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Moving into your new home can be exciting, stressful and overwhelming all at the same time. Whether you are moving into your first home as a first-time-buyer or you have regularly moved home, there are bound to be stress points along the way.

 

Our Property Law Team at Lamb Brooks are regularly speaking to homeowners at various points of their sale or purchase and have put together a few of their tips and ideas for how to make ‘moving day’ a little less stressful.

 

  • Start early. It will always take longer than you think!

 

  • Declutter before you pack. Spring is a perfect time for a clear out. Consider throwing away anything you haven’t worn or used for the last 18 months.

 

  • Work from the outside in. Start with your garage, shed or any outbuildings. Once you have de-cluttered or boxed up these areas you can use them for storing packed boxes.

 

  • Make lists and timetables. Making a list of rooms or things to pack up will help keep you organised and on track.

 

  • Don’t forget the loft. Don’t leave your Christmas tree and photographs for the next family who moves in! If you find items up in the loft that haven’t seen the light of day since you last moved consider if you still need to hang onto them.

 

  • De-clutter the wardrobe. Moving house is an ideal time to sort through your clothes. Donate, pass on or sell any items that you haven’t worn in the last year. We are often guilty of building up a large collection of shoes, bags, scarves and hats that can take up lots of space. Children grow out of clothes so fast so it is worth sorting out their wardrobe before moving too.

 

  • Pack room by room. It is far easier to unpack at the other end if boxes are packed up and labelled by room rather than mixed up. This will make life much easier for a moving company or anyone that you have got helping you on the day.

  • Don’t over pack. Keep boxes light, you don’t want items getting damaged or broken on the journey. Your back will thank you as well!

 

  • Protect your possessions. Use bubble wrap and newspaper for fragile items and label the boxes accordingly. Stretch wrap for furniture is also a good investment to avoid any knocks and scratches when transporting.

 

  • De-stress your dismantling. The joys of flat pack furniture is that they can be assembled and dissembled quite quickly. The downside is that they often come with lots of small, fiddly pieces. Place all the nuts, bolts, screws, caps and tools into a sandwich bag and tape it to the rest of the furniture pieces. Label it if possible so that you can put everything back together at the other end.

 

  • Organise your pets. If you have a pet it is important to make sure they are looked after on moving day. Animals can get quite distressed when changes are happening and they will also get in the way. If you do not have a friend, relative or neighbour who can look after your pet for the day then perhaps look at booking into a pet sitter or kennels.

 

  • Take Note! Take all your meter readings for gas, electric and water if needed. If the property is not being moved into immediately then you may want to turn off the water completely.

 

  • Pass it on. It’s nice to be nice – consider leaving a note of any useful information, e.g. handbooks or warranties for appliances, instructions on how to use the heating, names of your neighbours, bin collection days etc. If you have leftover tins of paint or tiles from decorating projects these can be useful to leave behind for any touch ups.

 

  • Re-direct your post. This is really useful so that you don’t miss out on any important mail after you move. Ensure that you update your providers and the authorities of your new address promptly.

 

  • Furniture first. Unpack your large furniture first whilst the house is empty, then move onto the smaller items and boxes. This is made easier if you load boxes into the moving van first and keep the heavy or large furniture at the end ready to unload first.

 

It is also a good idea to keep aside a box of ‘essential items’ that you may need during the chaos of moving or before you unpack all your boxes. You don’t want to be rummaging around for something in a panic! This box should travel with you on your first trip to the new house.

 

Items for your ‘Essentials Box’

Every family will have slightly different ideas of what is essential to them, but here are some ideas to get you started. Phone chargers, tea bags, kettle, small carton of milk, bottles of water or soft drinks, snacks, medication, inhalers, plasters, important documents / identification documents, allen keys, screwdriver, lightbulbs, pet food, pen and paper, money, contact details of your solicitors and estate agents, paper plates, mugs and spoons. If you have children – it is useful to pack a changing bag, change of clothes, dummies, calpol, some toys or books and a blanket.

 

The First Night in your New Home

You are in! It’s time to enjoy your new home. You are likely to still be surrounded in boxes, perhaps some of your new furniture hasn’t arrived yet and you still have plenty to sort out. But for now, relax and take a moment to rest after a day of being on your feet. Forget about cooking, your kitchen ware is all over the place and you don’t know how to set up the cooker! Order in a takeaway, use paper plates and drink from cans for your first night – refuel ready to go again the next day.

 

If you are moving house and would like a no-obligation estimate for the conveyancing services then please get in touch with our friendly Property Law Team on 01256 305516 or email enquiries@lambbrooks.com

 

 

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.   Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.