Moving house can be a significant upheaval. Especially when there are young children involved. They say buying a house and moving home is not only the most expensive thing you do. But also the most costly. It doesn’t have to be as stressful as you imagine, though. Here are five things to remember when you move into a new home.
Have a plan
So you have bought a new house. It’s all exciting. But now comes the stressful bit of moving. You have a few weeks before the move date so first things first is to have a plan. This will help you be more organized in the days leading up to the move. If you have young children will you ask family or friends to look after them while you move? Or will they be around with you? Think about what distractions you might need to keep them occupied. Think about packing as soon as possible. Little and often may be the key to avoid you feeling overwhelmed.
Pack carefully and by room
As you begin to pack it’s best to have a system. Pack by room or pack the things you want together for a specific room. The best advice would then be to label the box with the room you want it unpacked in. This will save you hours in your new house figuring out which box is for what room. It will also aid in the process of unpacking. You may want to enlist the help of specialists to help with the move. Moving companies can be a great investment to make things easier. There will also be boxes with things that you need straightaway. Things like a kettle and toaster perhaps. So label the box accordingly so you can unpack those things as soon as possible.
Think about things you might need to sort straight away
One thing that you might need to think about is certain repairs and things that need to be done straight away. This could be renovations inside the house or making sure it is liveable. Often getting these things done before you move your things in can make it easier for you.
Think about the bills you need to change and set up
Once you have safely exchanged and you have the keys in your hand now would be the time to inform the companies you pay the bills to change your address. If you plan to move your account across, then this should be seamless. If you want to close your account then now would be the time to do so. Keep a note of any readings at your old address on the day you leave so you don’t end up owing money that isn’t your responsibility. You may want to consider something new in the house like a different broadband or TV provider. It’s quite an easy thing to do so don’t let fear put you off considering new providers for things.
Get family and friends involved
Finally, get as many people involved as you can. Many hands make lighter work and the house move will feel like a much easier process the more help you have.
Let’s hope these tips help you with any future house move.