Moving to your new home is an exciting time and doesn't need to have the stresses often associated with it. Follow our tips for an simple, enjoyable moving day...
Choose the right removal company; This will make a huge difference on moving day! A good removal company will eliminate any stresses which can be associated with moving and make the process quicker and easier. Some removal companies even offer packing services and cleaning services, meaning all the hard work is done for you! Ask friends and family for their recommendations and also your estate agent, usually they have dealt with all the local companies on several occasions and will know which one is right for you.
Pack a moving day kit; There are certain things you will need to hand on moving day and you don't want to be rifiling through boxes trying to find them so keep them in a clear plastic box and make sure it is within easy reach all day. Some things you may want to include are; lightbulbs, bin bags, a box cutter, paper towels and toilet roll, first aid essentials, cutlery, snacks, the kettle, water, tea, coffee, milk and sugar.
Moving animals; If possible it may be a good idea to ask a close friend or relative to have your pet for the day. If you are planning on moving with your pet in tow, feed them as early as you can on moving day then ensure you have a good supply of fresh water for throughout the day. Surround them with familiar things during the journey such as their toys, bedding or a jumper with your smell. Remember to allow them plenty of toilet stops throughout the day.
Moving children; Moving with children in tow is much like moving with animals. Children like routine and familiar surroundings so ensure their usual daily routine is a normal as possible on moving day. Much like going on holiday, pack them a small bag with some things to keep them occupied such as soft toys for comfort and travel games and a book for entertainment.
Use soft items as padding; If your packing items yourself, you don't need to spend lots of money on expensive packaging. Use soft items such as bedsheets, towels, blankets or old clothes to line boxes and wrap around breakable items.
Avoid mixing items from different rooms; When packing your belongings, pack room by room, keeping everything together and clearly labelling boxes with which room they have come from. When you get to the new property, the labelled boxes can be put in the correct room and you can avoid losing anything.
Take photos of your electronics; Before you disconnect any electrical items, take a photo of the wires at the back. When you come to re-connect, you'll know which wires you need to use and where they need to go.
Pack heavy items into suitcases; Packing boxes are useful but can be heavy so they are difficult to lift and carry and can often rip under the weight. For heavy items such as books, use suitcases so you can pull them along rather than lifting and carry and to prevent any box breakage.
Remember to re-direct post, register with new doctors and dental practices and take a note of meter readings.