I can’t believe I’ve been in my new home now for a month! The time has just flown. We’re slowly getting straight but I’m impatient for it all to look more ‘lived in’ and can’t wait to start hanging pictures and buying new things.
The memory of moving day is starting to fade now but I do know that thanks to a great moving company it all went really smoothly and we escaped with one broken wine glass, which must be something of a miracle. So what can I tell you about making the whole process as stress free as possible?
- Have a good clearout as soon as you know you are moving. There are probably things in the loft that you’ve forgotten you even have and you don’t want to take unwanted items with you. Books, clothes, and bric-a-brac can be taken to the charity shop or even sold on eBay. Just think of all the new things you can buy with the proceeds!
- Order enough boxes. Estimating how many boxes you will need is not easy. I thought I was over-ordering to be on the safe side but I had to order even more after a few days. It wasn’t until after the move that I realised that the removals company will help you to estimate numbers of boxes and there’s even an online tool which can help you do this.
- Give yourself plenty of time for the packing up process. It took much more time than I estimated to get everything wrapped and into boxes. I’m such a control freak that I wanted to do this myself but you may prefer handing this job over to the professionals.
4. Label each box carefully. I had two labels on mine. The room it was destined for and a brief description of the contents. It made unpacking so much easier and we haven’t lost anything that I know of yet.
5. Get some competitive quotes from removal companies. Again you can do this online easily and these days you can even book online.
6. Transport the most fragile of things yourself. There were a few things that went into my car I must confess. Some things are just too precious to let out of your sight.
7. Leave some things to the last minute to pack. Plastic sacks for collecting any last pieces of rubbish. Cleaning things for that last sweep and mop and of course the tea making things and the kettle.
Those moving men drink lots of tea and coffee!
All photographs by Andrew Boyd.