Moving house is a notoriously stressful event that almost all of us, at some point, experience. In fact, it often ranks in the top 3 of life’s biggest stressors alongside the death of a loved one and divorce.
Luckily, though, that need not be the case.
Having helped thousands of people move home over several decades, we’ve got some very simply (yet hugely effective) tips that are guaranteed to make your move much more seamless, and avoid the otherwise inevitable headaches.
So, without further ado, here’s our top 4 ‘hacks’:
It happens to us all. Over the years we end up collecting various (unnecessary) bits and bobs, pieces of clothing, furniture, books, souvenirs… you name it. While this doesn’t cause too much harm in the short term, when it comes to moving home it leads to seemingly endless hours of agonising decisions about what to keep and what to throw out. If you can’t make decisions as to what to throw out, you’ll pay the price come move day – both literally and figuratively.
To avoid this unnecessary stress, a few months before the move (if possible), begin deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to give to friends/relatives, and what to recycle/bin. The key to this is to be absolutely ruthless, if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in more than 6 months, or can’t see yourself wearing it over the next couple of months, you probably don’t need to keep it. The same goes for your other belongings; if something has been sitting in your attic for ages – maybe you’d even forgotten it existed – finding a way to get rid of it is likely the correct thing to do.
While it may be difficult to get rid of your items initially, you’ll thank us come move day when you don’t drive yourself crazy with packing, transporting and unpacking as many items as you would otherwise have had.
Create a Checklist
As the saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And this is no different when it comes to moving home.
Not only will creating a list of every task you need to get done help you keep on top of everything, but seeing exactly what needs done and checking things off as you go along has also helped our customers to massively lower stress levels.
Items to pack, dates & times of the move and companies to inform of your move are some of the things you’ll want to include on the task list.
The truth is, like anything difficult, it’s a whole lot easier to do something when you’ve got help – especially when the people helping you do this day in and day out. So, while you could try moving on your own, hiring a team of people with decades of experience who can guide you through the entire process is guaranteed to remove a lot of the stress you’d otherwise have no choice but to face.
At the very least, having a group of your friends and family on stand by to help you with the packing and transporting is never a bad idea, since it’s going massively speed up the process and give you a support system to help deal with the stress.
Arrange Your Utilities ASAP
Last, but certainly not least, make sure you get on to your utilities (such as gas & electricity, home insurance and council tax) as early as you can. Not only will this remove one big task one you’ve moved in, but it will help you get back to normal and ensure everything is running properly much sooner after you’re moved in.
If you need help with this, you can find more information here.
We hope this article comes in helpful!
Remember, if you’re located in or around Glasgow and want to avoid the typical stress of moving home, get in touch with us here, and we’ll be delighted to discuss the specifics of your move.