Moving house can be an extremely daunting and stressful task. As well as emotional factors of leaving a place with memories and anticipation at the changes to come, there are many practical matters to deal with. This can be particularly tricky if you have children who can get bored, frustrated and emotional.
However, there are many ways to make moving house easier for you and your family. Try to enlist the help of family or friends in helping you move. This will reduce the time it takes to move and it a more enjoyable experience. Make sure you leave time for plenty of refreshment breaks as moving can be a physically exhausting task.
You should also see moving home as an opportunity to get rid of all the clutter you have in your home. This will also make unpacking a lot quicker and is something you can start on before the actual move. You can always try to sell your old clothes, children’s toys and general household junk in a garage sale. This will provide you with extra money and is often easier for families as items are not ‘going to waste’. If you have any items left at the end of your garage sale, your local charity shop will be happy to receive the items.
Many people tend to spend money on boxes and packaging equipment. However, your local shops will often be happy to provide you with boxes for free. This is particularly true of vegetable and liqueor shops who often have piles of spare boxes. It may even be worth asking at your office as many boxes containing office supplies are disposed of.
It is advisable to clean your house as you go along. However, it is also important to have a final clean before you leave. This will also help ensure you haven’t left anything behind. You may wish to seek help from a cleaning company.
Many people require the help of a removal company. It is important to start looking for a company a considerable time before the actual move. Many removal companies will be booked up far in advance and the quotation process can take a few weeks. There are a few key things to look for in a removal company. The first is price, you should compare prices of a variety of companies before committing to any one. You can now receive online quotations from most companies. It is important to bear in mind that if you wish to move at a peak time such as a weekend, prices will be considerably more expensive. IIt is also important that your removal company are reliable. You can read online reviews to get an idea of companies reputations or you can check whether companies are members of The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers.
It is also important to ensure you have buildings and contents insurance. If you are buying your first home or have a mortgage, buildings insurance is mandatory. It helps to cover the cost should a tragedy such as a fire or flood occur and can provide your family with accommodation while your house is being repaired. Contents insurance also helps towards the costs of events such as flood and thefts. Ordinarily, replacing damaged or stolen items could cost thousands of pounds leaving you open to serious financial loss. Buildings and contents insurance is therefore important for your piece of mind in your new home.