6. How to make moving house easier
Moving house is never easy. There’s a reason it’s often listed as one of the biggest stressors in life – from causing arguments to damaging expensive belongings, it’s never a fun experience for anyone. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to make moving house much easier. With a bit of organisation and forward-thinking, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle. Let’s take a look at some of our top tips below.
Clean and declutter
The first thing to do is declutter. Before you even think about packing, have a clear-out and sort out which stuff you want to keep or get rid of. Whether you want to donate it, bin it or give it away, getting rid of things you no longer need will make things easier when it comes to packing and transporting your belongings. Having less stuff to deal with also gives you more space in your new home for the things that matter, especially if you’re downsizing. Many removal companies offer house clearance services. Do bear in mind, however, that to offer this service, it is a legal requirement for the company to have a waste carrier’s license. Contact Cheerful Removals today for a quote.
Label your boxes
The importance of labelling your boxes can’t be stressed enough. When it comes to unpacking at your new place, knowing which boxes need emptying first saves you from having to trawl through your stuff to find the kettle or your toiletries. Make sure you also write which room each box belongs to so you and the movers can put them in the right places.
Write an inventory
We are all guilty of having too much stuff, and this is never clearer than when we are moving house. With so much to keep track of, it’s important that you keep a list of all your belongings and furniture. This means you know where everything is at all times and you can account for every box.
Booking a removals company is the best thing to do to make your house move easier. Professional movers can save you a lot of time by packing and transporting your belongings for you and their experience means they’re experts at handling fragile items and getting the job done quickly. Also, you might think that carrying out the move yourself is simply a matter of booking a van and persuading a couple of friends to help out, but in fact you will also need to make sure that you have transit blankets, ratchet straps and sack trucks in order to complete the move safely.
When it comes to packing, the only way to do it is by starting with the least used rooms and items first. This means you can get a head start on your packing without worrying about having to unbox anything, and the essentials can be left until the night before your move. You will often find that you will end up needing more boxes than expected, so make sure you stock up. If you source your boxes from your removal company, they will often take back and refund you for the boxes that you didn’t use.
Of course, if you don’t want to spend the time and effort packing all of your belongings (and it can be considerable), you can always ask the removal company for their packing service, and they will take it off of your hands. They will often be able to pack much quicker and efficiently than you, due to their experience and training, and they have no emotional connection to what they are packing
Sort out utilities in advance
Getting your utilities set up and ready for your move-in day is crucial. You don’t want to be unpacking and organising your stuff when you can’t even turn on the light or plug in your electrical items.
Pack an essentials box
After a long day of moving and packing, the last thing you need is to be trawling through every box looking for your
toothbrush or phone charger. Make sure you prepare an essentials box that has everything you need to get through the first night in your new home.
Moving house doesn’t have to be stressful if you follow these helpful tips. Save yourself time and stress, and get in touch with us at Cheerful Removals today for more advice.