Top tips for the big move

Your big move is just a few weeks away. How prepared are you for what is likely to be a stressful day? With the countdown ticking away, no doubt your stress levels are rising. Unless you start planning as soon as possible, you could find yourself in serious trouble with the management and logistics of the move.

By now, you’ve hopefully taken care of the essentials, including:

  • Emailing and calling friends and family about the change of address
  • Notified credit card companies and banks and any other important services about your new address
  • Dealt with any subscriptions that need changing
  • Collected medical records if you’re going to be moving long distance
  • Bought packing materials
  • Started throwing away anything you won’t be taking with you
  • Booked a moving company (ask about our removal services in Northampton!)

If you’ve not gotten to a task on the above list, try and do it right away because soon you’ll have to deal with new tasks closer to moving day. Once that list is sorted out, you can start focusing on the job of packing.

Start with Small Things and go Room by Room

 The secret to efficient packing is to organise everything in a set order. Things that don’t get used regularly, like extra linen, DVDs, books, and blankets can go into the boxes first. Do this in every room, and be sure to correctly and clearly mark your boxes as you seal them. It also helps to create a master list so you don’t forget anything. The list is also great during unpacking as you’ll know exactly what is in each and every box.

Once you have dealt with the first part of packing, you can move your focus to other important things that need doing before moving day.

 Get the Mandatory Things Done

 If you have been renting, you will need to tell your landlord what your moving date is and close up any pending transactions and accounts associated with the rental, like utilities. If the lease agreement has a notice period, be sure to notify the landlord well in advance to avoid paying extra rent. An email or written notice is best so that you both have proof of the notice if needed.

Pets and Kids’ Safety

 Managing pets and kids on the day of a move can be a stressful chaos. Your attention and presence are going to be demanded and stretched by movers for plenty of reasons, leaving you with little time for the pets and children. Beat this problem by getting a reliable person to look after them so you can focus on the moving company.

Keep your pets and children away from the moving action since the constant hustle and bustle of people and furniture can be dangerous and very daunting for them. Confirm the presence of someone you trust well before moving date to avoid later stress.

Get the Packaging Essentials

 Do you need to buy packing materials for the move? Determine how many boxes and what sizes you will need as well as other moving supplies. You don’t want to be running around at the 11th hour and adding to your stress levels. Jot down a list of items you will need to make packing efficient so you can get them all in one go and avoid multiple trips to the supply store.

Be Prepared on the Day

 Once have decided to choose Reads Removals today as your moving company, be sure to do the steps outlined above. The movers are going to require some instruction from you. Before the truck pulls off, make sure nothing gets left behind.

Try to be at your new home when the movers arrive. You will be supervising the unloading to make sure everything is put where you want it to be. After everything has been moved, you can then reward yourself and your movers a light snack or even dinner to celebrate a successful move.

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*This post is contributed by Mediabuzzer*

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6 Comments

  1. October 21, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    A good way to get a stress free move is to invite all friends to help you. Give them at least a month notice if possible, this way you will know exactly how much help you will get. After the big move – throw a BBQ or a close circle party to award them for their hard work. It will relieve a lot of stress as well and you will remember the stressful day more with celebrating than painful memories about leaving your old place.

  2. November 2, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Decluttering is really important part of the moving process. About a week before the moving date, I spent a while looking round my flat thinking, I really do not have much stuff and made a mental list of everything I wanted to take. When I got about 3 minutes in, I quickly began putting clothes in to charity shop and wardrobe piles. It took about three evenings, but bit by bit I managed to go through A LOT of clothes, out of date toiletries, unused kitchen appliances and dusty books.The key is to be BRUTAL! Instead of rushing and panicking it was actually quite therapeutic and fulfilling only keeping things I actually use, want & might need some day e.g. the pirate costume that I wore for Halloween two years ago.

  3. November 10, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    I am preparing to move to my new house next month and I am so overwhelmed! There are 101 things I have to do and I m confused and don’t know from where to start! Thank you for this post! I will use it to create my own list of things that I have to do for the move and after the move! Greetings!

  4. July 13, 2016 / 6:31 am

    Really great post. This answered the majority of my questions. When I read this I actually opened up a word document and started taking notes haha.
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  5. April 25, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Good tips. Nobody likes moving even a small house.

  6. September 25, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    It is very important to stay organized every step of your move for sure. From changing your address, to finding and confirming everything with your moving company, to the packing process, shutting off utilities at your old place and having them activated at your new place – and these are just a few of the many items that you need to keep track of. I do a divide and conquer – I make a list of everything that needs to be done and assign names to it. Some things my husband and I share like packing, but as far as contacting utilities maybe my husband would do it, and I would take care of the address changes – it makes things easier. Great tips, thanks for sharing.

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