When you make the decision to move house, whether that be somewhere rented or bought, it is a pretty massive job. I remember when John and I moved into the house we live in now and I was so stressed because of everything that needed doing. My brother in law is due to move quite soon so I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips for moving house stress free!
Lists are your best friend
I am, and have always been, a big fan of lists. If a task seems too much to handle and you feel like you might forget something then a list is always a really good place to start. I like to write lists in order of importance but it might be a good idea just to start with a list of everything that needs doing first just so you don’t leave anything off.
Packing materials are a must for moving house, even if you’re only going down the road. During our last move I thought I was well prepared with plenty of boxes but I ended up having loads of really rubbish packing tape which really didn’t stick well and I worried about the bottoms of boxes falling through. Buying from a specialist might be the best way to go instead of ordering something cheap and cheerful from Amazon.
Moving house can not only be stressful but it can be a long process. Even if you next address is not confirmed yet it might still be a good idea to start packing up things you know you won’t be using for a while. You could go through your clothes and pack away any out of season or maybe you could pack up your spare bedroom.
Making time for moving house is really important and this isn’t just about packing. It’s important to figure out times or dates for when you can move, when your keys will be available and if you can rope in any friends to help you out! The earlier you start planning the better off you will be.
Spread it out
When we moved we ended up with boxes everywhere for months and months after we moved in and I absolutely hated it. I can’t imagine having that now especially with Erin in the house. If we were to move house again I definitely wouldn’t do it all in one go.
Self storage is a great option if you want to move in slowly instead of being inundated with brown boxes everywhere. I would love to be able to move boxes in a room at a time instead of having bits and pieces spread all over. Storage units can be rented for so many different lengths of time and this means you can do things at your own pace. You can also rent storage in different sizes so you’re never paying for space you don’t need to use and if you’re not sure, there are handy calculators available online as well as virtual tours so you can have a look around first. Shurgard is a good example of these new benefits.
Hopefully you find this tips helpful! If you have any to share, please do let me know in the comments.
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