What to consider before the big move

Everyone makes that big decision to move house at some point in their life – for instance when our existing house no longer meets our requirements, or for many, it’s a growing family that triggers the need to move home.

After you’ve gone out and found the house of your dreams, you’ll soon be counting down the days until you move in! As the countdown draws nearer and nearer, you need to start thinking about everything that needs to be considered for the big day!

Emotions and anxiety tend to be high on moving day; ensuring nothing is forgotten and keeping everything crossed to ensure everything goes smoothly. That’s just the moving day – however, don’t forget there’s the pre and post preparations too!

So to lighten your load, here are just a few things you might want to consider to help organise your move.

Start Packing Early

Packing early is vital – you don’t have to start packing everything up, just the non-essential items. This will save you from the last minute rush (at least somewhat), as well as reducing the stress when it comes to the big day.

If you’ve had any deliveries recently (which you’re bound to around Christmas time) – it might be worth saving all those boxes that you’ve had a delivery for, this will save you from having to go out and buy the boxes yourself and means you can start packing those non-essential item early!

Prepare the Kids

Moving can be confusing for little ones – so start preparing them. Make sure they know what’s happening – talk about the new house with them and reassure them that all their toys will be coming too. They’re bound to have a lot of questions, but as long as you try to answer them all before the big move, things should run smoother on the big day.

Don’t forget to tell the schools in advance too – the location of your new address or (if they’ve had to move school) telling the new school when your children are expected to start.

Don’t forget the Pets too!

Whatever you have – whether it’s dogs, cats or even guinea pigs! Just remember that moving to a new home can be stressful for them too. It will even be more stressful for you if you have them running around and getting under your feet during the move!

Get someone to look after your pet whether it’s just on the day of the move or for the first few days – this will give you time to get yourselves settled in to your new home before letting your pet loose in their new surroundings.

Get your Essentials Box Prepared

On moving day, it’s useful for everyone in your family to have an ‘essentials box’. This box only needs to be small but it’s one that you know where it is at all times – having one will just make the move a bit more bearable. Pack things like teabags, kettle, mugs and a radio – these are ideal for taking short breaks between moving from one house to the next!

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No matter how you get yourselves prepared, a big move is always going to be stressful! These tips are just a few ways that they can help things run a little smoother. So make sure you’re thinking things through before moving – in the end you will be grateful that you’ve thought things through and done your preparation.
Remember – making a big move like this can be scary, but with some sound preparation it can also be an exciting adventure for you and your family!


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