Moving house can be a really stressful time, and no other day requires as much organising as moving day itself.
This post gives you 25 fantastic tips for moving that, if you use them all, will make your moving day so much easier…
There are quite a few tips here, so I’ve split them up into easier to read sections – hopefully this will help even more: –
- 5 Moving tips to help make sure you have packed only what you should, and you are ready for the new house from Day 1
- 6 Moving tips to help with removals and specific ideas for packing
- 5 Moving tips for admin needed to help moving day go smoothly
- 5 Moving tips to remember the day before to be ready for moving day
- 4 Moving tips for the day itself!
So, lets get going shall we…
MOVING TIP #1 – DECLUTTER BEFORE YOU PACK
Moving house costs.
Why would you want to add to this cost by paying to move things you don’t use or need?
We all have items in our house that have long been forgotten – usually ending up in the garage, loft or shed, but they could be lurking anywhere.
Before you start your packing is the perfect time to go through everything and have a good sort out.
Moving is a fresh start, so the last thing you want to take with you are things that you don’t need or use any longer.
Decluttering before you sell means that you only move what you really need – and you will not only save money by doing so, but you will also save time in the new house by not having to unpack and deal with all that stuff in the future.
I call that a win-win!
MOVING TIP #2 – CONFIRM WHAT YOU’RE LEAVING
Your current home works for you – without really having to think about things anymore. You have the right flooring, furniture, window dressings etc… that fit your lifestyle.
However, when you move you may have agreed to leave certain things in the house such as curtains, freezer etc…..
As such, it’s worth making a list of these things, remembering to leave them behind and not pack them (put a sticker on things that the removals company shouldn’t touch to be safe).
You don’t want to end up moving only to find you have brought something with you that you shouldn’t have!
MOVING TIP #3 – WORK OUT WHAT CANNOT MOVE WITH YOU
Does everything fit your new home?
Furniture that is in your existing home may well not fit into your new home, and it’s best to know this up front so you can sell it / donate it before you move.
Take some time to measure doorways etc… and work out whether the larger items of furniture (your sofa/dresser etc…) will fit into your new space.
There would be nothing worse than leaving a sofa on the front garden on moving day!
TIP – This is also a useful exercise for working out whether you have suitable space for all your furniture. If you are downsizing it’s worth working out what can and cannot fit into your new home, and sorting these out before moving day
MOVING TIP #4 – CONSIDER OFF SITE STORAGE FOR A WHILE
I am not an advocate of off site storage, as it usually ends up costing money to store all the things we really don’t need – but when it comes to moving house there is good reason to use it under certain circumstances.
Often we want to do work on our new house pretty soon after moving in.
If this is the case with you, then why not consider moving some furniture etc.. into storage to make redecorating / re-carpeting etc.. easier?
You could use a storage company**, or your removals company can often store your items for you on a rolling monthly basis, which can ease the strain of having to move everything around to accommodate trades people etc…
MOVING TIP #5 – KNOW WHAT YOU MAY NEED IN YOUR NEW HOUSE
Also worth considering is what you actually have in your new home.
Is anything being left (carpets/curtains/furniture etc…), is there fitted storage etc….?
For example – if you’re moving from a house with all fitted wardrobes, and the new house has none, then you will need somewhere to hang your clothes asap – you may therefore want to invest in some rails for the interim while you decide on suitable furniture etc…
Or if you are leaving the curtains in your old house, you will definitely need some sort of window covering at least on the bedrooms windows in the new house (it may be worth asking them if it’s possible for them to leave certain curtains for you).
It will be worth making a shopping list and getting things sorted ahead of time, I’m sure you agree!
WOW – there’s a lot to consider already, isn’t there – but let’s keep going, I promise it’s worth it!