Regardless of how much you prepare, you’re bound to experience a few small hiccups on moving day. Whether you have recently moved house or are moving home in the next couple of weeks, there will be a number of potential pitfalls when moving house. Here, we’re taking a closer look at some of these to help you prepare.
Packing for moving house
One of the first thing people will tell you when you are preparing to move house it to pack in advance, but the chances are you’ll be focusing on the admin issues such as getting your mail re-directed and informing your banks about the move. Before you know it, moving day has arrived. To avoid the big rush, we suggest packing up your home gradually room by room, leaving the belongings that you rely on most, such as the kitchen equipment, until last. This way, on moving day, all you have to worry about is packing up your kettle, microwave and toaster. It’s also a great time to throw away things that have accumulated since you last moved, especially if it hasn’t been used since.
Labelling your moving boxes
When it comes to moving house, it is likely that you will have a clear packing strategy in mind. From labelling your boxes to ensuring each box contains a sufficient amount of bubble wrap and crumpled-up newspaper to protect your belongings, such effort is difficult to maintain. You will never have enough cardboard boxes for all of your ‘stuff’, regardless of how much you dispose of, pass onto friends and take to the local charity shop! When packing, it’s really important to label boxes – after a while they all start to look the same, and remembering which box contains which items is really helpful for unpacking later.
Preparing for moving day
Regardless of how much you have prepared for the move, it is unlikely that everything will go the way you planned on the big day. To cope with the additional stress of moving home, it’s best to prepare yourself for the worst. Moving home is nothing to be feared, but by preparing yourself for the worst, you’ll be ready to act should something go wrong, helping make the move a bit less stressful. Unexpected problems arise, whether it’s keys going missing, vans getting stuck in traffic, friends who promised to help not being able to show up. Just tell yourself it’s something you’d expected, and have a back-up plan in place.
Unpacking your home after you move
After a day transporting your items from your old house to your new one, you would think that the first thing you will want to do is unpack, but in reality, it won’t work quite like that. After hanging up your new keys, wander around your new home to be sure that you want to put everything where you expected to, and set up the kettle for a well-deserved cup of tea. You might want to take a few moments to explore the area and introduce yourself to your new neighbours instead. The boxes won’t unpack themselves of course, but it will take plenty of time, so don’t pressurise yourself to do it all in one go.
Let the celebrations commence
Moving home is an exciting time and often rewarding for those involved. Regardless of whether you’ve planned to celebrate with your family and friends once you’ve moved in, it’s fun to invite people over to show off your new pad. While celebrating the next stage in your life can be a little restrictive surrounded by boxes and carrier bags, it’s too hard to resist! And, friends who are willing to help out are always welcome. If moving internationally, that might not always be as easy, but you can look forward to having visitors who might want to see your new home country soon.
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