Moving home is simple, right? You pack your boxes, leave your keys on the doormat, and head off for pastures new with barely a quibble. There can be nothing simpler! Of course, we are talking absolute tosh. Moving home is incredibly stressful, but that’s where we come in. In this article, we will look at three of the common disasters that befall many a person during a house move, and we will offer some simple solutions to make the process that much easier.
Disaster #1: You run out of packing boxes
Everything was going fine until you realised you hadn’t packed your fine china plates. In a frenzy, you start to unpack and pack again, trying to accommodate everything. Chances are, you will be able to make room – unpack the kitchen sink for starters – but if not, you are liable to smash those plates in anger.
Tip: To help you pack your items properly, read our packing tips. Then start collecting boxes months in advance, and start your packing in stages. Provided you have given yourself enough time; you will be able to gather enough storage to accommodate your stuff. Still, you could also use this time to declutter, cutting down your packing by getting rid of stuff you no longer need.
Disaster #2: You forget to book a removal service
If you have a lot of stuff to transport from A to B, you are going to need the help of a professional removal service. They are a lot more reliable than using your best mate’s dad and his rickety old van, and they will give you peace of mind, despite the expense. However, a lot of people fail to schedule a service in time, deciding to try and book somebody last minute. Removal companies get booked up quickly, especially during peak seasons, so you may be out of luck, and you may also have to pay a premium price.
Tip: Quite simply, add ‘booking a removals service’ to your moving checklist, and confirm they have your booking a few days before the big move. You can cut down the expense by comparing moving truck rental rates and by planning your move during a less busy time, such as a weekday rather than the weekend. They will transport your stuff safely too, and are less likely to break down; unlike that van we mentioned earlier!
Disaster #3: You didn’t measure your furniture
All is going well. You have packed up your belongings, and the removal service has successfully delivered your stuff to the new property. Still, there’s a problem. Your sofa doesn’t fit through the door, and it has been placed on the garden. While you do need somewhere to lounge in the warmer months, this wasn’t what you envisioned.
Tip: If your sofa has been placed on the lawn, you will have to make do with one of the cardboard boxes if you want somewhere to sit in your new house. Either that, or measure your furniture and doorways well in advance. You may have to hire a tradesman to widen door entrances and dismantle your furniture, or you may be forced to sell your old furniture and restock with something of a more suitable size. Either option is better than seeing your luxury sofa gather damp and mould when left outside, unless you can make it a sun-lounger by purchasing a canopy to shelter it.
Have you faced a moving day disaster? Have you got any top tips for our readers? Be sure to let us know, making this most stressful of times a whole lot easier!