Moving house is often cited as one of life’s most stressful events, but it doesn’t have to be. With some planning and organisation, the moving process can be relatively painless.
Firstly, decide if you are going to do it yourself, or hire a removalist.
If you’re going to enlist a professional, it’s a good idea to get more than one quote and to be savvy to how the quoting system works.
Moving advisory service Muval suggest choosing a local removalist to avoid added callout fees, and say that getting around five quotes will give you a feeling for what’s fair in the market.
‘Remember, quotes are all based on how long a job takes, so, don’t be fooled by cheap half-hourly rates, where the removalist ends up taking much longer than expected’, advises the Muval team.
If you are doing it yourself, ask yourself the following: Do you have the time, will it save any money, and will it risk anyone’s health? Moving can cause unexpected expense and injuries to yourself and others!
If you have large or numerous pieces of furniture, you will need to hire a van or truck – this can be done on a regular car license, depending on the size of the vehicle.
You may also need to hire a trolley and lifting straps, and consider hiring a truck with a hydraulic lift to transport cumbersome or heavy items such as sideboards and pianos.
Get Started Early
Depending on how much time you have, it’s a good idea to start packing up as much as you can beforehand. Buying sturdy cardboard boxes is a wise investment. Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, cloth or newspaper, and label all boxes clearly, to prevent the ‘what’s in this one?’ pandemonium at the other end.
If you’re downsizing or you’ve just decided to de-clutter, now is the time to clean, sort and discard, to pare down the number of belongings you need to pack. Putting items in storage beforehand can help this process, or you may just decide to donate or give away the things you no longer want or need.
If you have the option to stagger your move , take advantage of this to minimise the stress on both sides of the process. Now is a good time to organise the connection of essential services at your new property, and make sure it’s clean and has plenty of access for furniture and belongings.
On the Day
If you have enlisted friends and family to help you move, have a plan in place for when they arrive, to make the most of their time. Don’t forget to thank your crew – let’s face it, helping someone to move house is something only true friends and dedicated family do!
If you have booked a moving service, make it as easy as possible for them, especially if you are paying by the hour.
‘Save time by bringing boxes down stairs to an easily accessible spot, disassembling furniture and beds, and clearly labelling where everything in boxes will be going, to save time on the drop- off’, say Muval.
Before You Go
If your budget permits, hire cleaners to clean your property for the new owners. Doing two set of cleaning is an exhausting process, so why make it harder than necessary? If you can’t afford this, clean as much as possible in advance, leaving the last tasks to be done on moving day itself.
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