Moving house can be, without a doubt, one of the most stressful experiences imaginable. We face the prospect of packing up our entire life into a combination of garbage bags, suitcases and cardboard boxes, and starting anew in a perhaps unfamiliar place. Then there’s the financial aspect to consider, not to mention trying to deal with solicitors and understanding your legal obligations. We here at 12 Simple Things, know exactly how challenging moving house can be. So, we’ve come up with seven handy tips to help ensure that your moving day is as hassle free as possible.
- Have you ever heard the saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’? Well, it’s especially applicable when it comes to moving house. The more you plan the smoother things are likely to run on the day itself.
- Ask your friends and family to help out with packing and moving heavy items such as furniture. This way you can help to save yourself a few pennies, and it’ll seem a much less daunting task with lots of people helping out. After all, ‘many hands make light work’.
- One of the fastest ways to stress yourself out when moving is by not accurately estimating how much everything will cost. So, make sure you do your sums in advance to help avoid getting any nasty surprises on the one day when you could really do without it.
- Make sure you secure your belongings in suitable packaging that’s going to protect them on the journey to the new house. The last thing you need is to arrive and find that some expensive ornaments have been damaged or broken. You can pick up bubble wrap easily enough, and you can find moving boxes for sale, quite often in bulk to save a few extra pennies.
- Be clear on arrangements. It’s common practice to arrange to move in on the same day that the seller is moving out, as it’s most practical for all those involved. You need to be clear whether the seller can vacate the property in time for your arrival. Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting around, and have to pay the removal people for more of their time than you’d planned for.
- You’d be surprised just how many people forget small, but essential details such as getting their mail redirected. A lot of mail can simply be mailed on by the new residents. But there are some documents that need urgent attention, such as IRS correspondence and bank statements. So, you could run into trouble if the new residents happen to go on vacation and can’t forward mail on immediately. Therefore, save yourself any hassle by sorting it out in advance.
- Upon arriving in your new home, you should have two major priorities; everything else can wait if necessary. Your priorities should be getting the beds set up, and finding somewhere to plug in the coffee machine. As long as you can have a nice hot drink and a good night’s sleep, you’ll be ready to face anything that the next day throws at you.
So, all that’s left to say is, we hope you’re very happy in your new home!