Moving to a new house is stressful when you leave everything to the last minute. Moving day is a nightmare without proper preparation. Make your life easier by doing what you can, as early as possible, to prepare for your upcoming house move. Here’s how to organise and plan for minimum stress and fuss.
1. Declutter, and Declutter Some More
Don’t pay for movers to take things to your new house that you end up throwing away after a few days. The best way to streamline your move is to only take items you need and want. Have a thorough sort out before you start to pack. Begin the process as far in advance as you can. Sell, donate, recycle or throw away anything that you don’t regularly use or don’t love. You’ll be surprised how much you’ve accumulated over the years.
2. Check Your Measurements
Are you sure your bulky sofa will fit in the living room? Do you have curtains to match the large window in the study? Measure the property and work out which items will fit in the space. If there is something you cannot move because there is no place for it, know this in time to be able to sell it or give it away. You’ll really wish you did this if you move your massive dresser only to stand it in the garden for weeks.
3. Decide on Removals
Do you need a removals company? If you have a few possessions and you live in a one-bedroom ground floor flat, you can do it more economically on your own. But if you live in a larger property you will benefit from professional movers. For anything other than a tiny house, hire someone to do it for you. Otherwise, consider how you will cope with bringing everything you own through the house and into a van, stacking boxes, driving to your destination, and then unloading it all again at the other end. You’ll end up stressed with a sore back. And you’ll probably have to spend several days on the task. When looking for removals Gloucester families know that a removals firm takes the pressure off. Search early so you can find a decent quote for your move.
4. Handle Valuables With Care
Most possessions can go directly into boxes but valuables should be packed separately and preferably transported in your car. If not, check the insurance policy connected to the moving contract. You may not be covered for valuables over a certain cost unless you pack and transport them yourself. You may also want to carry your sentimental items for peace of mind.
5. Start Packing Early
Getting the easier packing done sooner makes your job much easier in the run-up to moving day. Pack items you don’t regularly use and store the boxes in a corner of your least-used room. Make sure you label every box with its contents and where it will go. If you can’t stand packing, pay for a packing service instead.