One of the most stressful things you can do in your life is to move house! Let's face it; there is plenty to pack in your home - unless you're a minimalist! And there's also the amount of preparation you have to do as well.
As you can imagine, it's enough to cause many an argument between householders. But, did you know that there are ways to bring those stress levels right down? Check out these top ten tips to move house like a pro:
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1. Start planning weeks in advance
We all know there is plenty to organise when you're moving an entire house. For a start, you have to find a removals firm to help you transport your items! That's why it makes sense to start planning weeks before the big day.
2. Get recommendations and quotes for several movers
When it comes down to selecting a removals company, it's worth getting several quotes. And you should only contact those recommended to you by others. The last thing you want to do is use an incompetent business!
3. Get rid of the trash
There's no point taking things with you that you never use or don't need. Before you start packing, do a detailed survey of your possessions. Throw away, recycle or sell your unwanted items.
4. Stock up on packing materials
You will need cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape and scissors. To save on cost, you could collect unwanted used cardboard boxes. You could also use scrunched-up newspapers instead of bubble wrap.
5. Do the legal paperwork for your new house yourself
Forget about paying expensive lawyers and realtors to handle the sale documents! With services like RealtyPact, you can go down the DIY route and save money. Not to mention time and stress!
6. Make an inventory list
When you box up your items, make a list of its contents. Doing so is useful for two reasons. First, you know what's inside of each box for insurance reasons. And, second, you'll know where each box should go in your new home.
7. Redirect your mail
You will still have mail going to your soon-to-be former home. Before you move, arrange for your postal items to get redirected to your new home. You can specify the start date so that you don't lose any important mail.
8. Give people jobs to do
If you have an army of friends and family at your disposal, be sure to enlist their help! Assign them roles or rooms and make sure they know what they are doing. That way, everyone can play their part on your moving day.
9. Make a food hamper
It's tempting to buy some junk food on the day you are moving. Instead, you should make up a food basket the night before you move. Everyone can then eat healthy food, and you can save cash!
10. Move delicate or high-value small items yourself
There are times where the only person you can trust to move individual items is yourself. For those fragile goods in your home, transport them yourself. You should make sure they get wrapped up well before you leave.