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MOVING TIP #6 – CONSIDER A 2 DAY MOVE
Most of the time we move out of the old house and into the new house on the same day.
There is however, good argument for moving in on the following day instead, creating a 2 day move.
If you can get the keys to your new house the day before your stuff arrives, you have a great chance to clean everything first, or put in new carpets/flooring etc….
It’s so much easier to clean and add new flooring into a space when the house is empty, and then when you put all your stuff into the house you can be sure you’re happy with the state of the house first (think kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, carpets etc…)
It may well be worth paying for a 2 day removal service for this very reason.
MOVING TIP #7 – GET THE REMOVALS COMPANY TO PACK
Decluttering your home is a massive job in itself, and this is a job only you can do.
As such, why not take the strain off a little and get the removals to do what they are best at – and that’s to pack everything up for you.
For me, its a no-brainer for so many reasons: –
- They will be insured for any breakages
- They can do this SO quickly! (it’s great to watch the experts in action!)
- It usually doesn’t cost a lot (a lot less than I imagined it would cost), and when you are talking about the cost of moving I think it’s an expense that’s well worth it.
- It frees you up to oversee everything
- They supply all boxes and packaging which will save you time and expense
MOVING TIP #8 – PHOTOGRAPH VALUABLES & BREAKABLES
I always suggest going around your home and taking photos of your valuables and breakables before they get packed up.
If for any reason things get broken, damaged or lost during the moving process, at least you have a record of them. (Just quick snaps on the camera on your mobile phone will be good enough).
MOVING TIP #9 – LABEL ELECTRICS
Take a look behind your living room TV…
What do you see?
Chances are it’s a mass of wires and plugs – working perfectly for you but confusing to say the least.
A really great tip is to get some coloured stickers** and stick the same colour to each socket and each end of the cable – so that you can easily set everything technical up in your new home.
To go one step further – why not take a photo of the setup so you can have a visual reminder as well.
MOVING TIP #10 – PACK A BOX FOR EACH CHILD
Moving when you have children can have its own set of issues. Children often don’t want to move as they like routine and are unsure of the unknown.
If you get them involved in the process and excited about the move then it can take this uncertainty out of the equation.
Get them to pack their own box for the move, and remember to pack this into your car on moving day (the last thing you want is for this specific box to go missing…).
In it you can have things like: –
- Favourite teddy / doll
- Book to read
- Bedroom items to create their own space asap
- Nightlight / reading lamp / torch
- Change of clothes and bedtime clothes
- Bathroom bag
You can then get them to unpack this themselves which will help them feel right at home immediately.
There’s nothing worse than getting to a new house and having to open all the boxes to find the night light they won’t sleep without….
MOVING TIP #11 – PACK AN ESSENTIALS BOX
In a similar vein to packing a special box for each child, you should also think about packing a box for you on the first night.
Consider adding things like: –
- Corkscrew – you will probably want to raise a glass in the new house!
- A torch
- Tea / Coffee / Milk
- Screwdriver set**
– basically anything that you feel you will need pretty much immediately on arriving at your new home.
This will make the first night a lot easier.
By now, following all these tips, you should be pretty well packed now.
Next up are things that will really help on the admin side of things if done prior to your move….