If you are in the middle of moving house then you will know what a stressful experience it can be. At times, you may feel as though you are drowning in moving crates, boxes and bags. If you want to ensure that your move goes as smoothly as possible, then you’ll need these moving tips.
Keep your Valuables Secure
You should be very careful when transporting special mementoes and jewelry. Remove them from your home as a priority and put them in a safe or even in the care of someone who you can trust. Somewhere in the middle of the unpacked boxes and bags, could be your engagement ring or a special watch that you got given by your grandfather. Either way, when you move home, it’s easy for things to get lost, so make sure that you document everything and that you take the time to transport them safely. It’s too easy for things to get lost amidst the chaos, and this is the last thing you need. Make sure you hire locksmiths to change the lock on your new property as soon as you arrive, so you can keep your valuables safe when you move in.
It takes longer than you might think to dismantle everything. You may even have an heirloom chest of drawers which has come down two or three flights of stairs so it can be loaded into the moving van. If possible, you need to start the dismantling process as early as you can. The week before, try and migrate your family into one room, ideally downstairs. If you can do this, then you will be able to pack down every bedroom with ease. Sure, some may have to sleep on the sofa or the floor, but it will make it easier for you to get everything dismantled and packed in time.
Should You Do It All Yourself?
It’s not madness to try and move everything yourself. That being said, it will take a lot of courage, organization and strength. If you are relocating with a family then this becomes even more difficult, as you need someone to watch the kids while you load up the van and drive to the destination. You also don’t have insurance to cover you for any breakages that might happen, so it’s important to keep this in mind.
Take your Bank Card
So many people throw their wallet or their handbag in one of the moving cars and although this is a great way to make sure you don’t drop it, it can cause major issues. You may find that when driving to your new home, you want to make a pit stop at a local store for a drink or that you need more fuel. If this is the case then you need your bank card to hand. When you arrive at your destination, you may feel flat and tired from the day, so takeout may be on the menu. If you have no idea where your wallet or purse is then you won’t be able to order.
Pack a Survival Kit
It’s always wise to have a survival kit that you can take with you when you move. A plastic crate can be packed full of tea bags, coffee, sugar, milk, snacks and even toilet roll. You also need to have a bottle of bubbly if you want to celebrate and some pain relief, in case you come down with a headache from the stress. A survival kit will give you everything you need to settle down before you have to unpack. You may not think that this is a big deal right now, but when you finally get the chance to stop for a minute at your new home, you will be glad that you packed things like this.
Don’t Be Hard on Yourself
When you move into a new home, you may be swamped with boxes. Don’t feel bad if you don’t get round to unpacking everything in the first week, or even the first month. Sometimes things happen and you may find that life ends up getting in the way. This is perfectly understandable. If you want to store your items properly, then one thing you can do is invest in a shed for your yard, so you can keep any boxes you haven’t sorted through yet, out of the way. This is ideal if you haven’t got the space to unpack everything yet, for example, if you are having work done or if you are moving to a smaller property.
Of course, moving to a new home can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. By following this guide, you can avoid the top mistakes most people make.
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