Moving house is one of the most stressful things we can do our lives, with some saying it is more stressful than the death of a loved one, bankruptcy and divorce. The reasons for this stress include the risk of the move falling through, difficult estate agents and endless phone calls. But, despite the stress this causes, the average person moves house eight times in their life.
Once you have decided you want to move house, wouldn’t it be perfect if you could fast forward through the whole process, only pressing play again when you are sitting in your new home with a large glass of wine and a takeaway?
Unfortunately, you can’t do this and there are many things out of your control that can slow down the process – but there are also ways you can speed it up and ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
Take your time
Taking your time seems to go against speeding up a process doesn’t it? However, during the early stages, taking your time can speed it up further down the line.
Time isn’t always on our side, but take as much time as you can! The worst thing you can do is make rushed decisions – it is important to do plenty of research.
If you don’t find a reputable removal company, for example, this could cause you a huge amount of stress on moving day and you needing to get far more involved than you should have to.
Make a checklist!
Be as prepared as possible by making a checklist of everything you need to do in the order that it needs doing. This way you can tick it all off as you go, ensuring nothing gets forgotten. This won’t guarantee a completely smooth move, but it will help to avoid any unnecessary issues.
Clean before moving day
It is important to clean your property from top to bottom before you move out, especially if you are renting – or you may not get your deposit back!
If the thought of doing this is daunting, or you simply don’t have the time, then enlist support by using a service such as Molly Maid end of tenancy cleaning and let the experts do it for you!
Start packing early
Start with what you use the least and work your way towards the essentials – so you don’t have to do it all in one go! By starting early you can also have a clear out – so you aren’t moving anything you don’t really need and will only be getting rid of at a later date.
Throw out the rubbish, donate what you can and sell the rest – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure – and this is the perfect way to make a few extra pennies to spend on items for your new home.
While you are packing make sure you label each box with the room it’s for and its contents – this will make unpacking much easier when you get into your new home.
Pack a box of essentials
The last thing you need is to be searching through boxes of your belongings to find the kettle on moving day when you are gasping for a cup of tea. So make sure you pack one box that holds all the essentials you need, as you are moving out of your old house into the new one.