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4 Essential Tips for Moving House Stress-free

By La Shell Reid Hoilett

4 Essential Tips for Moving House Stress-free

Okay, to be honest, moving house is never totally stress free. You need to sort, toss and pack. Change addresses, hire moving companies and transfer services. Can that all go totally free of hiccups? Probably not, but after having moved many times in my short lifetime (7 times within the last 8 years and 10 times overall), I can share some insight into how you can make moving house a manageable event.

Pack Early

Packing takes longer than you think. Underestimating how long it takes to pack all your belongings can bring forth massive frustration. Trust me, I’ve been there many times over. My parents moved house a few weekends ago and it took us a solid seven days to pack everything. Even on the moving day, there were still stray items that we had to just toss in a box to sort out later. Make sure to use bubble wrap or some sort of protective material for fragile items.

Label boxes by room and person

This makes life much easier. That way you can simply put your packed items in relevant rooms when unpacking and there’s no need to rummage around to find the likes of toothbrushes and socks.

Hire transport early

Where I am, we simply call up a guy/gal with a van or truck and tell them the date and time of the move and they give us a price. I know in other countries, people typically use moving companies, but either way, getting it done with time to spare will put your mind at ease.

Get help

As much as you can. This will decrease your workload immensely and get things done quicker. Unpacking is usually the most annoying part of moving house, so it’ll be great if you have family and friends that can help you. If you can find some friends to load your items unto the moving vehicle, that will save you some money as well as you usually pay more for loaders.

Other little things to note:

  • transfer services quickly to prevent discomfort in your new home.
  • Changing addresses take time so maybe you can request a reroute from the postal service in the mean time.
  • Get boxes from Supermarkets. they are usually free and abundant.
  • And finally, remember to stay calm as the process is a temporary one and soon comes to an end.

Do you have any tips you wish to share?

Thanks for stopping by!

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  Comments: 14

14 responses to “4 Essential Tips for Moving House Stress-free”

  1. Labeling boxes is key! I don’t always like to unpack everything at once so knowing what is in each box is most important to me!

  2. Great tips! Labeling is important and takes away alot of the stress. I would also recommend smaller boxes when moving books. I would put them in bigger boxes and they were too heavy after.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  3. Lorna says:

    The staying up late and having picnics on boxes makes the best memories. I do prefer when things are organised like you suggest, though.

  4. Love these tips! I’m *hoping* to be moving in the spring–fingers crossed! Labeling for me will be key and definitely packing early! I’m so thankful to have family with trucks to help the moving process so much easier!

  5. Lennae says:

    I’m about to move from Australia to New Zealand in January and omg there is so much to do! Thankfully I started to get organised a few months back. Thanks for sharing your tips, one I should really use is getting help!

    Lennae xxx
    http://www.lennaesworld.com

  6. Tara Mallick says:

    Also, packing a separate box full of items you need to use right away (bathroom, some kitchen, etc) is super helpful. Then you’re not digging through boxes for a bar of soap!

  7. Helen says:

    Moving is SO tough. These are fantastic tips for making moving day easier!

  8. Shell says:

    These are awesome tips to make moving easier… I love packing and setting up in a new place!!

  9. I had never moved house in my life; up until about 3 months ago, that is. My partner and I built our first home and I had no idea what to expect when moving. It’s a good thing that I’m a super organised person by nature ahaha. Sorting items by room and labelling boxes definitely saved my ass aha.
    This post definitely would have come in handy when I was moving aha – great tips! 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life.  xx

  10. Such good tips. I recently moved 13 hours away and it was so much better because I followed these tips! I might be moving again so I will save this post for later!

  11. I’ve lived in the same house my entire life so this is the kind of information I’ve never needed haha

  12. Jessica K says:

    This is something I have a such a strong feeling about since we just moved 5 months ago. My favorite tip is on labeling everything where they came from! That one saved us a TON. Also, buy packing boxes from Home Depot. That will be money will spent to save you the trouble of looking for containers.

    Thank you for sharing!!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

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