If you follow me on any form of social media, then you will know that earlier this year I had the most stressful moving experience of my life. Not only did I have a landlord that refused to give us a reference making it almost impossible to move into the place we’re at now, but we also made a lot of mistakes on the day of the move and in the days afterwards.
As I have now moved house around 5 or 6 times, I’d like to think that I have learnt from my mistakes and that the next time I move will be much more stress-free. Not that I ever want to move again, that is…
To help anyone else that may be moving house soon, I thought I’d give you some advice based on the mistakes I made, as well as a couple of things I actually did well. So, here are 6 tips and tricks to make moving house stress-free:
Make Sure You Pack ABSOLUTELY Everything Before You Move
I know this may seem obvious, but make sure absolutely everything is packed before the day of your move. The last few times I have moved house I have left things until the last minute and have ended up needing to go back to the house a million and one times before finally being able to hand the keys over. Having it all packed and ready to go when you have the van makes things so much easier.
Hire A Skip Before Your Move And Get Rid Of Anything You No Longer Need
This was probably the smartest decision I made during my last move. The week before we were due to move we hired our own skip and got rid of absolutely everything we didn’t need anymore. We ended up being quite ruthless with the decisions and anything that we hadn’t touched since our last move (that didn’t have sentimental value) went in the skip. This meant we had a lot less to pack, and we were able to get rid of some pretty bulky items without taking a trip to the skip.
Organise Exactly Where You Need To Pick The Keys Up From
Would you believe I have now got this wrong TWICE? Once I went to the wrong estate agents to pick up the keys, and the second time I made the mistake of thinking that I was meeting them at the house. Make sure you’re 100% clear on the plans before you head out, as you can waste a lot of valuable moving time going backwards and forwards.
Pack Things Based On The Room They’re Going Into AND Label The Boxes
This is something I didn’t do until my last move and I can honestly say it helped so much. Packing things into designated boxes so that they can easily go back into the room they’re from once you’ve moved is ABSOLUTELY GENIUS and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. All we did was ensure we had enough boxes for each room, them labelled them up with Sharpie. So so so simple yet effective!
Hire Your Own Moving Van And Ask Your Friends And Family To Help
If you don’t want to make car journey after car journey, hiring your own van and asking your friends and family to help life the heavy stuff is a great way to avoid this. Alternatively, you could look at removal quotes and have the luxury of someone else doing the heavy lifting for you!
If You Have A Pet, Move Them Last And In A Proper Pet Carrier (Even Better, Put Them In A Cattery For The Day)
This was a mistake I made last time I moved and I don’t think I’ll ever make it again. I thought, as Dexter loves boxes, he would be absolutely fine sitting in a box for the ten minute journey to my new house. Obviously the stress of environment was too much for him and he made an absolute mess of the box, our laps and the removal van. Once we moved him we had to put him in the bathroom then traumatise him further with a bath. Next time I’ll definitely put him in his cat carrier which he loves, or leave him in the kennels for the day.
Have you got any tips for moving? Apparently, I still need them all!