Daisy Santiago
May 12, 2020

15 Tips on How to Achieve a Seamless House Move

House moving is probably one of the most exciting life transitions anyone could experience as this signifies a fresh start, a new beginning to your new pad. New experiences, new neighbours, a new environment, and a new opportunity to redeem yourself from any failure or disappointments from your past. However, part of the excitement is the fear and stress of planning, preparation, and packing of your belongings when it’s time to do the big move. With all the many items that need to consider in bringing along the move, you can’t help but think of where to start.

I suggest, stop stressing yourself out since there are many available resources around that can help you do a house move seamlessly. This should be as exciting as the first time you decide that you are going to move to a new abode. Not as stressful as many perceive it to be. Today where everything is being innovative to make lives easier, house moving can be as easy peasy, too. Everyone now has access to the internet, thus, tips and hacks on how to move to a new house can be just a few clicks away.

Here, I have listed 15 tips to help you achieve a stress-free house move, making your transition more exciting. And definitely a celebration of a new beginning. Read along and let yourself be guided.

Planning Stage

1. Provide a go-to reference for planning your big move

A go-to reference can either be a notebook or an organiser that will help you establish the first step in this major transition in your life. This will be your go-to reference with anything related to your house move. If you are feeling creative enough, you may add some cute design or motivational quote on the first page of your notebook to help you keep inspired in doing this. In this notebook, you will put all your to-do lists, budget breakdowns, receipts, and schedules to avoid missing anything and to always keep you on track. You can divide the pages of your notebook as per category mentioned previously and label them with different colors using neon post-it notes for easy access to information. If you are taking a hard time starting from scratch when it comes to identifying your pre-moving reference, there are checklists available online to you help you get started.

2. Plan your moving budget

Budget is one of the essentials in planning a house move. Planning and estimating your budget are key in making this change a stress-free one. You don’t want to end up on a tight budget in the middle of the transition as that would be an unpleasant scenario. So, once you’ve started planning, a wise allotment of the budget is necessary. There are factors to consider that will surely affect your budget planning.

• Hiring professional movers or doing it on your own?

• Purchasing appropriate packing materials to avoid any damages on your items during transit.

• Travel costs – gas, food, lodging, oil change, vehicle maintenance, etc.

• Purchasing a moving insurance package for additional protection of your belongings.

• Self-storage unit for temporary accommodation of items that will not fit into your new home or during the arrangement stage of your new house.

• Bills due from your old home and to your new one.

• An emergency fund in case of unexpected circumstances during the transition.

Ensure a copy of the receipts to help you track your expenses. This way, you can determine the status of your budget and it’s a signal for you to check for an alternative solution if you think you need to save more money or if you can stick with the original plan if you still have the budget to do so. Planning your budget wisely is a big help in maximising your financial resources.

3. Create a timeframe

A schedule or timeframe will help you avoid procrastination. We all know, procrastination can screw up a plan. Time flies fast. You will never notice that you are close to your due date. A timeframe will help you coordinate your chosen dates to everyone who will be involved in this transition – from the moving company that you will hire to your friends whom you can tap if you are planning to do the move on your own. A timeframe will help you manage your schedule.

4. Classify your things

The moment you decide to move to a new house, it is imperative to sort your things out. This will help you allocate your boxes to things you needed the most once you set up to your new location. It may be tedious but this will be a great help in being cost-efficient when it comes to moving. Decide which among your items are for keeps, donation, for selling, or for throwing away. You will be surprised at how many of them are already unnecessary. Learn to let go.

5. Keep an inventory

Just like how much help a notebook can give you with your moving process, an inventory will greatly help you in keeping a list of the things you need to move and their designated boxes. It's much better instead of relying solely on box labels. This will keep you on track especially if there’s anything missed as soon as the boxes have been unloaded to your new location.

Preparation Stage

6. Booking of a moving company or storage facility in advance

If in case you decide to hire a moving company to save you from stress in doing it on your own and if you plan to rent a self-storage unit for temporary lodging of your belongings during the transition period, I suggest you do it in advance. Moving and storage companies often give discounts and special promos for early birds. This will help you save a lot of money. Also, the convenience of hiring a professional service in house moving will ensure the safety of your valuables. If you are looking for the cheapest and most reliable storage facility, try checking out easyStorage.com. We are the cheapest storage company you can find in London. Also, we offer a free van for the collection and return of customer items. This will definitely help you save money if you plan to move some of your items to a storage facility on or before the big day.

