Ah, the joys of a house move! We say ‘joy,’ but really we are speaking with tongue firmly in cheek, as the whole moving process is somewhat less than joyful.
Being one of life’s more stressful events, the prospect of a house move might cause you more than a few sleepless nights, even if you are about to move into the house of your dreams. The whole process before that day can be a nightmare, although there are some very simple things that you can do to make life easier for you.
Well, consider the following for starters, and then let us know if you have any further ideas to make a house move less troublesome.
#1: Declutter your home
Listen, even if you’re not moving home for a while, it’s still a good idea to declutter your home. You will have less stress to worry about on a daily basis because you know what they say (whoever they are), a tidy house is a tidy mind! Still, when it comes to moving, giving your home a declutter ahead of time will make life much more straightforward for you. If you can ditch, sell, or give away some of your unwanted items, you will have fewer boxes to pack, have more room for your essential items, and less to pay on removal fees. So, start as early as possible and sift through your stuff. If there is anything you are unsure about, you could always put them away in storage units to give you time to think about what you’re going to do with them. And for the things you are going to get rid of, you could sell some of them to give you the means to cover some of your moving costs.
#2: Create a moving checklist
Again, do this ahead of time, because you know and we know that there is much to do in preparation for a house move. You need to start collecting boxes early. You need to notify your billing companies so they don’t later overcharge you. You need to update your details for your weekly or monthly subscriptions. And so on and so on and so on. There are loads of things to do, and that includes decluttering your home, as we suggested above. So, with this in mind, download a moving checklist, and start to tick off each item on the list as you go. This way, you won’t forget anything, and you won’t be in a mad panic to get everything done on the week leading up to your house move.
#3: Look through your telephone directory
Okay, we say telephone directory, but chances are, like most people, you have probably thrown yours away in the bin because you can Google everything you need! And that’s fine, but whether you use a telephone directory or your laptop or smartphone, the point we are trying to make (in a rather long-winded way) is this: GET HELP!!! You might want to hire a cleaning service to give your house a good clean, so you have less to do on moving day. You might want to hire a childminder for moving day itself, as you don’t want your little ones getting in the way, or injured or lost as you’re busy with the house move. And you might want to hire somebody to look after your pets, especially if you have a cat or dog (you’re safe with a goldfish), as you don’t want to lose or even forget about them when you’re in the process of moving. There are probably other people who could help you too, so have a think and then book them ahead of time.
We hope you have a successful and stress-free house move!
Take care, and thanks for reading.