Moving from one place to another can be an exciting yet stressful experience at the same time. To avoid chaos and unexpected events, you should plan ahead. Knowing what to do, how to plan, and start early are key to making your move as stress-free as possible!
Book a Removals Company Early
Everyone wants to move during the weekend or over a holiday to avoid having to take days off from work. If you are like everyone else, you might have trouble finding a suitable removals service when you need it most because most services are fully booked by other people. Avoid that scenario by booking in advance. This way, you’ll have time to carefully compare different services and make the best choice. The guys at Isle of Wight Removals, for example, are usually fully booked at peak times, so it makes sense to reserve your spot as soon as you know your move date. Make sure you choose professionals because they will be the ones responsible for making sure your belongings, especially fragile objects, get to their new destination intact and in their best condition.
Declutter Your Belongings
You don’t want to spend money transporting items that you only end up throwing away at your new home. That’s why you should spend time decluttering your space before packing. Everything should be labelled into one of the three categories: to keep, to sell (donate), or throw away. Keep your house removal costs down by decluttering the right way.
Start Packing as Early as Possible
Some people over-estimate their packing ability and end up with last-minute chaos. Don’t think that you just need those two days at the weekends to pack up everything before the removals company arrives. Here are some essential tips to help you get started:
- Start with the rooms used less frequently.
- Use good labels to speed up your unpacking process (You don’t want to open 15 boxes labelled “Kitchen stuff” just to find the utensils).
- Choose the right packing materials.
Keep an Inventory of Things
A chaotic move can result in something getting lost, and you don’t discover it weeks after. If your removals company is also hired to pack your belongings, they might create that inventory list for you. Otherwise, there’s a lot of useful help online on how to make such a list.
Know What Items You Can't Move
Make sure to speak to your removals service to get a list of things they won’t transport. Usually, this includes hazardous materials like chemicals, tins of paint, plants with soil in, etc. If you want to pack plants in the garden with you, make sure to take out the soil, pack them carefully in a box so that they can’t move around, and transport them in your car. You’ll also find that the local charity office will be happy to accept most of the things you can’t move with you.
Arrange Your Utilities Early
Making a move means that you’ll need to register for new electricity, water, gas, or broadband providers at your new place, and stopping those services at your (soon-to-be) old place. Make sure to do it early on to stay organized. This way, you won’t be surprised by any final bill. You might also need to redirect your mail to your new address to keep your important documents up to date.
Above are some tips to help you make your house move as trouble-free as possible. The key here is to plan ahead, stay organized, and be accountable. Don’t forget to contact us early to book a removal service, or see our services and let our professionals handle the most important parts of your move!