If you are planning on moving in the near future, the key to less stress is to plan carefully what you need to do and the timing of the key components is crucial to a successful moving experience.
Preparation is important with a move and it depends if you are moving from rented accommodation or from your own property, will determine on what your first steps are for the move, but once the ball is rolling some of the process is very similar.
Financial Preparation For Moving
There are lots of things that you can prepare before a move to reduce the stress the week you move. Moving is difficult manual labour, unless you hire in a company and getting ready for the day is easier if you have planned in advance what you aim to do.
The first area that needs looking at is your budget, know the money that you intend to spend for your move and try and stick to that as much as possible, it is always a great idea to have a little spare cash that you can quickly dip into in case of a crisis.
Knowing the amount of the bills in advance and what you need, it is important in ensuring you have enough savings for a move. If you haven’t enough you must seriously consider your options before borrowing more to fund your move.
Business And Personal Address Changes
Knowing who you need to tell is important; businesses that you use for items like electricity, gas and water all need to know you are leaving one address and moving to another address. All these companies need informing; however, it is important that they know the exact moving day, and often this is not confirmed until closer to the time, but it is possible to get the information ready in advance.
It is similar with friends and family, it is easier now with the internet to tell people about your new address and when you expect to be there. But it is important to wait till close to the moving day before you give out your new address. While you might not want to think about it, things can go wrong and it is important that you are not sending out information twice.
This does happen. We rented a few years ago and were moving to a new place and I had sent the change of address letters out. It was the week before the move and then the ceilings collapsed in this property and we were unable to move in. We quickly got a new property but I had to send out another letter and some companies got mixed up, they were unsure as to which was the right address. This did get slightly stressful, but the mix up got sorted; it would have been so much easier with the internet and cheaper too.
How You Intend To Move
Working out if you are using a moving company or if you have enough friends to help move the items yourself is an important step of the process. Knowing the costs is the easiest way to decide the route you are taking.
It is important that you get detailed quotes from at least 3 companies, you need to check they have included the items you are taking, which gives you a detailed comparison between companies. Before you make your final choice make sure there insured and a reputable company.
Create A Moving Checklist
Knowing what needs doing and when is important in any successful moving and creating a checklist will ensure you have planned the tasks carefully. This includes packing, if you are doing this yourself or plan when the company is coming to do this for you.
The most important box is the last box on the van and the first box off, this must contain items that you need including:
The knife is essential in making a quick sandwich for either yourself or your children.
Therefore, if you are planning to move in the near future it is essential you plan in advance to ensure as smooth as possible move for you and your family.