Moving home

Top tips for a stress-free move

How to take the chaos out of moving. Source: iStock / Geber86

Finding a new home is just the start – what with packing to organize, the keys to hand over and moving day itself, most of the work is still to come. But what's the best way to go about it?

Planning ahead and using a checklist will help. Here we outline the key points to consider in advance of your move.

Pack boxes and prepare furniture for removal

If possible, you should start packing things into boxes a few weeks before the planned moving date. This is the perfect time to have a clear out. Recycle, donate or dispose of those belongings, clothes and furniture you no longer need, then you won't have to move a large quantity of items unnecessarily. To avoid a chaotic arrival in your new home, number your boxes or label them according to room or purpose so that they can be put in the right place straightaway. Getting the packing right is half the battle.

Tip: Don't forget to declutter the cellar, store rooms, attic or garage.

Handover – inspection report and final cleaning

You need to ensure your current home is thoroughly cleaned and ready for handover. The task of final cleaning is often underestimated and ends up taking more time than expected. You can start by checking with the landlord what level of cleaning is required. Then you can create a checklist to make sure that nothing is overlooked. This will ensure that the handover goes smoothly and help you avoid having to do any extra cleaning. If you decide to clean the apartment or house yourself, it might be useful to enlist a few friends to help. If you hire a company to do the cleaning, it's a good idea to obtain a few quotes to compare. It is also important to agree on a handover guarantee with the cleaning company in case the landlord complains and demands additional cleaning.

Important: Whether you are moving in or out, you should play it safe and get an inspection report to protect you in the event of any damage occurring.

Moving day – removal firm or do it yourself?

A house move almost always means stress – particularly on the day itself. You need to organise enough helpers and vehicles, ideally a removals van. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by arranging for a removals firm to transport your furniture and boxes from A to B and, if necessary, dismantle and rebuild all the furniture for you. If the budget permits, this is easily the most stress-free solution. Whichever option you choose, it is essential that the moving day is well organised if you don't want complete chaos and an overwhelming time unpacking everything in your new home.


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