Moving home is rated as one of the most stressful experiences that we go through in our lives. Some of us only do it once or twice and some of us do it several times as our needs change such as family additions, upsizing or downsizing. No matter how much you pack up and venture to greener pastures these tips and tricks will help you have a stress free moving experience!
1. Pick a date early on:
Booking a date can be difficult, most people try to move over a weekend, school holiday or bank holiday to give themselves extra time. Plan in advance so you don’t get caught out by someone or something not being ready to go on the big day. Nothing makes a move more stressful than having to rearrange things at the last minute, or reschedule everything for a later date on what was supposed to be your move day!
2. Make a packing list:
It can be overwhelming trying to remember everything on the run up to your move, life has no pause button and life will carry on as usual while you’re planning your move.
To avoid extra stress it can be helpful to make a list of everything that needs to be done, but be sure to consider your timeline.
You may have only had your offer accepted and be months away from completion, or be days away from the big day, regardless a list can help get your head together.
Don’t be a hoarder! Having a spring clean before you move can not only save you time, but it can also save you money!
By donating, recycling or throwing away things you don’t need, you’re reducing the amount of things you need to bring with you. The less things that need to be moved, the less space you need in a truck and the less time you need your removals team for.
Anything you’re not 100% sure needs to be in your new home might be best left behind as it will save you time and money.
4. Plan ahead!
Have you ever been packing for a holiday and think, “I should have done this earlier, this is taking ages!” Well this also applies to packing for a move, packing always takes longer than you think!
It’s advisable to start with rooms you use the least, packing up those rooms and using them as storage for everything you have packed so far will cause the least disruption and allow you to get as much done as possible.
When you start to pack, have a think about the things you’ll need as soon as you move in. Kettle, plates, cups, toiletries, phone chargers, bottles of water, snacks and provisions for hot drinks. Set these aside to travel with you so that as soon as you get in you’re ready to have a nice relaxing cup of tea and fall into bed.
When labelling boxes it’s tempting to vaguely label things such as ‘bedroom stuff’ and throw everything that falls into this category into the boxes haphazardly, however if you colour code and label your boxes by room rather than by content it can save a lot of stress in the long run. Bullet point a few items in there so you know what it includes, and in your new home it’s as simple as putting a matching coloured sticker on the door to each room so the movers know where to put things.
Try not to over pack your boxes! While it’s tempting to fill them up to the brim, but it’s advisable to use small boxes for heavy items and bigger boxes for lighter ones. Otherwise you risk the box falling apart and injuring whoever is carrying it.
Better yet use a removals company that offers a packing service.
5. Dealing with paperwork and utilities:
It’s advisable to keep all of your important documents such as passports, house deeds, wills and insurance policies in one box or file to ensure easy access. Keep this somewhere where you will not lose it. It’s also a good idea to create electronic copies of important documents by scanning them and saving them onto a USB and cloud storage so you always have access to them.
It’s easy to forget to take final meter readings with everything you have going on with your move but it will help in the long run.
Take pictures and notes on your phone so you don’t forget any details. You can register with new broadband providers in advance and don’t forget to update your gas, electric and water suppliers. If you’re planning on switching suppliers, it’s worth letting them know that the house has been sold and that the account is finished. This means you can account for any final bills you’ll need to pay.
Also remember to put yourself on the electoral register at your new property, and update any relevant ID, like your driving licence.
When it comes to making sure you still get your post, It may be advisable to contact An Post about their redirection service: http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/MainContent/Personal+Customers/Managing+Mail/Redirection/ This will forward post from your previous address to your new one, which gives you a little more time to go through all your providers, memberships or anything else and update your address at your leisure, without worrying about missing out on important post.
6. Take time to clean and get organised:
If you can manage to get some time between getting the keys to your new home and leaving your old one, it can save a lot of stress. Getting into your new home ahead of time means you can plan where you want what, and give it a good clean before moving your furniture in. If you’re ordering new white goods, or need to measure for blinds, carpeting or anything else, take advantage of the empty space and get them booked in.
7. Take it slowly:
Moving day is a huge deal, (there’s a reason it’s rated as one of life’s most stressful experiences!) you’ll want to get everything done and settled ASAP and that’s understandable…
But it can be exhausting!
Have realistic expectations on how much you want to (and can manage) to get done. It’s highly unlikely you’re going to move and unpack your entire life by the first night.
Be sure to keep your essentials close to hand (cold drinks, tea, coffee and snacks) to keep your energy up and make sure you stop (completely stop) for regular meal breaks so that you don’t wear yourself out.
It will take time and patience to fully unpack and get settled into your new home, so don’t feel disheartened if things don’t come together immediately. Take time to unwind, your life does not have to revolve around unpacking!
As long as you have a place to rest your head by the end of moving day, the rest is up to you!
8. Hire Professional Movers:
If you can make room for it in your budget, nothing helps destress your move more than offloading some of the bigger tasks to a professional moving company. In addition to helping with the heavy lifting on the big day, movers can also help you pack up your things and safely wrap up and transport hard to pack items like lamps and art. That’s less work on your end, and a lot less stress overall! Just make sure to hire a moving company with a good reputation and a history of reliable and trustworthy service, otherwise you might end up with more stress instead of less. (AllenRemovals.ie is a good place to start.)