An Extensive Guide to Moving into a New Place PART 1: Preparation

We cannot deny the fact that moving homes is one heck of a tedious feat. There's really no way around it, but it can be a lot more bearable and far less stressful if done the right way. That’s why we wanted to share with you some of our best recommendations for a more hassle-free and efficient move.

Much of the moving process generally takes place over a few months, and while everyone's experience and exigencies vary a little, a lot of the work involved in moving is the same no matter who you are. In the following blog, we will discussing the preparatory part of the bane that is moving house.

Transfer your Information

Prior to moving, make sure you know all the utilities you're responsible for and make the required transfers. The further in advance you can make such arrangements, the better, as this saves potential future hassles. Another switch we advise you to make in advance is filling out a change of address form.

Find Cheap Packing Supplies

There are a lot of places to buy packing supplies, but keep in mind that boxes and tape can add up to quite a bit of money. You can avoid this additional and unnecessary cost by visiting your local grocery store or supermarket, and if you’re a regular customer, chances are they’ll give them to you for free. Alternatively, you can inquire on a local recycling Facebook page, where you might be lucky enough to find just what you need.

Another way to get used boxes is if your friends are moving before you. You can ask them to give them to give them to you when they're finished. You may also be able to find boxes in the office you work in, or ask a friend to bring home any boxes they can find at the office.

In addition to packing supplies, you're going to need some tools for the actual move. You can generally find these items at an ironmonger or hardware store. Be sure to have space in your car to fit all the purchased items. When the move is complete, a good box cutter is also helpful. It's an inexpensive tool and makes things a bit easier than a pair of scissors or a regular knife.

Take Measurements

Everything you own may fit wonderfully in your existing home, but it might not in your new one. It can be easy to make assumptions and forget to measure, so be sure to allocate some time to do it. Make an appointment at the new place, if necessary, to be absolutely sure your furniture will fit the way you envisage it.

All you need to bring is a tape measure and the dimensions of your furniture. The same goes for hanging various items on the walls. What looks nice in one space may look awkward in another. You'll only be completely sure until you've moved and tried it out, however you can still measure and estimate in advance to get a clearer picture of what will work.

Rent a Van

Maybe you prefer to have a moving company to help you out, but sometimes the process proves to be faster without one. So, if you're taking the DIY approach, you're obviously going to need a van. That said, there are a few things you're going to want to consider when renting this vehicle:

• The cost of the rental is one thing, but you also need to consider the cost of the van, should you find yourself in an accident. Rental companies offer insurance at different levels that often exceed the cost of the rental itself. Check how much insurance is going to cost you and what it actually covers. In most cases the insurance you'll receive from the rental company will only cover certain kinds of damage.
• Shop online and browse deal sites. Often, there are online specials available you won't get via phone reservation. So, keep your eyes peeled for bargains.
• Reserve your van as far in advance as you can or you may not get one. The day you move is also relevant to availability. Most people move in the Summer and on the weekends, so if you're one of those people you'll want to book as far in advance as you can.

Get Helping Hand

Moving is not something you should do alone – it's not insurmountable, yet it can be a monotonous procedure. Moving with friends is a lot more fun, and it makes everything go much faster. This isn't news, but if you've tried to convince your friends to help you move, you may have found it's not the easiest thing to do. While you can win over some with the promise of free food and help with a future move, many people don’t want to commit to a full day of physical labour. Instead of asking for the full day, make it easy on them and schedule your friends in shifts. If you have enough willing friends, ask some to come in the morning and others to come in the afternoon, that way, with less of a commitment, you're more likely to find the help you need.

There’s so much to do in preparation for your move: transfering your postal address, changing over your utilities, acquiring packing supplies – the list goes on and on. The move itself is really the easy part as you'll spend most of your time packing and unpacking. If you want everything else to go as smoothly as possible, good preparation is key. Sure, it's a time-consuming and detailed process, but in the end, it’ll make your move significantly simpler and far less stressful. 

Did you think we'll stop there? Keep your eyes peeled for the next few segements where we will be describing other stages of the entire life-altering process of moving house.

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