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Stress-Busting Tips For Your Next House Move

After divorce and death, moving house is the most stressful thing you are likely to do in your life. You may have just sold your home in a flash but your heart might be in your boots right now as you start to think about all that you’ve got to do to move your whole life to a different location.

Stop! Take a deep breath and read on. This guide will help you to break down all the most important jobs into manageable pieces and should lead to you enjoying as stress-free a move as you’re ever likely to achieve.

Plan Ahead

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Plan ahead and the likelihood of things turning sour is greatly reduced. Make use of the pre-move breathing space to make lists and do your research. This will be well worth the effort later when you realise that you haven’t forgotten to tell anyone your new address and your moving day doesn’t leave you crying into your milk less and sugarless cup of tea (drunk out of a vase – the only receptacle item you could find at the time!).


Telling people you’re moving is one of the most tedious jobs you’ll have to do but also one of the most important. Make a comprehensive checklist to ensure you don’t miss anyone out. Short of time? Of course you are, you’re moving house. So, you could just print out a complete list from the likes of BBC Homes.


Get a minimum of three written quotations from reputable firms and ask friends and family for their recommendations (social media can also be a really useful tool here). Just remember to only use movers who are members of the National Guild of Removers and Storers (NGRS) or the British Association of Removers (BAR).

When assessing your quotes, don’t just presume that cheapest is the best. Look at the exact service on offer and find out as much as possible about the businesses themselves.

You should also think about getting your packing done professionally. This may seem like an extravagance but it could save you money in the long-run. It is often not that expensive and it should make sure that you’re covered by insurance if breakages happen.

Letting someone else take care of the packing will also remove a major source of frustration and leave you free to concentrate on other tasks. Now, that has got to be money well spent.

Another important thing to consider is whether your furniture can make it into your new home. If there’s likely to be size issues with doorways etc, check that your removal company is equipped to deal with the issue, whether that means dismantling items or finding another route into the property.

You should also think about getting cancellation protection to cover you if your moving date changes at short notice and colour-code boxes to ensure they make it into the right rooms straight away.

If you’re planning a DIY move, make sure you hire your van from a reputable company and check for any damage before you drive it away. If a man and a van is your preferred moving helper, try to go for people already used by friends and family and make sure that you choose someone who gives you more than just a mobile number and a PO box address.

Don’t forget about making sure that you have adequate insurance in place and that you have enough boxes for your move. Messages on social media can be a great way of sourcing boxes for free or there are companies that will effectively hire them out and collect them once you’re ensconced in your new home.

Declutter & Cleaning

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Moving is a great excuse to declutter and but it can seem like a daunting job. Decluttering will make sure you’re not paying to move items you don’t really need and can even make you a few pounds if you choose to sell unwanted items.

To lower the stress, take a room at a time, including the garage and loft. The same applies for cleaning. Break it down into manageable areas, and if you can’t face it, you can hire professionals to do the job for you. Yes, thankfully there really is a man or woman available for every job!

Fact files

Save lots of questions later by compiling a fact file of leaflets and how-to instructions for things like the heating system and include the stopcock location, alarm code and bin days. Ask for something similar for your new property.

Moving Day

Ask someone to look after your pets and children and make sure you have all keys. Statistics show that you are almost twice more likely to be burgled in the first year after moving house and so it can pay to have all the locks changed at your new home.

Make sure your movers understand your coding system for boxes and that they know where they can park their vans.

Once at your new property, set a deadline for unpacking all boxes. This could be three days or a week but this should spur you on and prevent you from falling over the same box of crockery for the next six months – or more!

This article was written by The Property Blog – A single platform for all things property.