7. Avoid return to sender scenarios

Before moving, make sure that you’ve updated your mailing address to avoid important mail or deliveries being returned to the sender. You need to ensure that you’ve contacted important people or organisations to provide your new address. Examples are the following:

• Address with the post office

• Online shopping accounts

• Insurance companies and bank accounts

• Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

• Family and friends

• Any company that sends you bills

8. Arrange utilities and complete pre-moving tasks

This is an essential part of the preparation process. You need to arrange the utilities such as electricity, water, cable, and internet to avoid any inconvenience. Settle in prepared.

Pre-moving preparation is a must, most especially if you have the time to do so. You must take care of all things as much as you can before moving in.

• Painting and cleaning

• Scheduling a pest control

• Fixing utilities

• Installing security systems

• Renting a self-storage unit to accommodate your things temporarily. Storage facilities can become handy while you wait for your house move.

• Planning your temporary living is a must, too, during this transition. You can include the hotel accommodation in your budget while you wait for the big day.

The goal here is the unloading, unpacking, and arranging should be the only major tasks to be done once you arrive at your new location.

Packing Stage

9. Prepare your packing materials

You can do this preparation without spending too much money as most packing materials are available in local supermarkets and stores! You can also purchase packing materials from your chosen storage company if you're too busy to do it beforehand. We at easyStorage offer packing materials in case our customers are too busy to secure some from the supermarket.

Below are the examples of materials commonly used for packing.

• Boxes of various sizes – Boxes come in many sizes that will surely fit according to your needs and will ensure the protection of your fragile items from any damage as they are made of sturdy corrugated cardboard.

• Bubble wrap – This type of packaging is very reliable for your extremely fragile items such as dishware, ceramics, and electronics. Its material will protect such items against cracks or any damages during transit.

• Packing papers – This is an alternative if in case a bubble wrap is not available. You may wrap those extremely fragile items in these packing papers before putting them in a box as this can also protect against any damages normally encountered during moving.

• Permanent or colored markers – This will help you easily label or mark each box. Labels can help you or the movers in placing the items in the truck according to their fragility.

• Brown packing tapes or heavy-duty tape guns – This will help seal the boxes easily and efficiently as this is a pressure-sensitive tape that is meant for sealing boxes. Its material is durable enough in sealing corrugated boxes if you stick them on properly.

• Box cutter and scissors – These materials are needed as well for easy cutting of boxes and tapes.

10. Label your boxes to unpack efficiently

Since we’ve discussed the labeling materials from the previous tip, these labels will be a great help in easy identifying which is which. Indicating the content of a box and in which room of the house they belong to will help you unpack efficiently.

11. Empty your food stocks

Plan to consume all your food stocks a week before the big day. We are trying to avoid packing perishables such as meats, fruits, and vegetables as they can get messy, especially if it’s a long road ahead. Spoiled food is a big no-no. Also, some moving companies prohibit perishables.

12. Seek the help of your family and friends

Sorting and packing can be tedious, especially if there are only a few people who will do the job. There’s nothing wrong in asking help from the people you are close to as you never know they might be glad in lending you a hand. Just be sure to plan and give them enough time to manage their schedule and spare some time for you. You can reciprocate the kind gesture of help with a beer and pizza or anything that will make them feel appreciated.

13. Pack an emergency travel kit

You must prepare a small emergency traveling kit that contains the essentials or any handy tools as you don’t want to end up unpacking several boxes just to find your toiletries. Below are some of the essentials and tools you can pack in handy.

• Medications

• Basic toiletries

• Eyeglasses or contact lenses

• First aid kit (bandages, disinfectants, paracetamol, etc)

• Moving contract

• Pen

• Mobile chargers

• Tools needed for emergency repair (scissors, packaging tape, markers)

14. Ensure that essentials will be the last on the packing list

Those that will be most likely less to be used must be packed first as chances are you will not immediately need them such as kitchenware or linens. Those that are part of the essentials must be packed lastly to avoid digging in boxes once you need them. Some examples are toiletries, towels, utensils, dishware, etc.

15. Take time to rest and recheck

Inhale and exhale. Read your go-to reference to make sure every task is completed. You don't want to miss anything for that much-awaited big day!

Digging through some tips can be of help in achieving your house move seamlessly and doesn’t need to be stressful. Think of the fresh start as your motivation and I assure you, this will not be as tiresome as everyone thinks of. If you have the proper guidance and the right resources to complete these tasks, then you are on your way to achieving the goal.

We at easyStorage would gladly assist you in this important transition in your life. Just give us a call and we will help you with your storage needs!

Daisy Santiago

Daisy is our superstar blogger. With a marketing background and passion for writing, she loves to explore and research topics & put them into writing. Outside of work her hobbies include blogging, writing, blogging, writing. (We keep telling her to get out more)

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