Our guide to a stress-free move

There aren’t many things that will make your home move “sweet” I’m afraid, but these tips for a well prepared moving day should soften the blow:

Be organised - Know what you need to do, when you need to do it and who will be in charge of each task. The more time you give yourself to prepare, the less time you will spend rushing around in the final days leading up to your move.

Plan your place - Take some time to think about exactly what will go where in your new place. It may be that you will move things around when you are firmly ensconced in your new pad, but having a general idea will save time umming and ahhing on moving day.

Removal companies – Contact at least 3 removal companies for quotes. Online quotations will give you a rough estimate of what you should expect to pay but always ask estimators to come to your property so they can see for themselves whether there will be potential problems with access or manoeuvring furniture. There should never be a charge for this. If you don’t know where to start contact the British Association of Removers www.bar.co.uk for registered companies, or ask friends for recommendations.

Box up belongings - Packing services save you a lot of stress, time and hassle because everything is packed up in a matter of hours. If you want to do the job yourself start well in advance and tackle a room at a time to make it less overwhelming. You can buy materials from most removal and storage companies or online. Double walled boxes are stronger and try to avoid packing with newspaper, the print will come off on whatever it’s wrapped around.

Clear the clutter - Moving is a good time to sell, donate or dump of all the “stuff” you have accumulated but don’t really need. EBay, Gumtree, and good old fashioned car boot sales are good ways of selling unwanted belongings to raise a bit of extra cash to fund the move. Or if you’re feeling a bit more charitable Freecycle and local charity shops are good resources. For items that are destined for the dump, junk collectors and some local councils will collect to save you the journey.

Little movers - If you have children try and involve them in the move as much as possible. Introduce the idea to them slowly and give them tasks such as packing their important belongings in a special box, making tea for the movers, checking cupboards are empty or keeping an eye on pets.

Attack the admin – Updating relevant parties of your address change is one of the most time consuming admin jobs of the move. Websites like www.iammoving.com can help make the task quicker and can also look at best options for utilities at your new home. For anything that you forget, the post office offers a post redirection service.

Essentials – There’s always a danger that items you’ll need to hand will get lost in the mountains of boxes. Put everything you think you will need for your first night, including bedding valuables, breakfast materials and your work clothes, together and either take in your own car or label clearly.

Relax! Make your bed as soon as it’s assembled. You’ll appreciate it at the end of a long hard day when you can settle down with a take away and champagne to christen your first night in your new home without worrying about one last task.

**With huge thanks to Claire Hose, MoveMinder move management www.moveminder.co.uk

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