How to make moving house a breeze!
We all know that moving house is one of the most daunting tasks you can ever carry out.
In fact, a recent study found that out of important life experiences including having a baby, starting a new job and getting married, moving house tipped the scales as the most stressful thing you can do. Hopefully our guide (and great personalised new home gifts) can make it a little less stressful.
41 per cent of home owners found that moving into their second home was more stressful than the first!
Planning ahead is the key to a move that is as stress-free as possible. Yes, we hear you cry, how can you plan when you’re waiting to hear about offers, dealing with surveyors and worrying about all the possessions you need to pack up?
But it is at this time – before everything has been confirmed – that you can get ahead and prepare for the move.
De-cluttering the house
As you search for a suitable home and go through discussions with the solicitor and surveyor, you should really take advantage of the time left to begin sorting through every room for items you no longer want.
If you can’t picture a piece of furniture suiting your new home, you’ve been meaning to have a clear-out of old clothes or it’s time to get rid of the kids’ old toys, there’s really no better time than now. This also gives you the perfect opportunity to buy some new home gifts to replace items that you’re throwing away.
A good sort-out can really help clear your mind and gives you a better idea of how much you will be taking with you to your new home.
This in turn helps you figure out how many removal vans you need or, if you’re doing it yourself, how many trips back and forth you will need to make on moving day.
Set a date as soon as you can
The sooner you know the day you’re moving, the sooner you can start planning all the different arrangements, such as what day you need to hire a van or removal service, what days you need to book off work and what childcare you need to organise.
It also helps to give a big reality check if the move hasn’t really hit you yet!
Trying to juggle a job, kids, and new home arrangements is a lot of hard work. Now, you can’t just get rid of the kids or ditch your job until the move is done, but you can be realistic about how much time you need to get everything done.
Think ahead and if you know you’re going to be moving house in the next few months, make your manager aware and set aside some holidays ready to take on those really busy days.
That way, you’re keeping your boss happy and keeping yourself happy by giving a reasonable amount of time to sort out the surveyor, solicitors or any other unexpected moving dilemmas that appear.
Before you dive in and start boxing everything you come across, take some time to make a detailed list of what should be packed where.
A great way to organise your boxes is to order items by each room, then separate them into valuables, fragile items, heavy items and hazardous items such as paint and aerosols. Keeping items separate means valuables including any new home gifts or mementos of your old home will be kept safe from breakage.
Plus if you have a rough idea of what’s in each box, it means when you arrive at your new home you’re not frantically opening every box to find what you want. It also saves precious time unpacking in your new home.
Think about your first night in your new home
When you get to your new home after a day of moving boxes and hoping you haven’t forgotten anything, you’re going to be exhausted.
So treat your future-self to an easy first night in your new home and pack a box of ‘essentials’ for everyone.
You’re going to want coffee, tea and snacks when you’ve finished moving boxes through the door, so make sure all those are to hand, not to mention cups, plates and cutlery.
Toiletries should be in this essentials box, along with clothes for everyone’s first night and the next morning.
New home gifts such as a scented candle can be helpful at this stage as they allow you to sit and relax in ambient lighting unwinding from the stresses of the day. Possibly the most important advice for this box – don’t load it up first, or it’ll be the last box you can get your hands on! Make sure it’s somewhere you can easily grab, just in case things don’t go to plan and you can’t unpack everything on the first day.
Call upon friends and family
Sometimes you need a few more pairs of hands to help get moving day off to a swifter start. But if you’re stressed out at the thought of strangers sorting through all your boxed-up possessions, who are you going to get to help you move everything out?
Well, friends and family are sure to want to help you get everything into your new home, and having some friendly faces around on moving day can’t do any harm!
Make sure the children and pets are happy
If the kids are old enough to help out, that’s great, but if they’re a little bit younger then it’s wise to arrange for them to stay somewhere for the day where they won’t hold up the moving process. There’s no time for tears and tantrums on moving day, and it’s just easier for you to focus on the task at hand rather than worrying about the little ones.
The same goes for pets. Moving out will be ten times harder if you’ve got an energetic dog at your heels. Get the pets to a safe and familiar place for the day where they won’t be distressed so that you can get on with moving.
By making the move quicker it’ll be less time for the pets and kids to have to stay away from you!
After all that effort moving you might want to treat yourselves to a memento of the day you got your new home. Take a look at our Personalised New Home Gifts for yourself or someone you know is moving soon!