So, you’ve bought or sold a home at auction, and are now ready to move into your new abode. But the moving process itself isn’t without potential pitfalls or complications.
It can be a stressful experience as there are so many different things to consider. In fact, it’s often put up there with divorce and bereavement as one of life’s most traumatic events.
However, it doesn’t need to be that way if you prepare early and have your moving strategy firmly in place before the big day.
Here, we outline how you can keep moving day stress to a minimum.
Don’t forget the moving day essentials
As anyone who’s done it will tell you, moving house can be thirsty work, which means forgetting to leave your kettle and mugs unpacked is likely to add unnecessary stress. It’s a good idea, therefore, to ensure that tea and coffee-making facilities (milk, tea bags, coffee, a kettle, etc) are easily accessible throughout moving day.
Taking regular breaks is crucial when it comes to a smooth house move – to keep everyone energised and motivated - and stopping for a cuppa every now and then is a great way of doing that.
Check your meter for the final time
House movers are, understandably, very keen to get into their new home, but this can be at the expense of those crucial last-minute admin tasks, which could slip through the net in the blur of moving day. Taking final meter readings is one of those mundane but vitally important final tasks, to ensure you don’t get landed with a surprise bill a few weeks down the line.
The final meter reading will be used by your provider for your last bill – as a result, an accurate reading is all-important to make sure you aren’t paying out for energy that you haven’t used.
Get an efficient packing system in place
Packing is something that people will often leave to the very last minute, but preparation in advance is a necessity if you want avoid a panicked rush at the last-minute, where things could be left behind or potentially lost forever.
Having a trusted system in place – where packing is done in a structured, organised manner – will help to keep your stress levels to a minimum in the lead-up to the big day, and it will also make the process of unpacking at the other end much less of an issue.
Labelling clearly, using bubble wrap for fragile items and ensuring that all boxes and containers you use are strong and sturdy enough for the goods they hold and the journey between your old home and your new one will all help to keep anxiety at bay.
Redirect your mail
Another key bit of life admin – unexciting, but very important. It might not be top of your list of priorities, but it still shouldn’t be neglected. After all, if you don’t redirect your mail to your new home, you could miss important bills and information.
Luckily, the Post Office provides a reliable redirection service which redirects your mail for a small fee.
It’s also wise to inform all your friends, family and acquaintances – as well the suppliers providing your utilities – of your change of address at the same time.
Send the kids and pets elsewhere
Your stress levels are already likely to be higher than usual - adding kids and pets to the pot could prove disastrous. At the very best of times, children can be excitable and hard to keep tabs on, while pets may find the move overwhelming. It’s best, then, to keep them away on moving day.
If they’re being looked after away from the house, it means your sole focus can be on the main task of the day – moving home successfully.
From a health and safety viewpoint, it also makes sense. Moving day will involve plenty of heavy boxes and open doors, with a number of possible hazards at play. It’s in everyone’s best interests to keep any pets and children a safe distance away.
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