Monday, June 24, 2013

Tips For a Stress-Free Move

It's no secret that moving house is one of life's most stressful moments. Apart from the enormity of the task, the process is tiring, stressful and chaotic. For most of us, living in the same home for all of our life is just not possible, and it's just a matter of time before we find ourselves surrounded by teetering mountains of packing boxes.

Planning

With some careful planning and ruthless sorting of your belongings, you can enjoy a stress-free moving experience and even end up saving money in the long run. We have done the research and tested the following tips, to help you discover a stress-free moving experience:

Be Strict With Yourself

Start in one room of your house, and do a complete sweep of all cupboards, draws and storage spaces. Make four piles and place each item into one of them. The first pile can be allocated to charity shop donations, the 2nd can go towards a garage or car boot sale, and the 3rd is destined for the rubbish bin. Lastly, there is a pile that will contain everything you plan to move with you.

Do a Garden Tidy Up

Porthole Garden
image credit: martinrstone
It's easy to overlook the garden when moving house, but a well-kept garden can add value to your property. Set aside some time to mow the lawn, trim back any trees and weed the flower beds. You may find this activity is a welcome change from packing boxes all day!

Organise Yourself

During your room sorting, pack everything except the most essential items that you will need before moving. Keep a list of everything that you pack, and label each box clearly with a room name. This will help the people who are moving the boxes.

Sort Out Your Paperwork

Gather together all the quotes, receipts, contracts and other handy information together in one place. Also make sure to store your important documents such as passports, bank account details and birth certificates safely too.

Electronic Devices and Appliance Tips

Pack your electronic gadgets carefully before moving. Dishwashers, fridges and washing machines should be emptied, drained of any excess water and dried. Remember to turn off any major appliances a day before you move, which will give them time to cool down.

Wiring

Remember to take out any CDs or DVDs from computers and other electronics. Taking a photo of any complex wiring setups will save you time and frustration when trying to piece it all together again!

Parliament Clock
image credit: Aldaron

Plan Your Time

Hopefully, the steps shared here will help you to remove any stress from your next move. Plan your time carefully to make sure most of the hard work has been done before the removal people arrive. The only thing left to do is to start planning your new home! Here is a list of independent removal companies.

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