People often say that one of the most stressful things that the average person does in their lifetime is moving home. As a person who has had to move more times than I care to remember I can totally attest to that! There are many different things that you need to take care of when moving house and it is because there is so much that people sometimes overlook or forget certain things like cancelling the milk. When you prepare and plan your move, you can help to reduce a lot of the stress and also ensure that you do not forget anything and here is some advice to get you started.
Make A Checklist
The first thing that you will need to do is to sit down and create a checklist of all of the different things that you need to do.
· Inform banks and creditors
· Inform Utilities
· Inform doctors and dentists
· Arrange quotes from moving companies
· Cancelling subscriptions
Create yourself a list of all of the different tasks that you need to do and work your way through them one at a time. When you have a list of all of the various tasks you can then start to look at things such as finding a reputable and reliable moving company.
Shop Around For Quotes
It is always worthwhile starting to get ready for moving home as early as you can, although often you cannot get a confirmed date if you have to wait for your house to sell first. You will need to use the internet and search for all of the local removal companies to your location. It is easy to find removals Bristol homeowners have worked with, but you will need to research each company and see what their reputation is. You will not be able to get a quote over the telephone, and you will need to arrange an appointment for someone to come around and assess the amount of space your possessions will need to be moved. When you receive the quotes, compare them carefully and see what is included and what is not, as well as the level of insurance that is on offer.
Read The Small Print
It cannot be stressed enough that you need to read any agreement properly before signing it as you need to know what to expect come the day of your move. Find out whether you need to pack your possessions yourself, or if this is included in the charge, and also see if you need to pay additional fees for the packing materials. When choosing a company to transport all of your possessions to your new home, make sure that you choose one that is a certified member of a reputable association such as the British Association of Removers.
Always Have Contingencies In Place
To make sure that you cover all possibilities, you should make allowances for things not going according to plan, and an excellent example of this is the weather. You may need to think about getting plenty of plastic sheets in to cover all of the boxes as you move them from your home to the truck, and they will help stop the boxes becoming damaged if it rains. Always have a backup plan, and your house move will be as stress-free as it possibly can be.