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5 Things You Should Never Do When You Move House

Written by Posted On Thursday, 27 July 2017 06:37

Moving home is almost always stressful but these five tips will help you avoid just some of the things that can make it even more stressful.

There's no doubt that moving home is incredibly stressful, and there are plenty of tips on how to do it right but I wanted to do something a bit different and give you tips on things you should never, ever do when moving. Because it is those moments when things have gone wrong, you wish that somebody somewhere had warned you about them sooner.

Here are 5 things you should never do when you move house:

Leave everything until the last minute

Packing and organising everything last minute is really asking for stress. Once you get a moving date, you need to organise everything backwards from that date. So figure out how long before moving you want to be completely packed, then estimate how many hours it will take you to pack the house and then schedule those hours in backwards from the date you want to be ready by all the way back to the day you are getting organised. The same goes for everything else that needs doing, it really does pay to be organised when moving house.

Move your belongings yourself unless you are fit and strong

If you know you don't have the time, means or energy to move your home yourself, then don't be afraid to get professionals to do it for you. There are companies who will pack up your entire home, move it and unpack it for you if you are willing to pay them to. If you want help but not that much help, pack things up yourself but have a moving company do all the lifting and graft so moving day is that bit less stressful.

Think pets and children will be well behaved

Pets and children can find moving house traumatic and stressful. Pets in particular are very hard to distract and settle in. If you can, consider having pets put into appropriate boarding until you can dedicate time to getting them settled into the new property. With younger children, you might want a friend or family member to look after them on the day, or to stay with you to help keep them distracted whilst everything gets moved around.

Assume there will always be a suitable storage unit available

If you plan to make use of self storage to help with your move, then you will always be able to find a free unit, but the thing is if you leave it until the last minute you might not find one that's suitable. This could either be because you have left it too late to have the time to look around, and you end up paying too much, or because the best, cheapest or most accessible units are full at the moment. Give yourself time to look.

Move things in before you clean

If you have access to the new property before you have to move out of your old one, you should definitely take that time to clean the new property and prepare it for your arrival. Once all your items have been moved in, it will be a lot harder to clean all the areas and to paint or decorate without having to move a lot of things around.

Hopefully, with these five great tips on what not to do when you move, you'll avoid a few of the pitfalls that can turn a stressful time into a very stressful time!

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