10 easy tips for moving house
If you're reading this you're likely on your way to a new home, so firstly, congratulations! Intermingled with your excitement is probably a certain level of dread; I mean, you've accumulated lots of junk in your old place, you're not sure how to organize things for the move, and the D-date is fast approaching. Well, don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's a list of our top 10 best tips for moving house stress-free.
There are so many things to think about when you're planning to move your entire household. Avoid the temptation to procrastinate, something that's easy to do when you're trying not to think about the stress of relocating. Putting your planning off only increases your stress levels as the move approaches, and won't do you or family any good. Four weeks before the big day, sit down and make lists of all the things that need to be done, and delegate as much as possible to responsible family members.
Do your own inventory
Moving companies need an inventory of your household contents before they can give you an accurate quote. Most of them supply a form for you to fill in, but it seldom covers everything for every home. Take the time to walk from room to room in the house, listing every item of furniture, and large décor pieces like pictures and mirrors. Estimate how many boxes it will take to pack up the contents of all cabinets and drawers in the room, and don't leave out rugs and pot plants. Make sure you also check the garden for tools, garden furniture, toys and so on, that also need to be listed. When you're done, go back and check the list with another family member, who may notice things you didn't see. Use this list when asking for quotes, even if you also fill in the moving company's quote form.