Even though moving to a new pad is a very exciting time in our lives, it invariably throws up problems and stressful situations. Some issues are unavoidable, such as if the person buying your home pulls out at the last minute. But for the most part, you have control of the situation and, with a bit of forward planning, you can ensure everything runs smoothly and that your transition from one place to the next is pretty close to seamless. Here are a few things to consider before your big move…
Use self-storage to declutter
There are a number of reasons why putting a large bulk of your belongings into storage can help when you’re moving house. The first is that it makes your home look less cluttered, and your rooms bigger, making your house more appealing to prospective buyers.
It will also release the pressure on moving day, because you’ll only have to focus on the remaining essentials and can worry about the rest later. If something does go wrong (such as the buyers pulling out) and there’s a delay, having items in storage will give you more flexibility. You can also keep your things safe until you’ve got your new home up to scratch – it’s much easier to clean and decorate before your belongings have arrived. Moving large items into storage might seem like a daunting task, but hiring a man with a van could make it a far easier, and less stressful process.
Get the removal firm booked
With all the issues concerning surveys, lawyers and potential last-minute gazumping and withdrawals, some of the move-day necessities can be left until the final hour. But you don’t want to wait until then to book the removal company. Get it sorted early and you’ll get the pick of the best people for the job at the best rate. A good firm will be reliable, they’ll take good care of your fragile items, and they’ll be well insured against damage, so it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Some firms will also do the packing, taking apart and reassembling, meaning your moving day could be completely free of manual labour!
Start packing early
This is a job that many think can be done in a day or two. But generally it takes far, far longer than that. Start early with the things you need the least, then keep going so, by moving week, there are just the bare essentials left. Make sure you label the boxes with a list of what’s inside, as well as which room it’s for, so you can easily locate any things you urgently need at your new place.
If you get yourself well organised before the big move then moving to your dream home could be just that – a dream. And rather than pulling your hair out because you’ve damaged a wall or can’t find the spatula, you can focus instead on getting your new pad exactly how you want it.