They say moving house is one of the most stressful things a person can do. Dealing with all of the paper works, moving, changing addresses, a new commute to think about, schools, the list goes on. But there are some key tips worth hanging onto to make the whole thing a little easier for you and your family. Each move is different, of course. Meaning some advice may not work for you, so be sure to apply it to your own situation in the best possible way. It’s hard to remember everything with so much going on in a house move so try and jot the important ones down and tick them off as you go.
Look After The Furniture
It’s easy when lugging heavy furniture around to accidentally scratch it or damage it. The truth may be that you’re looking for more furniture when you land in your new home and you’ll be doing away with the old anyway, but looking after it is the right thing to do as you might be able to sell it for a bit more and also live with it for longer. Use furniture covers and pad the hardpoints out with packing. Make sure you use sheets to cover them if you’re painting or decorating to protect them too. If you’re moving glass furniture you need to be extra careful. By some bubble wrap and good boxing, and use corner bumpers too.
Decorate Before Moving
If you can you should consider decorating the home before moving in. This might just be giving each room a fresh coat of paint or it could be decorating the whole house. It’s so much easier to do before all of the furniture is crammed in there too. It just means overlapping on the move a little bit. Meaning you may need to pay a little more rent or somehow hold your old house longer. This is usually something that more widely applies to first time buyers.
Book The Moving Company
If you’re moving homes then you’ll need a firm to help you out. Book them early. Leaving it too late might mean you won’t be able to hire a removal firm because they’ll be booked out. At the same time, it might mean you end up with a sub-par company. Check the reviews and get one booked in as early as you can. If it’s your first home you may not need to hire out a company and instead just rent a van yourself. Do your homework and go with a reputable business, and book early to avoid disappointment.
Think About A Sitter
Hiring a babysitter for the move day can be really helpful. Sure, teenagers and older children can help you move, but if you’ve got younger children they may end up getting in the way and taking some of your time when you could be helping out with shifting furniture and cleaning the home. The easy option is to use a relative, just bear in mind this relative might have already been in your sights to help you move on move day so you may need to think outside the box.