Five tips for moving to a new house

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Moving house can be an incredibly exciting yet exhaustingly challenging experience all at the same time. The prospect of a fresh start in a new environment can be reinvigorating on the journey of life, but first, you must overcome the struggles of packing, moving, unpacking and settling in.

To help you navigate this transition as smoothly as possible, here are seven tips to help make the move less stressful and perhaps even more enjoyable.

Make lists and plan ahead

Every successful move is built on the bedrock of necessarily tedious planning. Start by making a comprehensive moving checklist that includes tasks such as decluttering, packing, renting a van, notifying utility companies and updating your address on important accounts.

A well-thought-out plan will ensure you don’t overlook any crucial details and can help you stay organised throughout the entire process. Lists are also anxiety busters – no one needs more of that, especially while moving house!

Declutter before you move

Moving provides the perfect opportunity to declutter and simplify your life. Before you start packing, go through your belongings, furniture and other wares and decide what to keep, donate or discard. Be ruthless – it’ll make your move that much easier.

Getting rid of unnecessary items not only lightens your load but also reduces the time and effort required to unpack at the other end. It’s a chance to start fresh and surround yourself with the things that truly matter, rather than bits and bobs just weighing you down.

Pack methodically

A systematic approach to packing and moving is usually the most effective. Before you start you’ll have to buy some packing essentials like boxes, tape, markers, and bubble wrap – or newspapers if you want to opt for a most eco-friendly version.

Start with the things you use least and work your way towards everyday essentials. This will help to ensure you can get up and running quickly when you unload and start to unpack. Use boxes to group similar items or things destined for the same room to make unpacking less of a struggle. And be sure to pack fragile items with care, using bubble wrap or newspaper to prevent breakages.

Get some helping hands

Moving on your own can seem almost impossible, especially if you don’t own a van. If you know someone who does, you could ask them to borrow it, just make sure you take out temp insurance before getting behind the wheel.

Alternatively, you can hire professional movers. They have the tools, expertise and experience to handle the logistics more seamlessly and take much of the hassle out of moving house. You’ll save time, effort and give your belongings a better chance of making it safely to your new home.

If anything breaks, professional house moving companies should have insurance in place to cover the cost of any damages or necessary replacements, which is handy for extra piece of mind.

Sort admin as early as possible

The dreaded admin tasks that accompany a house move are inevitable. Get these sorted as far in advance as possible to reduce your stress down the line. Once you’ve started moving possessions, you don’t want to be worrying about admin because there’s enough to be concerned with.

Redirect post, change your addresses, notify utility providers and do anything else you need to facilitate your move. Doing these sorts of tasks early will mean once you make it to your new home, you can focus on getting settled.

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