Moving house is often put up there are one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s life. But it doesn’t have to be. If you are organised and have a little bit of insider knowledge, moving house can actually be a pretty pleasant and calm experience. Since we work with a lot of people who are moving, we thought we would share some of our top tips in this complete house move guide.
Moving is a hectic experience, and many people end up going the DIY route. But while this might save a bit of money, it adds a lot of stress (mental and physical) and time to your move. Not to mention the added risk of breaking something valuable. Hiring a removals company will save you from all of that, and may even be able to pack up your home for you beforehand, so all you have to do is unpack at the other end. Using a moving company means using someone with years of experience carefully packing, handling and loading delicate and heavy items, and getting them safely to your new home on time. Who wouldn’t want that?
There is nothing worse than moving a lot of stuff you don’t really want. It creates unnecessary work and can often end up costing you a lot more. Everyone should try to declutter their home every now and then, but moving gives you the perfect opportunity. A while before you plan on moving, go through each room in the house one at a time, working through every item in it. Really consider what you want to keep, what you need to keep, and what you’ve just been hanging on to for the sake of it. You can then take the things you don’t want to keep and either sell or donate them. This makes more space, a bit of extra money for you, and means you won’t end up moving a bunch of things you don’t have to. Believe us, your back will thank you afterwards!
The most common way belongings get lost is through house moves. It’s a long, hectic process, and with all the boxes and people moving between two points, it’s all too easy to misplace or drop something. So once you’ve done your declutter and are ready to pack, we suggest creating an inventory of all your belongings, and which room they live in. This helps you to keep an eye on everything and make sure nothing gets lost. When packing, moving and unpacking you can refer back to this list, making sure everything is present and accounted for. If you’re using a removals company, they will probably be able to do this for you – all you have to do is ask.
Sometimes you may not need to take everything you own with you to a new home – especially if you’re downsizing, or moving into rental accommodation in between buying properties. If you find you have a bit too much stuff to move, you could always use a self-storage space. This gives you more options when it comes to moving, and gives you more flexibility during the process. You can rent spaces for just a week or more long term, which means you can use as much or as little as you need. This could protect very delicate items, keep bulky things out of the way or just allow you to move things a little slower.
Utilities can become the bane of your life when moving, and the last thing you want is to get into your new home and find no electricity, water or internet. It’s also important to set up things like council tax, gas and home insurance early so that everything is up and running from the moment you take possession. Not only will this save you a lot of stress, but it means you will be able to just relax and enjoy your new home. You should be able to organise most of these switches before you move, so it’s worth dedicating the time to.
At Blue Box Self Storage, we provide a range of storage solutions that are perfect for any house move. Whether you just need space for a few boxes of special keepsakes or a full sofa suite that just won’t fit in your new living room (but you can’t bear to part with yet). With centres across the country, we can help make your house move be stress-free. To find out more, just get in touch with one of our centres today.