There’s no getting around it: moving house is a big task. There’s a lot to consider, but the correct planning and preparation can help to reduce the burden, limit stress to a minimum, and guarantee an efficient transition for yourself and your family. Fortunately, this blog is close at hand. It’s designed to offer general, but vitally important, guidelines on how to prepare for your move. So strap in!
Determine Whether You Need Professional Assistance
This is arguably the most important part of your house-moving preparation. Professional local removalists can provide aid in practically every area of relocation, from packaging and moving, to storage and pet transport. To determine whether you need professional help, you need to consider a few factors:
- How large is your move?
- How far is your move?
- Do I have certain belongings that require special protection during transit?
- Is the stress of managing the move on your own worth it?
Choose the Right Moving Partner
If you’ve decided to go with a professional moving partner, you need to be confident in your decision. So what should you look for in a moving partner? We recommend you demand, as a bare minimum, complete transparency of charges and a free, no-obligations moving quote.
Furthermore, you ought to choose a removalist with a full stack of professional accreditations, a comprehensive insurance policy, and first-class customer reviews. In particular, look for customer reviews shared on third-party websites to be sure of honesty. Take a look at this guide on how to choose the perfect removalist for further details.
Choose the Day of Your Move Early
It’s simple enough advice, but it turns out to be very important. Choosing a moving date at least 2-3 months out will give you the timeline you need to ensure you get everything in order. In particular, having a moving day set well in advance will make it easy to coordinate with your removalist.
Additionally, having a date set will help spur you on to take the action needed. Moving home requires many action steps, and getting your timeline figured out will help keep you on track.
Keep Track of Your Budget and Documentation
It’s a good idea to keep your moving documentation, including quotes and contracts, safe and secure. Maintaining an accurate budget will also keep your move in perspective.
Consider Pet, Vehicle, and Fragile Goods Transportation
Depending on the nature of your move, moving a pet, vehicle, and certain fragile goods can prove to be difficult. The right professional moving partner will be able to assist you with all of these needs. Again, look for accreditations, insurance, and customer reviews to assess the right moving partner for you.
If you’re choosing to pack your goods without professional assistance, choosing the right materials is paramount. Sturdy cardboard boxes, plastic wrapping and bubble wrap, along with unique, item-specific tools like washing machine transit bolts are necessary materials for safe and secure packing and transit. When it comes to packaging techniques, we recommend taking a look at these top tips for packing.
Explore Your New Location
Quite separate from the process of moving your belongings—though nonetheless important—taking the time to properly acquaint yourself with your new location can help to reduce any anxiety you may face during your move. A great idea is to familiarise yourself with the local amenities and places of interest to help you feel settled in sooner, rather than later.
For more information, download this handy Ultimate Moving House Checklist.
Article Written by Sally Wood from Kent Relocation Group