The last time I moved house, the guy who came to turn off the gas looked at me pityingly and said that he shook in his shoes every time he remembered his move! Well, he was right! If I had known some of the moving secrets outlined in this article, I could have saved a mountain of money!
Moving house is reputed to be among the top three most stressful things the average human being goes through during life. A colleague once joked that moving house was worse than death! How did she know? I think she meant suffering the loss of a loved one, i.e. bereavement. Looking at the positive side, moving house is a chance for a fresh start in a new environment and so getting rid of the possessions that weren't needed in your old house and which only served to make a mess, reinforces this change. The best way to reduce stress when moving house is to pack early. For many people, moving house is a major job undertaken with a degree of expected disorder at the other end. It is important to note that the amount and type of preparation in relation to moving house is itemised.
Choosing A Moving Company
Use a moving company and save your sanity. But how do you choose ? Many companies pride themselves on the high level of personalised service they give. Make sure you shop around for a company though as the prices charged can vary considerably. Decide on the pick up time, and date for the moving company to pick up. Work out distance to travel. As for a container, if done properly, it is probably a good method with a reputable moving company. A friend of mine though had to organize packers at the other end because this was not included in the mover's fee! All these things need to be checked out beforehand.
How To Save Money
Whilst cleaning, organize any collections you might have into boxes so the things which are not urgently required when you get to your destination can be stored somewhere, in that way you can unpack them at leisure. It is a great chance to get rid of clutter! Label everything clearly on the side and the top and instruct your packers or removal company that boxes or cartons must be stacked at destination with the label showing. Mark your boxes for whatever room you want them in at destination, such as dining Room, bedroom 2, kitchen etc.
If you are really efficient, go one step further and number the boxes according to the priority in which they will be needed. When you get to your new home, ask your husband to set up the television and DVD player straight away, so the children are amused and happy while you deal with the chaos of organizing boxes and setting up a working kitchen. Some companies also provide packaging and boxes for you - make sure you ask when you request your quotation. The vision of having to search through endless boxes for a small item such as a can opener is not very appealing, and if you haven't prepared correctly for the move, is a very real possibility. This means you have to plan ahead and pack ONE box of essentials which is clearly labelled 'survival box'.
But there is so much more to think of and the guide below will help you through the jungle of how to move house. It will also reveal some moving secrets which will help you to make big savings on your move.