Planning for a move

Moving is generally regarded as one of the most stressful events to happen to people in their entire lives, but the upside of this is that the pressure and upset that is often a part of the relocation process can be greatly reduced with a little careful planning.

One of the most crucial aspects of planning a move is taking the opportunity to declutter your home.  Moving offers the ideal chance to rid yourself of possessions that you no longer have any need for.  Once you are aware that you will soon be making a move, one of the first things that you should do is have a look through the books, clothes and toys that you currently own.  Unwanted items can be sold at a garage sale or on eBay, and this can also be a good method of raising some extra money to assist with your move.  Items that you cannot sell but that are still in good condition can always be given to friends or donated to your local charity shop.

When it comes to packing, it is better to start when you still have a lot of time left before the day of the move rather than leaving it all until the last few days.  Begin by packing items that you will have no need for until after the relocation has been completed and you are settled in your new home.  Once you have arrived in the new place, it will probably take some time before you have unpacked everything you own; therefore, you can be sure to unpack in order of item priority by labeling your boxes with great care.

It is vital to keep a checklist of the contents of each box.  This can be a general list, such as books, clothes etc, or something more specific to enable you to easily locate items of importance.  Items that you will need very soon after the relocation, including bed linens, kettle, tea and coffee and towels, are best left somewhere that is easily accessible.

The great majority of people will hire the services of a professional moving company in order to assist them with their move.  To make sure that everything goes as smoothly as it possibly can, you need to make certain that the moving company that you decide to use is efficient, reliable and reputable.  The great majority of moving companies will also do your packing for you if you so wish, which may make it more expensive; however, this is considered to be well worth the additional cost by many people, as it means both less work and extra security.

All your utility companies need to be contacted a few weeks before you move to make sure that the services will be cut off on moving day.  You also want to make certain that the utilities in your new home will have been connected by the time you move in.  You will also need to inform banks, insurance companies and the post office of your change of address.