Moving houses without going mad

One of the rather stressful chores in life includes moving houses. After jumping the many hurdles of the house-buying process, the actual move is often the icing on the cake. However, moving your worldly belongings from A to B doesn’t have to be a nightmare, with the right planning and preparations. The property website Zoopla has put together some excellent tips to help a smooth and swift move.

1. Start NOW

As soon as you know you are moving, start planning by writing down what you need to do and when and make a start on what you can ahead of time.
If this sounds ambitious, just try not to leave it more than three to four weeks before the big day.

2. Don’t compromise on removals

There are different options here depending on your budget and the scale of your move. For larger households, as a general rule, look for British Association of Removers (BAR) registered movers or tried and tested recommendations from friends.

Get at least three quotes and go with the one you feel is best suited to your move, rather than the cheapest. If you only have a small load and just need a van, speak to us. If you hire a unit with Stashed Away you can use our van for free.

3. Start packing early

Many people fall into the trap of putting off packing as they can’t face starting such a mammoth task. Break it down into achievable parts and it will seem a lot less daunting.

Alternatively, pay extra and get the removals company to do it all for you. They can sweep the entire contents of a house into boxes in a matter of hours and make it look like light work.

4. Ikea bags are a mover’s best friend

Well, maybe not BEST friend, but they’re pretty good for any odds and sods that don’t really need to go in a box. Zipped laundry bags are good for moving linens, clothes and coats, shoes and other non-breakables.

5. Label your boxes

It sounds obvious but so many people forget. Put the labels on more than one side so you can see what’s what when they are piled high.
If you’re really organised, make an inventory of what is in each box, especially if some items are going into storage.

6. Check your furniture will fit through doors

It sounds obvious but misjudging the size of entrances and turning room is a classic moving day problem.
Flatpack furniture you built yourself is often the biggest cause of grief. If it needs to come apart again, find out by taking measurements and give yourself plenty of time to do it.

Check also if feet and arms on big sofas are removable.
Let the removals company know if you need a window removed or take a door off its hinges, and check they are insured to do it.

7. Create a ‘room plan’ for your new home

Draw up a sketch of where the furniture will be placed in each room. You can always move it again but it saves time deliberating on the day and keeps the removals company happier.

8. Keep wires organised

If you have a multitude of wires going into one device, use sticky colored labels or number each part to match one end to the other.

9. Pack an ‘essentials’ box

Pack the kettle, tea, coffee and milk last, so you can unpack it first. Also, keep a mental note of where your bedclothes and duvet are (see next tip).
Keep remote controls, phones, mobile phone chargers and any other essential items you are likely to lose in the same ‘bits box’ so you know for sure where they are
Keep real valuables and important papers separately somewhere safe.

10. Make your bed as soon as possible

You’ll appreciate it at the end of the day when you don’t have to do that ‘one more thing’ before you can sleep.
For more advice, take a look at our moving home checklist for buyers and renters.

And don’t forget if you need a storage unit before, during or after your next house move, get in touch for the best storage solution.