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Five top tips to ensure moving house remains hassle-free

Last year saw a 15% rise in the number of Brits looking to move house, but it’s no secret that the process has the potential to be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever go through – particularly if it’s your first experience of it. 

So, for those who may be heading into unchartered territory in moving house, Vlatka Lake, storage expert at Space Station, provides five top tips to help ensure it’s relatively hassle and pain-free.

Make a master list

Moving is a complex and often lengthy process. Packing, transport, contacting utility providers and giving notice to landlords are all things you’ll likely need to consider. And with so much on your mind, something is bound to slip your mind. 

Vlatka explains: “To keep yourself on track, make a master list of everything you need to do to complete your move successfully. We suggest breaking tasks into separate days or even weeks, starting from a month before your moving date. This will help you work around prior engagements and make room for new tasks that may come up.”

Pack efficiently

There are several techniques to make life easier for yourself, especially when packing items for your first home. Using the appropriate packing materials is one way do to that, so make sure you pack fragile items carefully and ensure they are well protected and use good sturdy boxes for all other items to ensure they won’t get damaged in transit. What’s more, making sure all boxes are clearly labelled will help ease this process when unboxing.

Vlakta adds: “Labelling clearly which items are fragile is incredibly important – you should avoid storing any delicate items at the bottom off or underneath heavy boxes. Also, consider whether you’ll need access to any specific items immediately before or after the move date, and place them somewhere they can be easily reached.”

Consider storage crates

Whilst on the subject of packing, why not consider storage crates? They are an eco-friendly alternative to boxes and carrier bags and are ideal for moving smaller household items. If you’re using storage crates, first you’ll need to consider how many you need, and then figure out what to put in them. Suitable items include books, kitchen supplies and electronics, so once your large furniture has been stored to one side, you can get a better idea of the quantity of items you need to move.

Vlatka explains: “Moving fragile or valuable belongings in storage crates is far more efficient than using boxes. Their sturdy material is not only protective of your items but minimises plastic and cardboard waste that would otherwise come from boxes, bags and tape to seal them. Rental services also mean no empty boxes floating around the house once your unpacked, as they get sent back to be re-used by someone else.”

Bringing in the experts

While you may be able to call on friends and family for help on the big day, getting the experts involved is a must - and that means getting in touch with a good, reliable removal service to help shift those heavy items. 

Vlatka says: “Removal services have the correct equipment and knowledge to safely move your belonging between properties, so make sure to book them in advance of the big day. Also consider storage units in case of delays during the move or if you need to move things in increments.”

Triple Check Everything

It is important to check and check again that everything is in order at every step of the way. Go over your items as you pack them up, move it into storage or a removal van and then again once you’ve moved in. This will ensure that, if chaos ensues, you’re well placed to avoid losing anything along the way. 

Vlatka Lake added: “Moving to your brand-new home can be one of the most exciting things in life. We know it can be also very tricky, especially if you have several items to store and you don’t know where to start. A few simple changes can really make a difference and by planning and following a simple plan can ensure a smooth transition into your first home.

“The moving process should be as stress free as possible and there are processes in place which will help ensure your move goes off without a hitch. Many families and couples leave the organisational part to the last minute, thinking that moving is just one way street, but that’s not the case.”

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