Top tips on moving house

January 2016

Moving house can often be a stressful process and with homebuyers becoming more time-poor than ever before, juggling hectic lifestyles and jobs with long hours, the necessary time to prepare isn’t always available. With this in mind, Sam Wood, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Yorkshire West, offers her top tips to make sure the big move is as stress-free as possible.

Ask the important questions

When you’re in your new home you’ll need to know where everything is; the stopcock, the gas and electricity meters and the thermostat to name a few. You’ll also need to know when your bin collection day is and who is the current energy supplier so that you can update your details or change suppliers if necessary. Ensure you’ve updated your address details and consider using a redirect postal service to guarantee anything you might have missed arrives at your new address. Set up your TV Licence, change your details on your car insurance and update your details on the electoral role. Making sure you’re aware of these things before you’re in your new home, when you likely won’t have much time, will help tremendously in the weeks following your move.

Have a clear out!

Moving home is a great reason to go through all your possessions and get rid of anything you no longer need – and the less you have, the less you’ll have to pack and unpack later! You can donate unwanted items to a local charity shop or take them along to a car boot sale, putting the proceeds towards items you need in your new home. The chance to de-clutter puts you in the right direction as soon as you’re in your new home.

Start early

You’ll never be able to anticipate how long it will take to completely pack up your belongings, so the best thing to do is start as early as possible. It may seem like the move is weeks away, but work, social engagements and other commitments can often get in the way. Pack up everything that you don’t need on a daily basis and label boxes by room so you know where everything needs to go once you arrive in your new house. When moving the boxes, pack the items you’ll need first last and reserve one or two boxes for essentials. Keep them with you - this way you’ll have the kettle to hand first!

On the day

Remember, moving is thirsty work! Make sure to pack up snacks, lunch and drinks ahead of the day that you can keep accessible at all times. It’s also a good idea to have a time frame in place for unpacking after the big day – it’s all too easy to leave boxes full for weeks – a plan can make sure you’re settled as soon as possible.

Moving to a new home requires preparation, care and hard work, but once your belongings are safely in your new house sit back and relax – enjoy your first night in your new home.

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