Moving can be incredibly stressful; there are so many things to consider and it has the potential to be both physically and emotionally exhausting. This year has come with its own unique challenges that will have certainly added more pressure and stress onto those who have relocated. The experts at www.Thomas-Sanderson.co.uk have compiled the below – the most common mistakes to avoid when moving to ensure a less stressful experience.
Bringing everything with you
Whilst it may be tempting to move every single thing you own to your new abode, moving is the perfect time to be cutthroat and ask yourself the important question; do I use this item or does it bring me joy? Moving every single thing you own will make moving ten times harder and can leave you with a cluttered new home. If you don’t use it or don’t enjoy it, bin it, recycle it, donate it or sell it.
Not labelling properly
A decent labelling system will save you time and stress as you unpack. Decide on symbols or letters for each box; for example you could choose to draw a triangle on things that need to be unpacked first, like plates and cooking utensils and then a square on items that do not need to be unpacked in a hurry. You should also clearly label boxes that have items in them that are fragile both for your benefit and the movers.
It’s also a great idea to label boxes by rooms to make life a lot easier when it comes to unpacking each one.
Forgetting to pack a survival kit
There are some items you will need whilst in the process of moving and, instead of packing it in with the rest of your items, leaving you desperately digging around to find them, pack yourself a moving day survival kit. This kit should include items such as deodorant, toilet roll, towels, toothpaste, soap and other sanitary products. It’s also wise to put pack a spare outfit in your survival bag and a phone charger so your mobile doesn’t run out of charge.
Moving furniture and boxes all day can also lead to scratches and injuries so, if you can, try to include a first-aid kit and plasters in with your survival kit.
Packing for a move is daunting and it can be easy to put things off until the last minute, but doing this will just lead to more stress later down the line. Moving requires a lot of planning and the earlier you start getting everything ready, the more zen you will feel as you approach moving day.
Make yourself a checklist to ensure you do not forget anything; you’ll feel so great once you’re able to check everything off with time to spare.
Trying to do it all yourself
Everyone who has moved house considers doing the whole thing by themselves to save money, but sometimes the effort is just not worth the financial savings you would be making. Removal companies can really put your mind at ease; they are professionals after all and will prevent you from having to recruit friends or family to haul heavy pieces of furniture or easily breakable goods to your new home.
Always look at reviews for removal companies before you book with anyone to ensure you are going with a reputable company and getting a fair price.
Not wrapping things correctly
Skimping on bubble wrap or packing paper can lead to broken objects and upset later down the line. Always ensure you take extra time, care and precaution when packing fragile items; too much bubble wrap or packing paper is better than not enough.
Forgetting to tell providers
Remember to always tell each and every one of your providers that you are moving to avoid a headache months down the line. In the interim, you can pay to have your post redirected, easily spotting any companies you may have forgotten to update your new address with.