With moving house being such a stressful and monumental occasion, it is important to have some organisation and some semblance of a routine when it comes to getting everything ready for the big day. Packing and preparing to move house may seem like a chore but it needn’t be if you follow these top tips. Whether you are moving house yourself or utilising a man in a van, these tips may be exactly what you need.
Get Rid Of What You Don’t Need
It can be tempting to take everything with you but if you haven’t used something in ages and it is unlikely you will use it again, get rid. There is no point packing away stuff you don’t need and making the effort to transport it to your new house, only for it to sit there doing nothing. Make the job of moving so much simpler by removing them before you even get to that point.
Make an effort to take these items to the tip or the charity shop before your moving date so you don’t have to factor in getting rid of these items on the same day.
Take Extra Care
When it comes to breakable stuff, make sure you are packing these with care. They require a bit more care and attention than your other possessions so you need to make sure these are well cushioned for the moving process. Also make sure you don’t overpack and make the boxes too heavy as this won’t be good.
When packing boxes, make sure to fill any space left over with tissue paper, newspaper or bubble wrap to keep your items secure and to stop them from moving around in the box whilst they are being transported to your new home.
Make A List - Or Two
Lists are vital when it comes to preparing to move house. You’ll want a list of what is in each box and what room they go in - stick it on the box once sealed and that will make it easier to work out what goes where when you’re finally moved in. It is also important to make a list of bills and services that you need to change the address for as you don’t want to be paying a mail redirection indefinitely.
It cannot be stressed enough the importance of labelling properly too - make sure it is clear for everyone to see what boxes go where and have an inventory list too to make sure you are fully prepared. You may even want to create a schedule to keep to too with things you need to do.
Pack A Room At A Time
Starting with the least used rooms, pack a room at a time as it is easier to work this way and move onto the next room once one is finished - otherwise you end up with half a job done in multiple places. Start early, packing up stuff long before moving day so you don’t have to rush closer to the time.
Get Everyone Involved
Don’t let all the legwork fall down to you when it comes to packing. Make sure everyone takes some responsibility for their own room with you overseeing the process. Moving house can be a long and arduous process if people aren’t pulling their weight.
Get Someone To Move It For You
A man with a van is perfect for this so get one booked in early to ensure you get the time and date you want. Once your boxes are packed, you can sit back and relax until you’re all moved into your new house as they will do the loading, moving and unloading for you - with just the packing and unpacking left for you.
This is a perfect option if you struggle to get time off of work or are making quite a big move. It eases some of the stress on you and you can be secure in the knowledge that your possessions are safe in the hands of professionals.
Don’t Leave It Until The Last Minute
Plenty of people make the mistake of leaving packing until the last minute and then having to rush around. Even if you are using a man with a van who does half the job for you, you will want to make sure everything is ready to go on the day. You can start packing as soon as you get a confirmed date or maybe even before if you have things you can pack that you don’t need right now. Start with the least used rooms and items first such as the garage, the shed or a spare bedroom and make sure you leave items you use everyday to be packed last.
Keep Some Stuff With You
After a long day of moving, the last thing you are going to want to do is unpack everything to find certain things you absolutely cannot be without. If you know you need specific items for the first night, pack them in a large bag or holdall and take that with you, separate from your moving boxes, so things are close by if you do end up needing them. Some people pack drinks, food and general hygiene items to save having to go through boxes later that night.
With these tips and tricks, packing and preparing to move house should be a breeze and less stressful than you anticipated. Good luck!
Moving from the big city may seem extremely stressful but it doesn’t have to be. In fact there are many reasons why it may just be the best decision you ever make. Here are some tips to help the process go as smoothly as possible.
Do Your Research
So you have your heart set on moving out of London and into the great outdoors, the English countryside. You’ve chosen the area you want to move to but have you done your research? Make sure you are aware of the crime statistics, the amenities and even the local school’s Ofsted ratings if you have children. You don’t want any nasty surprises once you’ve moved - such as no spaces in any of the local GP surgeries or dentists or your child in a school that isn’t doing well.
Make A List
When it comes to moving house, we all know what we want from a property so make a list of what you want your home in the countryside to have. You will find that your money will go a little further now you’re out of London so you can get a slightly bigger property with a bigger garden, bigger kitchen or number of bedrooms. Knowing what you want and what you can afford is vital when making such a big move.
Ask For Help
Moving house is a big job at the best of times but moving out from the big city to somewhere completely different is a massive job, to say the least. Don’t be afraid to ask for help - ask friends and family to help you pack and perhaps even do charity shop or tip runs for the stuff you no longer want.
Consider a man with a van - by far the best move you can make when it comes to moving house. They will pick up your items and take them wherever you need them to go in a professional and careful manner. Fully insured, they are a great alternative to hiring a van and doing it yourself - a man with a van knows what he is doing and can get your property from A to B quickly and safely. They will also load and unload the items themselves.
Don’t Take Everything With You
We all end up with so much stuff whenever we live somewhere but how much of it do we actually need? Moving house is a great time to get rid of stuff you no longer want or need as you don’t want to be transporting it from the old property to the new property, especially if it is going to sit there doing nothing just like before.
If you’ve hired a man with a van to move your property from London the countryside, make sure they are only taking the stuff you want in your new home by getting rid of the other stuff whilst you are packing everything up.
Ensure You’ve Found Work Before You Move
If you are still close to London and happy to commute or you already work from home, this won’t apply to you but if you are having to find something new, make sure you have something in place before you move. Whilst there are plenty of job opportunities, the area you are moving to is bound to have fewer than the capital city and it might be more difficult to get something in your area of expertise and with any flexibility that you may be used to. By ensuring you have a job to go to in the area, the move won’t be anywhere near as stressful as it could be.
You Will Be Joining A Tight knit Community
London is an amazing city and it is easy to see friends and family in a matter of minutes thanks to the convenience of the Tube. You will probably find that you have your own little community there but moving to the countryside will see you find a whole new level of community.
The countryside has plenty to offer with towns and villages offering a multitude of sports clubs, social clubs, kids clubs and events for you to get involved in. With a smaller population than the big cities, towns and villages like this have very tight knit communities where everyone knows everyone else and are eager to help each other and support the local small businesses in their area too.
It Might Be Difficult To Move Back
Something you really must consider when moving from London to the countryside is if this move is permanent or a short term thing. If it is a permanent move, that’s great - but a short term thing may be worth considering. The capital city is one of the most expensive places to live in the country whereas property prices in the countryside are a lot cheaper. If considering moving out of London for a short amount of time, you may find it difficult to move back in when the time comes due to the rise in property prices and the demand for property.
Finally, once your man in a van has unloaded all of your belongings at your new home, enjoy. You have so much to discover in a brand new area and a whole new life to get used to. You’ve made the move, you’ve got the keys, the stress has dissipated - so now is the time to get used to your new home.