Moving house is stressful. There’s no doubt about it. If you’re considering moving house soon, or are in the process of moving house, then you’ll be aware of all of the stresses and pressures that affects 99% of all people in this situation. However, do you know the key factor that separates the 1% of stress-free house-movers from everyone else? Planning! If you don’t plan your house move and all of the small details that come with it then you will undoubtedly find the experience stressful; but careful planning and preparation is going to make your life so much easier!
As a provider of self-storage in London, with sites in Pimlico and Westminster, we have years of experience in helping those who are in the process of a house move, and we understand exactly what you can do to make this easier!
Make a List of Companies to Contact for Your Change of Address
This step is the first thing that you should do, and something that should be done as soon as the moving date is on the calendar! Create a list of every company that you will need to contact to update your address. This can range from your broadband, mobile phone bill, vehicle information, or a variety of other personal or household services! Make sure that you keep this list safe and as soon as you approach the moving date you can begin contacting these companies and ticking them off of your list!
Tip: When moving house council tax, local electoral registers, and many other important aspects can be forgotten, make sure to add these to your list!
Have Your Packaging Supplies Ready
There are so many things to remember when preparing for a house move that you often tend to overlook a number of small details. One small detail that is often overlooked is packaging supplies, and making sure that you have plenty handy for when it’s time to put your belongings into self-storage or directly into your new property! The extent and range of packaging supplies that you need will depend on how much you have to pack, but make sure that you are stocked with cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and thick tape at the very least!
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Take Time Off
Some people make the mistake of underestimating how time-consuming moving house can be, and don’t give themselves enough time off to complete the move without rushing! We recommend giving yourself at least 2 full days in each property (so 2 days in your current house to make sure everything is packed and empty, and 2 days in your new property unloading boxes and furniture). This will often mean taking annual leave from your place of work, so make sure that you have made your work aware that you will need this time, and as soon as you have a moving date you can book the time off!
Prepare for Furniture Removal
If you have a lot of furniture and boxes to move to your new property then you might want to consider using a removals company to do the heavy lifting for you, allowing you time to focus on the other details! Make sure that you have your removal services booked ahead of time to avoid the risk of leaving it to the last minute and finding that there is no availability!
Calculate and Plan your Timings
This is the most important part of planning that you can do! We recommend that you create a timeline for your house move and remember to stick to it! Include every task such as packing rooms (each room should have an individual time-frame) and the dates that you are putting your furniture in (and out) of self-storage!
Here’s an example of what your ‘moving-house planner’ might look like:
Putting the time into preparing for your house move will make the whole process that much easier when it comes time to leave your old house and move into your new home! With two locations in SW1, we’re able to make sure that your house move goes as smooth as possible! For more information on self-storage in London you can contact our team on 0800 999 3342 or firstname.lastname@example.org!