Moving home can be a pretty stressful time. Exciting, but stressful. And human nature is such that when we’re stressed, we tend to forget to do things.
But, relax. If you’re in the midst of packing boxes ready for pastures new, or you’ve just accepted an offer on your current abode and need to get going, then take a minute to read these ten reminders of things you may have forgotten.
1. Create a Moving Calendar
We’re agreed that moving can be stressful. But one thing that can really make your life easier is creating a house move calendar. When it comes to packing up your old home ready to move to the new, you naturally want everything done as fast as possible. But it’s not easy to get organised and be time efficient if you don’t know what’s happening when. Being able to effectively co-ordinate all the various different tasks that are needed to get you from A to B can feel like a military operation, so planning it like one will help you stay on top of all those little (and not so little) jobs that need doing and means you have all the information at hand when you’re asked for dates by letting agents, estate agents, removals firms and solicitors.
It also helps you keep a handle on what’s done, what’s still to do and when it all needs to be done by. By creating a moving calendar, you’ll be able to set tasks for each day and get reminders of when an important deadline is coming up. And it will help when it comes to booking external services, such as removal services, Skip Hire Telford and mail redirection services.
2. Label Boxes
This may seem like such an obvious reminder and something everyone starts out with the intention of doing, but trust us when we say it’s one of those tasks that gets easily overlooked in the eye of the storm. When you’re nearing deadline day and you just want everything packed away, labelling boxes becomes an afterthought and not one many people carry out. But make sure you do it!
You’ll get lost between what’s for the new kitchen, bedroom, front room or even for donation. So make your life a little easier and label exactly what is in each box and which room of the new house it’ll be moving too. You’ll be glad you did when you’re desperate for the kettle to make that celebratory cup of coffee when you’re finally in the new place!
3. Important Documents and Valuable Items
Don’t forget to put all your important documents and valuable items in one safe, easily accessible place. That way, if you’re in need of some vital paperwork, you won’t be scrabbling around looking for it.
And paperwork is essential when it comes to moving. You’ll be needing wage slips, identification documents such as your passport and driving licence, utility bills, and all the documents with details of your accounts on them, whether that’s TV and broadband suppliers, water, gas and electricity services, and companies that will need to be informed of your change of address.
You’ll also want to make sure you don’t leave any valuable items behind. You’ll no doubt remember where things like your mobile phone and laptop are kept, but are there any items you don’t use regularly which have put in safe places you won’t think to look in? You may have items of importance or of value to you, which you may have hidden in the house over the years.
4. Don’t Move on a Friday
It’s tempting to schedule your move for a Friday, so that you have the whole weekend to unpack. But Fridays are notoriously busy moving days and therefore local companies who can help with removals are likely to have less availability for those days.
If you have no choice but to move on a Friday, ensure that you shop around well ahead of time. Book removal companies with as much notice as possible and ensure that you have back up plans just incase anything goes wrong.
5. Deal with the Rubbish
When it comes to moving house, you’ll discover a lot of clutter that you’re no doubt looking to get rid of. But where can you dispose of these items?
One of the options is donating the items to a local charity. Many charitable organisations offer a collection service and will even take away your larger unwanted items of furniture, saving you the expense of having to transport them yourself. If you have items which can still be used – then donating them is a great option. Before lugging all your donations down to the charity shop though, make sure you ring them to ensure they’re accepting donations.
Another option is to sell items. You could host a yard sale before you leave, or if that is too much time and hassle, sell the items online using websites such as eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
A final option is just to bin the items. If you’ve only got a small amount of items to get rid of (unlikely!) then taking them to the tip rather than putting them in a general waste bin is a good idea as they will sort and recycle your items for you. But you may have too much waste to transport yourself in which case you will want to hire a skip. Skip Hire Telford offer an affordable and convenient service.
6. Informing People About Your Move
Have you informed all your family, friends, employer, utility companies and subscriptions services about your move? Start making a list of everyone you need to tell now and keep adding to it as you think of people/companies. Don’t forget about things such as insurance, any savings funds you have, and loan providers.
7. Pack An Essentials Box
Packing all your essentials in one box or bag which is easy to get ahold of is something people often forget to do. This box should contain your medication, electrical chargers, toothpaste and other items which you’d pack in a ‘survival’ overnight bag.
8. Attend to Your Pets’ Needs
Most people are so stressed out with moving, that they forget their pets will be stressed out too. Cats, for instance, get very stressed by moving, and they need to remain inside for a few weeks in the new house before being allowed out. If you’re concerned about the best ways to move your pet, contact your pet’s veterinarian for more information.
9. Clear The Old House
When you’ve finally got everything packed, ensure the house is fully cleared out. Whether that’s making sure the walls and floors are clean, or that you’ve actually got all of your furniture and belongings out of the house, it all needs doing. If you’re in rented accommodation, you don’t want to lose out on your deposit because you’ve left a mess, wall markings or any damage, so make sure you’ve cleaned up and had anything that needs fixing remedied long before moving day.
10. Writing a review
Something else people often forget to do is write a review of the companies they use. A lot of local companies thrive off the feedback customers give. It’s a way they can generate new sales. So if you’re thankful for the service you received or someone who went over and above to help you out, make sure you leave a thanks for everyone to see.
With these reminders, you should be well on your way to a stress-free move. Even if unforeseeable events do crop up, you’ll hopefully feel far better placed to deal with them when you’re organised and on top of the move. Happy new home!