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Simplifying your house move

There’s nothing like packing up your house for a big move to increase stress and diminish your bank account. Luckily, there are ways to make the big day easier.

Budget and plan

Expect more expense than you bargain for and ensure extra funds are available for any overlooked issues.

Reliable removalists are crucial

These people will be in charge of your most precious items, possibly for days. Ring several companies for quotes – remembering the cheapest quote is often not the best – and ask friends and family for recommendations. Make an inventory of your furniture and items plus how many packing boxes you have – with a rough guide as to what’s in them – and give the list to the removalists as well. This will help if they lose any items.

Utility options

Ensure electricity, gas and internet at your new home will be good to go as soon as you move in. Again, this will require plenty of calls to utility companies, well before you move. But consider this the perfect period to compare providers and change to a different contract or company. Contact your provider the day before, and on the day of, your move to remind them about it.

Packing and pets

Your bank account will be thankful for friends’ free assistance when packing. Also ask these people if they have spare boxes or check with local retailers. Packing up is a great time to declutter and can bring in much-needed cash if you sell unwanted items or save on your removalist and storage budget. Don’t forget your furry friends on moving day either. A nearby new property may not make the adjustment as scary but more remote homes will require assistance from pet removalist companies. Aim to have your pet stay with a friend on moving day to lessen their stress, bearing in mind, it will take several days or more for them to adjust to the move.

And when you’ve moved…

The moving day is always exhausting, even if everything goes smoothly. Prepare for this by having a “must have now” box close at hand with items such as coffee, cups and a kettle; basic bedroom and bathroom objects; and any medication you need.

Good luck!