Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can ever go through. But with the average person upping sticks and moving eleven times in their lifetime and over £7 Billion being spent each year on home moves, it’s something we all have to learn to live with.
Pimlico estate agent, Andrew Reeves says, it’s manageable when you know how- “There are some ways to ease the pain- it just comes down to careful planning, delegation and organisation. Remembering these important tips will really help you to focus and get moved in as quickly, comfortably and easily as possible. “
It’s great to be spontaneous, but when it comes to moving home planning is paramount. Think about all the things you have to move, who you need to notify and any key dates you need to remember. Being prepared will ease the pain and save you from any unnecessary stress. If you love writing lists, now’s the time to really make it count. If organisational skills aren’t your strong point, there are some great project management tools and apps available to make life easier- Asana and Trello are both great for list making and prioritising tasks.
Assetgrove stresses the importance of clear labelling and cleaning- “Label all your boxes, ideally grouped according to the room they will be going into so things can be put in the right place straight away. Clean both properties from top to toe (or pay a cleaning company to do it for you) so when you arrive in your new home it’s all nice and ready for you to start building your nest.”
#2-Sort out your admin
If you leave it until the last minute to notify your service providers (heating, water, broadband etc) that you’re moving home you’ll just add to your stress levels when you get to the other end. “Take the time to redirect post, cancel any subscriptions and register with your new doctor in plenty of time to avoid any unwelcome dramas”, advises LDG central London estate agent.
#3- Delegate tasks
We Brits are notoriously bad at asking for help, but accepting offers from friends and family will make things go much more smoothly. That old saying “many hands make light work” is certainly true when it comes to moving house, and you’ll be amazed how quickly everything gets sorted if you have a few people to help you. Better still, it really pays to invest in a good removals company if you can. Often people think they are saving money by doing it all themselves, but the opposite can actually be true- professional movers are so fast and efficient that you’ll save time, and with less trips in your car or van you may well save a significant amount of fuel too.
Wimbledon estate agent, Robert Holmes summarises, “Moving house is an undeniably stressful time, but it can be easy when you’re properly prepared”.