Finding the right home for your needs, arranging finance and transferring all of your possessions can mean that moving home can be a stressful time. But there are ways to make it easier…
Pack Essentials Separately
Pack essentials such as your kettle, milk, snacks, toilet paper, cutlery or medication separately. Once you’ve brought all of your belongings to your new home, the last thing you want is to have to search through dozens of boxes to find your kettle to have a cup of tea.
Make Copies of Important Documents
No matter how organised you are, items or documents can go missing when you’re moving home. So it’s a good idea to make copies of your important documents before you start to pack. If you do misplace them, the job of replacing them will be much easier if you have copies containing reference numbers etc.
Moving to a new home is a great time to get rid of any unwanted clutter that has built up in your home over the years. Before loading everything into boxes, separate them into three different categories; keep, discard or charity. The more time you spend organising your possessions before you go, the less time you’ll spend organising when you get to your new home.
Use Labelled Boxes
Don’t go down the black plastic bag route if you’re moving home. Boxes are an easier option as they’re easier to transport, stack and label. Determine a labelling plan before you begin. It’s a good idea to not only give a description of what’s in the box, but also what room they belong to.
Clean Before You Unpack
Don’t start unpacking until you have given the house a good clean. Cleaning takes half the time if you do it before you’ve scattered all of your possessions around your new home. Leave your windows open while you’re cleaning to get a fresh flow of air around your new home and to reduce dust.
Update your Address
Don’t forget to inform your insurance and utility providers that you’ve moved address. Update your address 2 or 3 weeks before you leave your old home. That way you won’t have to rely on your old home’s new tenant to forward on your letters.
Update Your Home Insurance
Don’t forget to ring your Home Insurance company to update them on your change of circumstances. Depending on what type and size home you’re moving to, you may need to pay more or get a refund from your home insurance company. This also applies to your car insurance policy as your premium is based on where you park your car too.