Moving to a new home can be an exciting thing. You’re starting a new chapter of your life – one ripe with possibilities and opportunities. On the other hand, for most of us, the stress of a move can be considerable.
To ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible, there are a few steps we might wish to take. Let’s consider five of them.
Decluttering and packing
Before you put your belongings into cardboard boxes, it’s worth taking stock of all your possessions. Do you need all of them? If you intend to dispense with anything, there’s no point in taking it. It’s a great time for a declutter.
Go through every room in your house, one by one. The stuff you want to take can be packed into a labeled box. The things you aren’t quite so enthusiastic about can be put into a pile for donation, disposal, or sale.
Don’t forget to set aside an extra box for the items you’ll need on day one of your move. You don’t want to be searching for a toothbrush late into the evening.
Empty the fridge
If you’re the sort of person who keeps a well-stocked deep freezer, you should start eating your way through it with several months to spare. This way, you’ll remove the risk of wasting food when it comes time to move everything.
Of course, you probably won’t want to cook on the evening of the move. Make sure that you have a few local takeaway menus to hand.
Transferring the utilities
If you want a smooth transition, your internet, electricity, and gas providers must be informed beforehand. Put in the necessary phone calls. For energy, you’ll need to provide forty-eight hours’ notice. Take a reading the day you move out, and keep a record of them. This way, you can contest the final bill if necessary.
Getting temporary car insurance
If you’re hiring a professional removal company, you might find that your contents are insured during transit. You might decide to hire a vehicle yourself to cut costs. If you do this, then you can shop for temporary car insurance and get yourself covered during the day of your move. In many cases, this might end up being the more cost-effective solution.
Cardboard boxes are highly effective and affordable. But certain valuable or fragile items aren’t fit for purpose. This is where crates come in. They’ll provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your prized vase isn’t being smashed en route.