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When you’re moving house, you need to avoid making last minute arrangements. Unless you have to pack up your house and leave in a hurry, you probably have anywhere between 4 – 8 weeks to make sure you organise everything for your moving day. Here are some tips for move out day that will make the day less stressful!
1. Realise How To Get Rid Of Clutter
One of the biggest realisations many people have as they begin to de-clutter and simplify their homes is that they have more unwanted stuff than they had realised. There’s no point moving boxes from your old home to your new home if they are simply going to be sitting unused for months.
2. Include Charities!
Save yourself time and energy by getting rid of these items – charities like Gone For Good can help find new homes for items such as old clothes and electronics.
3. Prepare And You Shall Succeed
Make sure you remain organised when you begin packing up your house by ensuring that you get all the packing material needed in advance; this includes boxes of various sizes, tape, sticker labels, coloured markers and bubble-wrap. For more detail, read our guide on how to pack for moving house.
4. Call The Professionals
Unless you are blessed with a very nice friend who has an empty van, you will probably need to arrange for a professional to help you move house. This is one of the most important tips for move out day!
5. Don’t Underestimate
People often underestimate the number of items they have in their house, and the experts cannot only help you lift the heavy furniture, but give advice and get things moved more efficiently and effectively. If you wish, you can request your movers to assist you with everything from packing to re-assembling.
6. Take Note Of Exactly What You Need
If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to get away with using a small van and making more than one trip. However, it’s easier for everyone if you can manage your move in as few trips as possible. Bearing this in mind, it will be helpful to make sure you have the right size van to fit all your belongings safely.
7. Lists Are Of The Essence
Make a list of utilities and companies at both your existing and new home that need to be notified of your moving date – getting an appointment for your Internet installation can often take weeks if not months! We have a comprehensive checklist of who to notify when moving home – from the council to the post office for forwarding mail.
8. Organise The Heavy Lifting
Requesting packing material such as boxes and tape is one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy items it is important to share as much information about your removal needs with your movers.
Firstly, you should inform your movers if you have overweight items e.g. a piano, pool table, and if there are any access restrictions such as a small elevator, walk-up only or a narrow driveway. They will accommodate your needs and plan accordingly, including if needed using additional movers, heavy-moving equipment or tools to disassemble your items (though not for your prized piano!). It helps if your mover is aware of all the minor details so they can move everything efficiently on the day of the move.
9. Occupy The Kids (If They’re There!)
We know that moving with children amplifies the stress of moving house. At AnyVan, we want to find ways to help make the process less hassle, and for this purpose, we have created a prototype cardboard box which transforms into a fort. We are aiming to inject fun into removals by providing a way to keep the kids entertained while allowing the adults to focus on the task at hand. This is one of the most important tips for move out day if you have children!
10. Hire A Van
Whether hired movers or friends and family, be sure to have some snack and drinks readily available for everyone. On a hot summer day, your crew will appreciate a cold drink more than you can imagine!
We hope you find these 10 tips useful when you decide to make the move to university, your new home or something new entirely!
Do you find these tips for move out day helpful? Let us know in the comment section below!
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