How to ensure your house move is stress-free

It’s a well-known statistic that moving house is one of the most stressful life events an adult has to endure.

But with careful planning and preparation, it doesn’t have to be.

After dealing with purchasing the house, dealing with surveyors, mortgage brokers, solicitors and estate agents, moving house is the easy bit.

By following these steps you can make your house move stress-free:

Stay organised

Make a list of everything that needs to happen and when. Keep referring to the list and checking things off when completed.

When you dismantle furniture, document where each part goes and ensure screws and brackets are bagged up and taped to the furniture to make reassembling easier.

You should also take pictures of how leads go into the back of electronic equipment as this will save a lot of time in your new home.

It may also be worth sending the cat and dog to kennels for a couple of days before and after the move as upheaval and change can upset them. You don’t need the added stress of a missing pet.

Colour code boxes to make them easy to identify in the new house – by room or by importance.

And when packing remember which box you put the tea, coffee, sugar, milk and the kettle in!

Give yourself plenty of time

One of the key causes of stress is panic packing.

As soon as you know the removal date start packing. Do not leave it to the last minute.

Packing takes time as you need to pack, sort out and label boxes so you know what is in each one and where it is going.

Get the whole family involved. Get the children to pack up their own rooms and to sort out toys and books they would like to donate to charity.

Small steps

Every mountain climbed is simply one step at a time. And house moving is literally one box at a time.

Do something every day – even if you don’t feel like it – as every box is one box closer to completion.

Start by packing up the items which are used the least – books, seasonal clothes, tools (although keep out the ones you need), contents of the loft and garage

You will then end up only with the basics that you use every day in the home which are easy to access and then easy to pack up at the last minute.

Don’t make unnecessary work – clothes can be left on hangers and packed in wardrobe boxes and drawers can be plastic wrapped without having to empty them.

Get professional help

Why not alleviate stress altogether and hire a professional removal company like Cotswold Carriers to do the packing, provide the boxes and bubble wrap, and help with reassembling furniture as well as the removal itself.

With 35 years’ experience let us do the hard work for you.

Cotswold Carriers is a family run business, based in Oxfordshire, with over 40 years’ experience in domestic and commercial removals – both in the UK and Europe. As a member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) you can feel confident that when you employ any of our removal services, you are using a reputable, professional and financially protected company. All BAR Members are also monitored by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.

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