Is moving home as stressful as everyone says? According to a reputable stress scale, it’s ranked just outside the top 10 most stressful events likely to occur in an average person’s lifetime. That seems legitimate when you consider all the legal jargon you must deal with from solicitors and estate agents – particularly if you’re selling and buying, in which case you might be juggling paperwork from separate agencies while trying to organise moving vans and insurance and a dog-sitter for the actual moving day. And what if something goes wrong?
However, at Harveys Furniture, we don’t think moving house is such a big deal. As long as you keep a level head and remain flexibly practical, you’ll be putting your feet up on the coffee table in your brand-new living room in no time. Here’s how:
Keep on top of your budget
You cannot budget for everything, but you can try to. Your outgoings will vary depending on the size and location of your new house, the amount of furniture you’re bringing along with you, and how much help you’re planning on drafting in to get everything from A to B. Work out as closely as possible how much you’re likely to spend during the move, then save up a solid financial basis before the big day.
Organise your documents
Dealing with estate agents can seem like an uphill struggle, but they have necessary checklists and safeguards which need to be completed before any move can progress. To fulfil any credit or background checks that they require, ensure you always have all your important legal documents on-hand at all – don’t just tuck them all away in a spare drawer in your sideboard.
Packing is one of the most difficult parts of moving home, so make the job easier for yourself by getting rid of anything you don’t need ahead of schedule. That includes taking any olds DVDs to the charity shop and replacing any old furniture before you get into the new house. There’s no point dragging your old dining table along with you if you’re planning on treating yourself to a new table and chairs set a few days later.
Decorate in advance
If you plan on painting the ceilings in your new home white to brighten up the house, try to get it done ahead of your moving day. Similarly, any pre-planned aesthetic changes to wallpaper, floors, and carpets should ideally get done before you clutter up your new home with all your furniture. This isn’t always feasible, as deadlines often necessitate moving in on tight time frames and budgets, but it’s worth bearing in mind.
Find a quality moving service
We applaud you for thinking of going it alone when it comes to packing and shifting all your furniture into the back of a rented or borrowed van, but it’s worth hiring a quality local moving service to help bare the load.
Even if you consider yourself something of a moving veteran, it always helps to have a professional or two on-hand who shifts bulk items from one place to another daily. Certain pieces of furniture can be awkward and clunky in-transit, and a professional mover will know how best to navigate your prized sofa through a tricky hallway without dismantling it. It also gives you piece of mind, knowing that all your belongings will be professionally stowed away while on the road, and insured while they’re in the care of your movers.
Harveys Furniture, taking the stress out of moving home.