Make moving house memorable not mayhem
Last year, the Daily Express conducted a poll with 2000 people on what was the most stressful ordeal they had encountered in the three years previous.
Moving house came out on top, with a huge 61 per cent stating it is more stressful than a relationship breakdown, divorce or even a new job.
The summer holidays are often a time when people decide to move house, so if this is how you’ll be spending the next month, before you do anything else, take a look at our top ten tips aimed to help you with the move and keep the stress at bay.
Don’t leave everything until the last minute. You need to decide how you’re going to pack everything and how you are going to move it to your next property. Also plan your move over multiple days instead of just the one.
If you drive a small car or live alone, it may be helpful to hire a van or removal company. Hiring a van means you can move more boxes in less trips, hiring a removal company means a helping hand loading and un-loading the boxes.
It can cause more stress trying to find something you need because you put it in a box labelled kitchen when actually it’s for the bedroom. It can help to write the contents on the side of the box.
If you’re moving from a flat to a two-tier house, you may find that even though you had everything you needed there, you need more to fill your house. Utilise all the websites and apps offering cheap or free products, for example freecycle.org, ebay.co.uk, gumtree.co.uk and Shpock. This can be a fraction of the cost of buying new.
We all have things in our house we have never used, we bought them for a purpose and just never got round to using it. Sell them or give them away. You’re moving into a new home, it’s a fresh start. Using that logic, don’t overfill boxes either. You don’t want to load a box into your house that is so heavy the bottom falls out.
Any fragile items you may have, should be packed into a separate box with any other fragile items you own. Label these boxes in bold capitals. This also goes for important paperwork, make sure you store it somewhere you know it will be safe and accessible.
It can be just as stressful for children and pets moving home, so pack them a box of essentials you can access easily to comfort them. This could be bedding, favourite toys or even their favourite DVD.
There’s nothing worse than falling over boxes which have just been put down. Sort out a room you will use the least and make it storage. By doing this, you can then access the boxes and unload individually.
The boxes you have left over can be used by someone else going through the same experience, recycle and help them out, they might be first time movers, unload your knowledge on them.
At Venture Properties we want you to enjoy your new home, so take the first night off and enjoy it with the help of one of our very own welcome packs.