Moving and relocating is a big deal, which is why so many people only do it once or twice in their life time.
But it doesn’t have to be stressful; there are plenty of things you can do in order to make your move go swiftly and without any major disasters.
Basically, it all comes down to organisation – do enough preparation before the move and you’ll be out of your old house and into the new one with seamless precision.
There are obviously a number of differences between moving down the road and relocating to a new city, or even to another country.
A localised move can involve local removals companies, and as you already know the area, you will be less anxious ahead of the move.
However, if you are moving and relocating to a different region then you will need to do a lot more research about the area you are moving to.
There will also be other considerations such as a new job, new schools (if you have children) and meeting new friends. But moving and relocating can also be an extremely exciting time and you should always look at the positive side.
Make sure you've got sufficient moving boxes and other supplies such as packing tapes, label stickers or marker pens. Most people ask their chosen mover to supply the boxes when hiring long distance or overseas moves.
It would also be a good idea to use their packing services for insurance purpose even though this may add to the cost of moving. But over all you will save time and can claim back any damage to your belongings during transit to your new home.
Notify all parties when you become aware of your moving date. This is to allow them to send you final bills for your old address and set up a connection date for the new place.
You may take this opportunity to switch your gas and electricity to a cheaper supplier or get a better deal.
Organise your change of address with the bank and all your important correspondence. The post office can forward mails to your new address up to one year after your move for a small fee.
If you intend to use a removal company for your moving and relocating then you need to check that they take on long-distance jobs. A local company is easy to check out. Friends and family may have used their service in the past so you can get lots of feedback.
But if you want to use a specialist long-distance company, or one that deals with relocation abroad, then you’ll have to do a bit more digging around to ensure they have the right credentials to make your house move go smoothly.
If you are relocating to start a new job then it’s important to work out your timings. You need to check leaving dates with your current position and ideally give yourself some time off for the move and adjustment period.
House sales and purchases don’t always go according to plan so build in a buffer zone to cushion you in case of any last-minute hiccups.
This will help to keep your stress levels down. And you won’t be panicking that you have to move house on Sunday and start work at a new job the next day.
It’s also important to feel settled in your new house so a few days set aside to unpack and make the house feel homely will help you to adjust more quickly.
If you are not moving too far away, then you should try to visit your
new home town a couple of times before you actually move there. This
will help you to get a feel for your new home. Visit during the day.
Check out the local shops and amenities and then go out in the evening
too. That way, once you've move in, you’ll already feel at home in the
town; you’ll know where things are and there will be a sense of
familiarity on moving in day.
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