Moving home can be a very stressful event in anyone’s life, especially if you are moving to a completely new area or country far away from familiarity, family and friends. Planning is especially important as there are so many more aspects to moving house than just packing a few boxes.
Getting professional movers in, as opposed to trying to scramble and do it all yourself, will take away a mountain of stress that you would unnecessarily place on yourself should you try and do a house move on your own. Professionals send you lists, help you prepare beforehand and do all of the heavy lifting, and in some cases all the packing as well.
A little bit of research on all the professional removal companies in your area will give you an idea of what kind of costs you are looking at when you move. And you may be pleasantly surprised to realise that it is not going to cost as much as you thought it would.
Good planning is integral to a successful move and it should start with making lists about three or four months prior to the move. If you have lived in one place for a long time, you will need this time to go through everything you have accumulated during this time to sort through what you will take with you and what you will be giving away, selling or leaving behind.
You will need to start collecting boxes for your move (get them from your removal company) and start packing up all the things that you don’t used every day, like vases and linen that is not currently in use. It is a good idea to take photographs of everything in the boxes before you seal and label them, as you do forget very quickly what is packed where. Colour-coding the boxes for each room is a good idea. When you need an extra thick blanket, once you have arrived in your new home, you do not want to end up unpacking every single box looking for one item and causing chaos before you have started unpacking.
Moving home can change people’s lives in so many ways that they may not realise until they get to their new home. If you are moving to a small town, you may not have access to big shops and may need to change the way you live by adapting to limited small town store opening times, and perhaps not always being able to get everything you need for weeks at a time.