Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving House
Moving to your new home can be what you’ve thought and dreamed about for years. You may be moving to an avenue you’ve always wanted to live in, or perhaps a house with a garden big enough for your ambitions. It’s one of life’s special events.
Needless to say, however, moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. If everything goes right, you’ll be exhausted but happy. If something goes wrong, on the other hand, it can get your adventure at the new house off to the wrong start. Our job is to make things perfect for you.
At Grants Removals we have many years of experience at making the process as painless and enjoyable as possible. Over time we’ve helped hundreds of families with their moves and noticed a lot of the mistakes they tend to make. We don’t want you to make the same mistakes, so here is the first of our ten very important pointers on what we hope you won’t be doing on the big day!
Mistake 8 – You Forget The Small Stuff
- Do you have children or pets? Make sure they have someone to look after them on the day of the move. Also, prepare ID tags for your pets that show their new address.
- Who has copies of your house keys? Don’t forget to pick up those copies from your neighbours, childminders, relatives and whoever else might have them. Collect them all up and pass them to your solicitor or estate agent when you move.
- Security in your new home is, of course, a priority. If you’re concerned about who might have copies of your keys, why not consider having the locks changed a day or two down the line?
- Why not make up a fact file for the people who will be moving into your old house? It could contain things such as instruction leaflets and service information for the heating system and any appliances you may be leaving. You might also write down details of rubbish collection and local recycling schemes.
- Be careful to back up all your computer data to disks or portable hard drives before everything is unplugged.
- You might be doing a lot of box opening and picture hanging in the days after the move. Make sure you know where you have packed the hammers, drills, cutters and gloves you might need.
- Make sure you take your final gas and electricity readings before you go, so that you can pass them along to your suppliers and get your final bills.
- On the day of the move, you will quite likely be surviving on tea and biscuits. Don’t forget to pack the kettle, disposable cups, tea, coffee and snacks. Your kettle should be one of the last things you pack away from your old place and the first thing you unpack at your new one.
- You will be tired after the move and won’t have much energy left. Prepare for that by packing clean clothes for the next day so that they’re easily available, and don’t forget to include toiletries and pyjamas.
“Another tip that basically says: Plan For Success. You might be feeling a bit stressed on the day of the move, so make sure you’ve done all your preparations in advance so that you can keep things simple when we come to help you.”