Moving house is not a straightforward process, whether it’s across the country or just a few streets away. It requires careful planning and preparation to ensure that everything goes well. So, it’s important to be aware of the biggest mistakes that you should avoid when moving house, especially if it’s your first time. Even the smallest error can cost you a lot of money, time and stress. That’s why we’ve put together the 3 most common mistakes people make when moving house and how you can avoid them.
Not leaving enough time
Don’t leave it until the night before! From the moment you know that you’re going to be moving, that’s the best time to start going through your belongings. Start with rooms and items you don’t use on a daily basis like Christmas decorations or garden tools.
Tip: To avoid losing track of what you own, try to keep belongings visible in your home.
Not dealing with the decluttering before moving house
It’s such a shame to move from one part of your life into the next without taking the time to evaluate your previous belongings. Perhaps some of them aren’t aligned with the way you want the next chapter of your life to be.
Clearing out your wardrobe can be one of the most daunting tasks. Always start by pulling everything out and categorising like items into piles. Then with your first instinct decide whether you want to keep said item or not – don’t spend too much time on this. If you’re unsure of some items you can create a maybe pile, which you can revisit at the end. Keep in mind the size of your new wardrobe space and what it can accommodate without having to clutter up other areas of the home.
Tip: Things you haven’t used are great gifts, anything broken or expired are easy throwaways and clothes can be donated.
Not asking for help
This is the best time to recruit friends and family or to hire professionals – somebody who can take a little piece of that stress off of your plate. It should be exciting to move into a new space so having someone there to constantly reassure you really helps to alleviate some of that anxiety during the packing process.
Be sure to maximise the helping hands you have. Recruiters can help you pack up rooms that have already been decluttered. This gives you time to go through rooms of the house to declutter at your own pace. That way as you’re decluttering, you have packing helpers behind you!
Tip: You always need more boxes than you think you’re going to need! When packing it’s a good idea to pack things based on where they’re going to be placed in your new home. For instance, if you have an airing cupboard and all of your sheets and towels are going in there, you can pack them together.
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