It’s sometimes said that moving house is one of the most stressful things we do in life, comparable to divorce or starting a new job. That’s partly because we tend to approach it haphazardly, rather than organising things properly.
The Planning Stage
Plans for moving home need to start a couple of months before the move, though some flexibility is needed — the date you’ve been given can change. Long-term items include:
- Book enough time off work both to prepare and to sort things out after the move.
- Identify suitable schools and doctors in the new area.
- Arrange for your home insurance policy to be transferred.
- Check out the best utilities deals for the new area and arrange for connection.
- Sort out your bills, and give everyone relevant your new address.
- Decide in advance what you won’t be taking, and either arrange to dispose of it or find storage solutions for anything you want to keep.
Find a Removal Company
A crucial decision, and it’s important to get several quotes so you can compare the different removal companies. Things to consider include:
- The cost. Obviously an important factor, but going for the cheapest option without considering other aspects can end up costing more than if you’d gone for a slightly more expensive offer.
- The company’s reputation. Find out how long they’ve been going, what’s said about them online etc., and crucially whether they’re a member of the British Association of Removers.
- What services are included? A cheaper quote may exclude services you’ll then have to pay for separately.
- Are they fully insured?
Packing needs careful timing. You don’t want to leave it all till the last moment, but equally you don’t want to be living for weeks among packing-cases. Careful advanced planning will help. Here are a few tips.
- Use colour-coded stickers on the boxes to show which room they should go into.
- Take a photo of any complex wiring for an electrical device.
- Keep clothes on their hangers in bin-liners, so you can hang them straight back up.
- Wrap crockery in your linen and towels.
- If you’re dismantling anything, seal the screws in a food bag and tape it to the item.
- Make sure the kettle’s easy to find, along with tea/coffee, milk and some mugs. You’ll need it.
If you’re moving abroad, a couple of extra things are worth remembering.
- Make sure any visas required are in order.
- Check the customs rules for the country you are moving to. A good international removal company will have experts on hand who have probably shipped to your destination and will be able to give you good advice and information
Something unforeseen can always go wrong, but following a few simple guidelines will certainly reduce your stress.
Get in touch with our moving experts today on 01923 801500 to find out how Eagle Relocations could make your move stress free.