Moving home can be a stressful experience. This is something we tend to just accept. However, it does not need to be as filled with hassle and stress as we expect it to be. There are a number of things you can do to ensure the day goes smoothly and that you don’t run into any unnecessary hurdles. Below, we reveal some of the most common moving home mistakes you need to avoid to ensure a stress-free day.
Leaving things until the last minute – Let’s start with one of the more obvious mistakes, yet a mistake that a lot of us are guilty of committing. Leaving things until the last minute is never a good idea, especially when moving home. Do you want the stress of having to ring around removal firms until you can actually find one that has the availability you need? Do you really want to spend the night before the moving day getting no sleep because you haven’t organised your belongings and packaged them correctly? Moving house takes time unfortunately, and so the sooner you get on with everything on your to-do list, the easier it will be.
Choosing a removal firm without giving it much thought – This is a mistake that could result in a disaster. Do not choose a removal company simply because they have been recommended by one of your friends or because they are the cheapest firm that you can find. You need to make sure that they have a lot of experience and a good reputation. You should take the time to read reviews that have been left by previous clients to see what they have to say about the firm in question and whether they would use their services again. Not only this, but if you have any specialist items, then you need to make sure they have the capability, experience, and equipment to move them correctly. A good example of this would be musical instruments. Do you really want your grand piano being moved by an amateur? And finally, make sure that the company has all of the necessary insurance in place. Don’t simply assume that this is the case. The last thing you want is to be left with a damaged grand piano and then no compensation to buy a new one with because the company in question did not have any insurance.
Failing to buy furniture and organise Internet connectivity in advance – When you move into your new place, you can’t merely call up an Internet and telephone provider and expect them to come to your home the next day. You may find that you need to wait up to two weeks. Not only this, but furniture can take several months to be delivered, so these are things that you really do need to think about in advance. When it comes to furniture, it is a good idea to choose a company that will deliver and set up your furniture pieces. The last thing you want is to have to handle the task of setting up your gorgeous new power sofas yourself, nor do you want to spend your next week with a bedroom that of bounds because you have a half put together wardrobe laid on the floor and you don’t know how to complete it.
Not dealing with clutter before your move – If you don’t deal with clutter before you start packing things up to move, then you are only going to end up moving all of your clutter to your new home with you. Before you start packing your items up, the best thing to do is go through everything you own, and decide whether you want to keep it, sell it, donate it, or throw it away. You need to be really strict. If you haven’t used or worn something within the past year, the chances are that you won’t do so over the next year, so it could be time to get rid of this item once and for all. A clear home equates to a clear mind, and you want your new place to be relaxing.
If you can avoid the mistakes that have been mentioned above, you can go a long way to ensuring that your moving home experience is as stress-free as possible. This means you will have more time to enjoy your new home, rather than worrying about how you are going to get you and your belongings from A to B without ripping your hair out. Good luck and enjoy your new place!