Moving Survival Guide

Research suggests that moving house is one the top most stressful life changes a person can live through. Follow these steps below, provided by a top man and van company in London.

Step 1:  First step is setting your moving date, choose a date that works for your schedule and style. During the working week roads may be quieter and your neighbours are more likely to be out at work. You are also more likely to secure your ideal date with your moving company since they are generally more likely to be fully booked on the weekends. A definite con of course, is that you would have to sacrifice a day or two of your holiday entitlement or take unpaid leave depending on your circumstances. Weekends are more convenient, but parking for the moving vehicle can become an unfortunate challenge.

Step 2: This step may potentially hurt the most. Spring clean. Go through your things, donate those items that you no longer want or need to charity shops (some of them will even come and collect it from your home). Throw away or recycle things that are no longer viable. This step will give you a reasonable idea of how much stuff you will need to move on the grander scale and what kind of packing materials you’re going to need. Make an honest list of how much stuff each room contains.

Step 3: Set a realistic budget for your move. How much can you afford to spend on this escapade? Your budget will inform your options when it comes to how you facilitate your move. There are several options and packages available to you based on what you are willing to spend.

Step 4: Get quotes and estimates in. Some companies will come out to survey and then offer you several options in all kinds of price ranges based on your needs. Decide how much you want to do for yourself. Check reviews, compare and make sure the company is reputable, read the quotes carefully noting the fine print. Ask questions about insurance.

Step 5: Once you’ve received your quotes make your choice. Be it A Man with A Van, DIY, Full Service, decide what kind of move works for you and that ever so important budget. Some options provide packing materials and people to pack your most prized possessions. Other options leave that in your capable hands.

Step 6: Packing… In the event that you go for full service, pack essentials and emergency type items for your first arrival at your new home, sometimes things are late due to traffic or other unavoidable misadventures.  Things that we don’t think twice about – e.g. buying paper cups and plates etc. If you need boxes, a good place to source them would be local super markets. Make note of your speciality items, pack them securely to avoid and/or minimise breakages. Pack non-essential items first, leaving the items you will need first to last.

Step 7: Remember to organise your change of address and utilities with your providers, reroute your mail, change or cancel subscriptions.

Step 8: Clean your old home. Some moving companies offer a cleaning services, in the event that they do not however, you can organise an independent cleaning service or employ some elbow grease and do the cleaning yourself before handing over the keys.