance papers, and wills, keep them all in one file or box. You should keep it somewhere you won’t lose it.

You might also consider creating electronic copies of important documents. This could be done by scanning them and saving them to a USB or cloud storage like Dropbox.

Tip 7: Organise utilities

It is easy to forget about taking final meters readings. However, it will make things so much easier. To ensure that you don’t lose any notes, you can even take photos with your phone. Register with new broadband providers ahead of time, and remember to include water, gas, and electricity.

It’s worth calling your provider if you aren’t staying with them in your new home.

This will allow you to account for any final bills that you might need.

Remember to update your ID such as your driving license and put yourself on an electoral register at the new property. The Change in Address Checklist will inform everyone about your move.

Tip 8 – Take the time to clean

It can make a huge difference in your stress levels if you can arrange for some overlap between when you receive the keys to your new house and when you leave your old one. You can assess your new home and clean it before you start moving your furniture in.

Make sure you keep your cleaning supplies separated before moving day to avoid having them all mixed up.

It’s important to clean the house before you move in. This will ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises. This allows you to create a snagging checklist as you evaluate the property.

You can arrange for deliveries to be made ahead of time if you have access to your home a few days prior. You can use the space to order white goods or measure for blinds, flooring, or other items.


Tip 9 – Pack a moving-day survival kit

Make sure to have a moving-day survival kit with all the essentials before you leave. It will include essential items such as toiletries and phone chargers. You will also need water bottles, snacks, and hot beverages to get you through the day and night.

It is essential to have all the necessary supplies at your disposal so that you can get to bed quickly.

Tip 10 – Slow down

It’s a huge deal. We know you want to move as quickly as possible. However, it can also be tiring. Set realistic expectations about how much work you can accomplish. It’s unlikely that you will be able to pack your entire house in the time it takes.

Keep your moving day survival kit handy. Make sure you have cold drinks, all you need for coffees and teas, as well as snacks to keep you going. Make sure you stop! You won’t get bored if you stop for lunch or dinner.

You will need to take some time to unpack everything and make your home look the way you want. Relax and unwind. Enjoy a night out or a meal at a restaurant. You don’t have to unpack everything!

Rest assured, your bed will be ready for you when you move in.

About Regina Kim

She came to be in the converting of the tide on a far off Scottish Isle and grew up with gypsies, learning how to yodel at the moon. She kept this tropical isle for your bright lights of Paris, in which she wrote remarkable novels in between producing coffee confections for stressful French clients.
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