There is no doubt about it – moving home is a stressful time. According to HealthStatus.com, any period of upset to one’s routine causes stress & moving home is one of the top 5 most stressful periods in an adult’s life. Yes it can be exciting to think of the new adventures that lie ahead, but if you are moving out of necessity rather than choice it can just be down right scary. That and along with the logistics of packing, organising the move, cancelling accounts, and changing address can make moving home a daunting task.
But never fear, because EU Vans is here to take the stress out of moving. Our experienced team know every step that is needed to successfully move home and today we’d like to share with you some of our hints and tips that will make moving house that little bit easier.
1). First thing’s first – HOW will you move home?
Deciding how you will physically move home is one of the key decisions you will need to make and it is best to make this decision as early into the process as possible. Will you pack and move every item yourself in multiple car loads (time consuming, expensive on fuel and probably the most stressful choice) or will you hire a professional moving company to remove your possessions for you and bring them to your new home? If you will use a professional moving company, we suggest you get multiple quotes, talk to the actual company over the phone to relay any worries you may have and so you will know exactly what you will be getting for the price quoted, and book them as early as possible. It is always best to have the removal company booked sooner rather than later. Once you have this decided you can move onto the next steps.
2). Cancelling your Contracts & Services
The last thing you want is to be paying for services in your old address that you are no longer availing of, so it is best to contact all your service providers well in advance of your move to co-ordinate the cancellation or move of address for the service.
- Landlord – Look to your lease to see how much notice is required, it might be a few weeks or could be a month or two, it depends on the original lease and you don’t want to loose your deposit unnecessarily.
- Services – Electricity, Water, Internet, Television Subscription, Television Licence, Waste Collection are just some of the more common services. It is best to sit down and make a list of all services contracted to your home. Checking your bank account for regular direct debits is a good way to cross reference that you have everyone covered. Each company will have a different notice period required and their customer service staff will be able to advise you how to exit your contract / change address correctly.
- It is also a good idea to set up a mail forwarding service with the post office to make sure all your post will be delivered to your new address just in case you leave someone off the list. An Post offer this service and it is easy to set up on their website.
3). Change of Address
There are people other than your family and friends that you will need to let know that you are moving, examples include;
- Mobile phone company
- Toll company (if you have a toll tag for example)
- Motor tax office
- Insurance companies
- Childrens’ school
- The HSE
4). Declutter, Declutter, Declutter:
It goes without saying, the less items you have, the easier it is to move. It is easier to pack, physically move them and unpack at the other end. So now is the perfect time to clear out all the items your have in your home that you no longer need or want.
Take it room by room and do this well in advance. You can organise things into separate piles to sell, donate and throw away / recycle. Car boot sales & online selling groups such as Wexford Mammy’s Selling Page, are great places to sell or give away your unwanted things. One man’s trash and all that. Charity shops are a great place to donate items and did you know that you can recycle for free; glass and paper at your local bottle bank as well a clothing? There are also services offering cash for clothes operating in most towns and any electrical items can be recycled at your local recycling centre for free also.
OK so things are getting really exciting now, it’s time to pack your belongings into boxes.
- Careful Now – Don’t overload the boxes, putting your back out on moving day isn’t the best start. You should be comfortably able to lift and carry the box.
- Heavier items on the bottom – Same as packing your groceries, heavier items to the bottom and smaller more odd-shaped items towards the top.
- Apple with Apples – Packing similar items together, e.g books in one box, clothes in another, crockery together etc. will make it ssooo much easier to unpack when you get to your new home.
- Least important first – And most important last. Pack away the items you will not need over the actual moving days first. And leave items such as changes of clothes, essential cosmetics, some food items etc last as these needn’t be packed away until actual moving day.
- Labels – It might sound simple, but actually writing on the box its contents will save a lot of bother in the long run. Once all those boxes are stacked up they all look the same.
- Warnings – If a box is very heavy or will need two people to move – mark is as such so that the movers will know it is heavy. Same goes for fragile items, if your grandmother’s vase is in a box, make sure the movers know this box needs to be handled carefully and packed away last.
- Essential Tools – Cardboard boxes, sticky tape, a tape roller, bubble wrap, old newspapers, sticky labels, markers and cups of tea are all handy tools when it comes to moving.
- Pull a Favour – Many hands make light work and if you can’t call on family or friends to come over for a “moving party” when can you.
Wake up it’s a beautiful morning, the day has come and it’s time to get going. A few simple tips to make the day run as smooth as possible;
- Up and at it – Get up early and have a good breakfast. This will make sure you are not rushing and playing catch up for the rest of the day as well as having the energy needed for the day.
- Walk Through – If you are using a removals company, show them around the property when they arrive, now is the time to let them know of grandma’s vase and those extra heavy boxes.
- Let them at it – A good removal’s company will know what they are doing and can get on with the task at hand, make sure you have given them your mobile number(s) should there by any questions once you are gone.
- Feng Shui – When your items arrive at your new home, let the movers know where you want each piece of furniture and boxes to go. Placing the box marked “crockery” in the kitchen from the start will be easier for you come unpacking time.
7). Settling In:
There are few items still to sort out after you arrive at your new home;
- Connecting new services
- Any specialist work is best carried out by a qualified trades person
- Unpack – here is where you will reap the rewards from all that decluttering and packing in a logical way. You might want to dedicate one or two days to this task or do one box a day until the job is done, whichever you prefer.
And there you have it – some hint and tips on moving home. Using the right removals company can make your life a whole lot easier and make your move go much smoother. Contact us for a no obligation free quote, Eu Vans would be happy to take the stress out of moving for you.