Moving is commonly known as one of the great stresses anyone can go through. It requires uprooting your life into a few boxes and starting again almost, on some occasions. Even the most organised person has to relinquish some control, and rely on the work of others which is not always a safe bet. If you’re part of a family or group moving together, things can be even more stressful, trying to keep everyone together. Moving long distances means that if you forget something, you can’t go back to pick it up. So below are a few easy tips to keep in mind when the big day comes around:
1) Make Sure Everyone Knows Where They’re Going
If you’re meeting others at the new property, or are travelling separately in different vehicles, make sure that everyone has the new address. It’s surprising just how many people rely on someone else to know the address, if they’ve been driven to viewings in the past. This is quite common with younger members of the family, if they’re meeting you after school. Make sure they have the address written down in one or two places, or organise meeting somewhere and picking them up. The same goes for removal men; make sure they’re clear where they’re going, though any quality service will have GPS or plan ahead with you.
2) A Different Set of Eyes
If you’re in charge of all the moving plans, you can feel like everything is on top of you. By the time moving day is here, you’ll have so many things to worry about that you might forget a few smaller, yet essential things. It’s always handy to have a new set of eyes to see things you wouldn’t even think about or consider that need to be done. Have a friend pop by, or share the work with your partner, so all ground is covered. Perhaps even ask the removal men though don’t rely on them too much as they have their own job to do. If they’re especially good or friendly, they’ll point out something that looks awry as they’ll have seen so many moves in their time. Take a good walk around the property, to both say goodbye and ensure you’ve sorted out everything.
3) Spare Boxes and Bags
Boxes break, especially with a lot of heavy things in them, with sharp edges or corners, and if boxes are being thrown around (not that they should in the
first place). Don’t leave behind extra boxes but instead, flatten them down and take with you. If something does break, you can quickly transfer things to a new box or even bin-bag. Masking tape will also be handy. Additionally, anything that you know you’ll need at hand, keep in a marked box or keep note where it is. This might include important documents (chequebook to pay the removal men?), or emergency supplies while moving, like tape, bin bags etc.
If you can’t rely on a neighbour or friend to check on your old property, make sure you’ve properly locked up. Some people are happy to see their home fade away in the distance, and will do everything to get on their way (also if they have a long journey ahead to their new property). However, just because you’re happy to leave it, is no excuse to leave it open and vulnerable to thieves or vandals; any destruction or damage incurred will have to be dealt with by the new owners or landlord. A large moving van in front of a property, will give away that it will be vacant and a potential hangout for squatters or generally anyone looking to cause some trouble. If any damage is incurred in between you leaving and the the new owners moving in, they or your agent/landlord may even contact you to foot the bill if you’ve left a window unlocked which has provided access for an intruder.
5) Easy Dinner
At the end of the moving day, you won’t want to cook. If you don’t have power yet, you won’t be able to even if you wanted to. If you aren’t too tired, go and explore if you know you’re close to restaurants. If you just want to stay in and get unpacked, keep an eye out when you make your initial viewings or driving up that day for a local takeaway instead. Pack some napkins and paper plates and cutlery too.
Author: Paul is writing on behalf of a property portal who work with estate agents in the UK, dealing in property in London, Manchester and many other areas (from student accommodation to higher-end, private houses and penthouse apartments). In his experience as a student, Paul has had to move back-and-forth each year since 2008, so he’s picked up quite a few tips along the way.