Worried about moving house?
Take the stress out of your move with our top tips.
Proverbs 24:3-4 (ESV) says: By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Moving home is always up there on the list of life’s most stressful moments, but there are various steps you can take to avoid some of the common pitfalls. Here are our top tips to achieving a smooth move!
- Start planning early. There is nothing worse than leaving everything until the last minute. If possible, start organising yourself four to eight weeks in advance. That way if anything unexpected crops up you’ll be in a much better position to deal with it. It may help to make a checklist of jobs to do so you can tick them off as you go along. Even before you get cracking with the packing, it may help to start changing addresses over with all the relevant companies and contacts as soon as the move is confirmed. You may even want to pay to have mail redirected for a while. It may also be worth having a think about utilities and broadband providers ahead of time.
- Get rid of unwanted items. It makes no sense to pack up stuff you don’t want, lug it over to your new pad and then allow it to take up valuable space there as well. Sell it, give it away or recycle it if you can! The less baggage you have the better as you prepare for your move.
- Source your packing materials. Make sure you have access to plenty of boxes, bags or suitcases to transport smaller items as well as wrapping materials for larger items. Grab some bubble wrap, sticky tape, labels, scissors and coloured pens while you’re at it. The chances are you’ll need more than you think!
- Enlist some help. If you have the money to pay for a removals team this could really help to keep stress levels low. Professional movers will do all the heavy lifting for you and may even help you unpack at the other end, or at least put everything in the right rooms. If this is beyond your budget, ask friends or family to help with the various stages involved in moving. Organise who will be doing what and where, and make sure lots of drinks and snacks are available. Many hands make light work!
- Have an essentials box ready. It would be really annoying to get to the new place and suddenly panic that you can’t find your phone charger, medication, toilet rolls or kettle. Don’t forget to pop in a towel and a change of clothes as you may work up quite a sweat! If you’re moving with children, make sure you have plenty of entertainment available for them as they may tire of the moving process even more quickly than you do.
Finally, as Jesus says in Luke 10:5 (ESV): Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’