As some of you may know, I have just bought my first house at 21 years old. And let me tell you – it was the most hectic experience of my life! For months it seemed as though all I was doing was completing paperwork and waiting for the next step, then BAM just like that we had completed and frantically rushing around trying to pack boxes and get in as quickly as possible.
To save you from doing the same, I want to give you my top tips on how you can move house without the hassle.
- Have a massive decluttering session before you move
This is one thing that I made sure to do before moving day, as I seemed to accumulate lots of items that had no use to me at all. It’s up to you whether you want to donate these items or sell them to make a bit of money for your big move. I started by asking myself if I would ever need the item, or if someone else could make better use of it.
- Label every box with different rooms
This enables you to unpack without the stress, so you’re not looking in every box for your toothbrush, you can go straight to the bathroom box to find it! Once you have moved all the boxes in, put each box into the room it’s labelled for.
- Pick a removals firm early on
Depending on when you’re planning to move, it might be hard to find and book a removals company on that certain date. It’s important to pick a professional company, to avoid damage to your items or the property. There are plenty of options out there, such as man and van hire London.
- Think about items that you can’t take with you
These items include things like hazardous materials, plants with soil in, chemicals or tins of paint as you should make sure to consider the safety of your removals team. Gardening equipment like lawnmowers or petrol fuelled tools need to be emptied and thoroughly cleaned, as well as packaged up safely. If you’re packing knives, make sure to wrap them up carefully and note the contents on the box.
- Organise utilities
One thing we made sure to do when we moved into our house was to take the meter readings, as this is important when it comes to being charged correctly for your bills. We took photos of the meter readings so I could refer back to them easily when contacting the utilities companies. We also updated any of our relevant ID, including driving licenses and car tax.
- Make sure the house is clean
The first thing I did when we moved into our new home was get the cleaning products out and do a deep and thorough clean of the full house! You can even do this before moving day, as it will eliminate some of the stress so you can focus purely on unpacking on the big day.