Moving house, even if it is just a few streets away, if not done properly, can be a time consuming and stressful process. People don’t often realise just how much they own until they have to organise and pack it all into boxes in preparation for a move. It can be a great way to weed out things you don’t really need or want, or it can be a good way of finally getting your DVD collection all in one place at the same time. Either way, you need to have a starting point when moving home, otherwise chaos is bound to ensue when it comes down to it.
If you’ve only just picked up the keys for your new house and you’re not sure where to start, read on. We give new homeowners 5 essential tips for a smooth process when moving home.
1. Moving House Kits or Packing Services
You obviously want to start by collecting a number of boxes and different packing items so that you can get a good start in labelling and packing everything away. You can buy boxes, borrow them or grab some old boxes from a retailers if they don’t happen to want them anymore. Many families have old TV boxes and DVD boxes stored in their attics from Christmas presents and birthday gifts of old, so these might finally have a use in your home!
Some removal companies provide moving house kits and even packing services where required. Take a look around to see whether or not these kits are best for you. It can cost a pretty penny but if you can’t be bothered to get the packing organised yourself, then that is the price you pay for laziness! But on a more serious note, it really comes down to what you feel like paying for and what suits you best. You may not have the time to collect the required amount of boxes needed for a full property move, let alone pack them in good time.
2. A Removal Van
One guaranteed way of ensuring the safety and security of your items is to request the services of a professional removal van. You can always try to save a bit of money by orchestrating part of the move yourself (it helps if you have friends with cars willing to help out), but your car may not be able to handle some of the heavier pieces of furniture. If you have sofas, tables, beds and the like that you are looking to move, a removal van is ideal.
Removals companies also sometimes provide muscle for hire, who will help you load and unload your furniture onto the van to be moved into your new home. These vans have all the proper strappings and equipment designed to safely transport your luggage from point A to point B without any of them getting damaged in the process. This is also a useful service if you are looking at transporting valuable or delicate items that won’t fit in your car.
3. Inventory and Organisation!
“You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” is a phrase often thrown around, but not one you will likely hear when referring to your physical belongings. However the phrase still rings true; you never know just how much you appreciate a fresh cup of tea until you realise you’ve left the kettle at the old house. By creating a list or an inventory of all your belongings and ticking things off from that list once you pack and unpack them, you can make sure that you’ve got everything you need. It can take a while and it might seem tedious and long-winded, but you will certainly thank yourself when you have an organised set of boxes to sift through after the move.
4. Your Essentials for After the Move
Always pack an ‘Essentials’ box! This is pure Moving 101 when it comes down to it. There will be things you need straight away after the initial move and you don’t want to have to sift through several box layers of clothing and sundries in order to get there. Pack a box or two containing your ultimate essentials and label them as such. It will save you a lot of time and searching when you need it.
5. Checking Everything is in Order with your New Home
While the official moving in period often takes a day or two, chances are you’ll be unpacking boxes for weeks and perhaps even in the months to come, particularly if you lead busy lives. It is important that you make sure everything is in order once you have finished moving, so that you are not several months down the line and suddenly realise that there are a few crucial boxes missing. While you may have ‘essential’ boxes, it is a good idea to take inventory both before and after the move so that you can follow up on any missing boxes. Chances are everything should be in order, particularly if you have completed the move yourself or have chosen a reputable man with a van service, but you can never be too careful.
Moving home in and of itself is a time consuming, yet exhilarating process. Make sure you have everything in order before you finish the move so that you can ensure a swift and smooth process when it comes down to it. After all, you’ll want to get things back to normal as soon as possible after the move, so having all your assets organised will certainly help to make that happen!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry working with a selection of companies including Brighton-based removal specialists Nice Man BIG Van, who were consulted over the information in this post.