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Friday, 14 September 2018

5 Ways to Make Moving House Easier

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As regular readers of The Writing Greyhound may have noticed, I was lucky enough to become a homeowner for the first time earlier this year. Throughout the buying process, my partner and I were labelled as relatively young and inexperienced buyers - something which definitely proved to be more of a hindrance than a help.

So, in an attempt to make the process more transparent, I'm aiming to do what I can to help others who may be in a similar situation. Here's the latest in my series of posts about buying a house, the obstacles we faced, and what we would do differently next time.

Compared to some of the elements of buying our house, the actual process of moving was relatively simple and pain-free. However, now we've done it once, it's easier to look back and reflect on things and consider what we would have done differently - hopefully, you'll be able to pick up some tips to help you out next time you are moving house!

Enlist the Help of a Removal Company

Although we moved on our own (with the help of our friends and family), I can definitely see the appeal of hiring a removal company. House removals can be a lot of hard work! If we move again in the future, I think I would seriously consider getting a removal company to help as we have already accumulated a lot more furniture and personal belongings than we had when we moved in! If you do choose to go with a professional, make sure to compare prices and services offered in order to ensure that the removal quotes you are given represent the best value for you.

Label Everything

It sounds simple and straightforward, but when you have an entire house packed up into boxes, bags and car boots, an efficient and organised labelling system can save hours of your time further down the line. Where possible, it's best to keep items from each room together, as these boxes can then go straight into the applicable room in the new house and should save you fishing around for that one thing you really need! Create a clear, concise labelling and organisational system that works for you and make sure your family and any helpers are aware of it.

Declutter as You Go

Although this could take more time than you have, I would definitely recommend trying to declutter as you pack. After all, if you are having to move and pack things up anyway, why not take the opportunity for a touch of spring cleaning? If you come across something you don't use or no longer want, put it aside in a clearly marked box. Whether it's clothes, toys, or kitchen accessories, you can then sell your unwanted items on or donate them to charity when you've finished packing up your home. New home, new start, right?

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

We simply wouldn't be where we are today without the selfless generosity and endless support of our close family and friends. On moving day, we had a dedicated team of helpers ready and willing to assist us through every stage of the process, from loading the hired van to putting together furniture and just general fetching and carrying. There's no shame in asking for help, so don't be afraid to reach out to the people around you when it's time to move.

...But Sometimes, Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Space

On the other hand, sometimes the old saying that 'too many cooks spoil the broth' turns out to be true. Moving day is a hectic whirlwind of activity, and when there are too many people rushing back and forth and trying to get involved with this, that and the other, things can get a little too much. If you need some space, don't be afraid to communicate your needs to your helpers. The chances are, they will be feeling the same way and will probably be grateful for a rest!

Although it is undoubtedly a lot of hard work, moving house needn't be such a daunting prospect. Hopefully, these tips should go some way towards helping your next move become that little bit easier!

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Do you have any moving tips to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. Fantastic post! This is great advice, particularly if you're not that used to moving house yet like some of us young people. Decluttering seems like a very sensible idea which would help to speed up the packing process - as well as help you get rid of things you don't need. And I think you're right about finding the balance between getting help and having your own space to think!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! Decluttering was definitely a massive help to us when we moved, I'd recommend it! x

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