While moving home can be an exciting time, it can also be a stressful and challenging period, both physically and emotionally. In fact, over sixty percent of us even believe that moving home is actually more stressful than getting divorced or starting a new job, according to a survey carried out by E.ON. But, as long as you plan ahead, it doesn’t need to be like this.
If you’re preparing to move to a new home soon, and you're starting to feel the stress, then don't worry, as we've shared four tips to help you out. With our efficient time-saving planning and packing hacks, you'll soon be settled in your dream home with minimum hassle. Just read on to learn how you can save time — and avoid stress — during your move.
Use apps to streamline household chores
When you're in an unfamiliar new house and most of your equipment is still packed away in boxes, carrying out basic household chores like cooking, washing up and doing laundry can be a struggle. So, during the first few days, you might want to outsource chores wherever you can to help save time.
Ordering a takeaway on your first night in your new home is a must, as it's a great way to celebrate, and you won't need to worry about finding all the equipment you need to cook. But, as it's unlikely that you'll have Wi-Fi as soon as you move in, it will help to use services that you can access using the data on your phone. Mobile apps like JustEat and Deliveroo will allow you to order food from a choice of local restaurants and takeaways, so there's no need to worry about cooking or washing up.
If your washing machine still hasn't been installed or hooked up to the water supply, then you'll also need to find a way of dealing with your laundry in the interim. Mobile services like Laundrapp will collect your dirty laundry and deliver it back to your door freshly washed, dried and neatly folded, so you won’t have to worry about trekking to a laundromat or dry-cleaners, leaving you with more time to unpack and settle in.
Change your address on official information as soon as possible
Telling everyone in your address book about your new home is an important but time-consuming process, so make a special effort to do this a few days before you move. This way, it’ll be one less thing to worry about on the day of the move itself.
Keeping everyone in the loop about your new home address will help to stop your mail and personal details from falling into the wrong hands. It will also mean that you won’t miss any important bills, which could potentially lead to a default and a blemish on your credit rating. You'll need to consider the following:
- Any magazine or newspaper subscriptions, and any delivery addresses for online shopping accounts.
- Your bank. Make sure you don’t forget any accounts or credit cards you use less frequently.
- Your GP and dentist.
- Any insurance providers, including your car insurance provider.
- Your utilities supplier. Even if you plan to switch, you'll still need to let your old supplier know.
- Your local council.
- The DVLA.
It's especially important to notify your utility supplier, car insurance provider and local council authority, as they will need an up-to-date address in order to bill you correctly. If you're worried that you may still miss important post if it’s sent to your old address, then consider making use of the Royal Mail's mail redirection scheme, which will send your post to your new home in exchange for a fee. You could also leave a few stamped addressed envelopes at your old home, so the new residents can easily forward it on to you.
Pack smart and create an inventory
Efficient packing will save you a lot of time in the long run, so take the time to do it right. The first step is to create a comprehensive inventory of everything in your home, and to decide if you'll want to throw anything away. Then, you can begin to get packed up.
You'll want to clearly mark each box with the essential information that will make it easier to find what you need later on, so be sure to include a summary of the contents, the destination room, and any extra details — like whether or not it contains fragile items. Then, assign your box a number, and write the corresponding number on your inventory: this way, you'll be able to find where things are more easily after the move. Colour coding each box using coloured labels or pens for each room can make the unloading process much faster.
Wherever possible, look for smart hacks that will reduce the time it takes to unpack. For instance, taking all your clothes off their hangers, packing them in a box or suitcase, and then re-hanging them after the move will waste valuable time. Instead, keep them on their hangers and group them together inside large bin liners, and use the hooks to transport them. Then, you can simply hang your clothes up in the wardrobe and remove the bin liners once you reach your new home.
Pack a survival kit for your first night
The first evening in your new home will feel exciting but new: after all, you’re spending the night in an unfamiliar place, and most of the essentials you'll need to get a good night's sleep will still be packed up in boxes. So, it can be a big help to pack a box containing everything you'll need, then keep it to one side during the removals process so you can easily access it once you arrive. You 'll want to make sure you include:
- A kettle, some long-life milk, some tea bags, and a few snacks to keep you going.
- Any prescription medicines.
- Toilet paper and hand soap.
- Bed linens, a duvet, and pillows.
- Pyjamas and a toothbrush.
- A change of clean clothes.
- A few lightbulbs. You don't want to arrive only to discover the old residents have taken theirs with them!
Once you've packed your survival kit, you'll need to label it clearly and make sure to keep track of it during the move: it may even help to take it with you in the car, as this way, you won’t have to worry about finding it again at the other end!
With these time-saving tips and tricks, you can look forward to a quick, efficient move, meaning you'll be settled in your dream home as soon as possible.