Moving house is one of life’s most exciting events. On the downside, it is also one of the most stressful events that life will throw our way.
The logistics of moving home can seem overwhelming at times. But there is a lot that people can do to help make the whole process of moving home a lot easier and far less stressful.
At U Store It, we have been helping people to move home for decades. Our self-storage units are often used as a “buffer zone” that offers temporary storage to help ease the burden and smooth the logistics of the move. Whether you need to declutter as you prepare, or maybe you need a little extra time to get your new home ready, self-storage units are commonly used to help when moving home.
As part of our service, we have compiled a guide that can be used to create a comprehensive checklist to help you prepare for your move. We have also included a host of moving tips and advice to help smooth the process of moving home.
Two months before moving day – Packing & Organising
The packing process continues through the entire run-up to the move. At this stage of the process, there should be more organisation involved. You now have to begin to think about what items need to be left to the last moment and what you can live without.
For instance, freshly squeezed orange juice might be your Sunday morning treat. But, is the juicing machine that critical? Now is the time to become a little more circumspect about what needs to be packed.
Other things that need to be organised at this stage include:
Six weeks before moving day – Packing materials & utility companies
By now, the process should be well on its way. The removal company and storage are organised. Much of the less critical gear is packed and ready to go, and your paperwork is all in order.
Now is the time to start planning how to prepare and package your remaining furniture and belongings. Start by figuring out how much packaging material and boxes you will need. This doesn’t need to be precise, but just make sure you know where to get some in a hurry should you run out.
Tip – Create a proper labelling system. For instance, each box could be labelled with the room they are to go to, the contents, fragility, whether the box contains heavier materials, etc.
There are several things to consider when ordering packaging materials and packing boxes:
One month before moving day – More packing, organisation, and confirmation
Now is when things usually begin to get a little more frantic! However, by now, if you have followed the steps in the checklist, you should be well ahead of the game!
At this stage, there is the proverbial packing to do. At each stage of the packing process, the decisions become trickier. What will I not miss for a month? And what are the essentials that you can’t live without?
Create a list of what needs to be packed and what needs to be left. A good idea is to create a list that has a timescale on it with details like:
- What can be packed now/next week, etc
- What needs to be packed the day before
- What is to be packed right at the last minute
- What can be moved to your self-storage unit
How much does moving home cost?
This is difficult to quantify as there are many variables to consider. Each of these will have a bearing on the cost of moving home. Below is a list of factors that will affect the cost of the move, getting the right information for each of these will allow you to calculate the cost of your house move.
- The cost of the removal firm and any required insurance
- Van hire or travel costs
- Self-storage unit
- Professional cleaning (if needed)
- Any new furniture or white goods required for your new home
- Utility cancellation, transferring, or connection fees
- Packaging and boxes
These cover the main expenses of a house move, and knowing the cost of each will give you a “ballpark” figure of the costs.
Tip – Once you have the estimated costs of your move, you can set a realistic budget and stick to it. This can stop costs from spiralling and becoming overwhelming.
Who do I need to contact when I am moving home?
Making sure that you are aware of everyone that needs to be contacted is really important. Contact these in plenty of time to allow you to account for clumsy administrative processes (see number 3 – Six weeks before moving day for details)
Who you need to contact depends on individual circumstances, but the most common are all included in the following checklist: