Michael Graham’s guide for a stress-free move.
Everyone knows that on the Richter scale of challenging life events, moving house is right up there with relationship breakdowns and starting a new job. The good news is that with careful planning the whole process can verge on being almost enjoyable. At Michael Graham we’re passionate about houses, and after fifty years of helping people find and move into their dream homes, we’ve learned a lot about how to make the moving process a happy one. Here are our top ten tips for a hassle-free move.
- Get three written quotes from established removal firms, ideally using personal recommendations, and then book one. Check they are a member of either The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers.
- One word. Declutter. There is no better excuse to have a car boot sale, do a charity shop run or list things on eBay.
- Get packing as soon as the removal date is confirmed, one room at a time. The spare bedroom and loft are ideal places to start.
- Forget newspaper and think bubble wrap and tea towels for wrapping crockery and valuables. Pillows and bedding are useful for protecting furniture from dents and scratches.
- Check your home contents insurance covers damage and breakages during the move.
- Label boxes clearly on the sides for easy identification when they’re stacked. Colour coding for each room is the professional way to go, and if you have children ask them to decorate the boxes with pictures of what’s inside. As well as keeping little ones busy, it’ll help them process the fact that you’re moving.
- Don’t overload boxes. You can’t afford to be out of action with a back injury. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes.
- Change address details held by institutions like the bank, dentist and school two weeks before the move. Royal Mail will divert mail for a small fee.
- Pack an overnight bag for each family member and a box of essentials for the first night, including a kettle and tea bags or wine and a cork screw.
- And if despite your best efforts it all gets too much, take a deep breath and remind yourself that home is where the heart is, even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in.
If our tips have made the idea of moving to a new house a little less daunting, visit the Michael Graham website at www.michaelgraham.co.uk for a selection of town and country properties for sale.