Anyone who has ever moved house will know how stressful it can be. According to a survey carried out by the estate agent, Yopa, home owners rank moving house as the most stressful event they’ve had to overcome, even over getting divorced.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade, downgrade or it’s simply time for a change, moving is unavoidable however. The good news is, the tips we share below can help to make the process as stress-free as possible.
There’s a lot to do when moving house so being organised is very important.
Start by making a list of everything you have to do and when it needs to be done. This will help you to prioritise by urgency and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to do anything amongst the chaos.
Try this helpful moving house checklist which can be tailored depending on whether you’re renting, buying only or buying and selling.
It’s also a good idea to store all your important documents such as house deeds, passports, wills and insurance papers in one box or file. It’s easy for things to get mixed up while moving but by keeping everything together in a safe place, this is one less thing to worry about.
Find a removals company
This is something people often leave to the last minute but if you want to avoid stress, book a removals company early on. Most people try to move at the weekend, on bank holidays or during the school holidays so peak times get booked up far in advance.
Using a removals company also eases the burden of moving. Rather than trying to do everything yourself on moving day, having professionals pack and transport everything for you takes off a tremendous amount of pressure.
Recruit some volunteers to help pack
Packing up an entire home is a daunting prospect. If you’re busy with work and kids, you’re probably wondering where you’re going to find the time to get everything done.
Pick a day you can dedicate to packing and recruit some friends and family to help. Offer to take them out for dinner or get a takeaway as a thank-you and you’re likely to get some willing volunteers.
Try to do as much as you can before the big day
Leaving things to the last minute is going to cause a great deal of stress. Everything should already be packed before the removals company arrives but also try to get other jobs such as the cleaning done beforehand.
Also ensure you’ve organised everything you’ll need at the new property such as gas, electric, broadband, TV licence and all the other utilities you rely on.
Have a moving day box of essentials
It’s a great idea to pack a small bag of essentials on moving day because chances are you won’t be able to find anything. Having things like tea, food, a change of clothes, toiletries and cleaning products to hand means you don’t have to worry about trying to locate essential items after a long and tiring day.