We know that moving is one of the most stressful things that we can put ourselves through. There’s so much to think about, two properties to manage, all the kids to contend with, paperwork, money exchanging hands, heavy lifting and the worry of something being forgotten or broken in transit. There’s no getting away from the fact that moving house is not easy, and no matter what it’s going to get stressful, but there are some things you can do to make it run a little smoother…
Want to know more? Read on for some tips that’ll make your house move a little easier – for everyone!
The important stuff
Ok, ok so everything is important when it comes to moving house, but this is a particular set of tasks you can do before the big day, so you don’t have much else to worry about other than finding the kettle and tea bags. If you’re moving to a new area you’re going to need a new dentist and of course a new doctors surgery to register with. You might need to do a little research and find out where is the best place to go to and while you’re at it, get registered and book yourself a health check and a dental appointment too. New home, new start, new you, right?
Label the boxes
It sounds like the most obvious thing in the world, but you’ll be surprised at how many people assume they’ll remember which box the loo roll was put in. Before the big day, pre-label the boxes and have spares on hand in case you fill them up and need more. This will not only make packing and unpacking easier, but if you have relatives or friends helping you unpack then it’ll save them rummaging through all your belongings and making things more stressful.
Bag it up
If you’re unscrewing furniture, unplugging wires, extension cords, wall brackets, bookcases and the kids bunk beds then bag all the nuts, bolts and screws into separate bags that are labelled. A nappy sack, dog poo bag, freezer bag – it doesn’t have to be glamorous it’s about making it easy!
Protect the floor
It rained once while we were moving in and not only was the furniture soaked but there was a mad dash to get the lovely cream carpet protected from all the wet shoes that were marching in. Head to the new house first and lay down flattened cardboard boxes, towels or even plastic and keep the floors protected and dry.
Move the furniture in first
It might feel right to move the little things in first, then carry in all the boxes in next followed by the big chunky furniture. No. As a rule of thumb, get the big pieces of furniture in first and place them where they will now live/be constructed. Otherwise you’ll have to move boxes and smaller items twice as you try to make room for the bigger stuff!