It’s probably safe to say that moving home is not everybody’s idea of a good time, but thankfully, in the vast majority of cases, the end justifies the means. Research has found that the average Brit moves home between seven and eight times in their lives. That’s a lot of boxes to pack, a lot of removal vans to hire and much more than you’d like to spend on legal fees.
The good news is that at TFM Removals, we pride ourselves on making the move that little bit easier. Whether it’s our expert packing service, our temporary storage solutions or the friendly assistance of our team, we understand the difficulties and are on hand to help you every step of the way. So, let’s break down the different stages of the process, look at the stress points and see what can be done to alleviate the pain…
The initial decision to move
There comes a time in everybody’s life when their current home no longer meets their needs. Despite the initial stress, choosing to relocate for a new job, upsizing to accommodate a growing family, downsizing in older age or simply moving for a change of scenery and lifestyle are all positive changes in the long-run.
Focusing on the reasons for the move and looking forward to what you will be able to achieve in your new home, rather than concentrating on the move itself, can put a more positive spin on the whole process. Listing the benefits of the move and planning a housewarming party are both useful approaches to take.
The stress of buying and selling
One of the most stressful parts of the whole process is the purchase of your new home and the sale of your current property. Getting all of the paperwork together, endless calls to the solicitor, surveys and checks are all part of the fun, and that’s assuming you successfully negotiate a good price for the property in the first place.
The key is to set a strict budget and stick to it. When you see a property you like, don’t get too attached until the negotiations have begun. Once you have an offer accepted, make sure you ask for recommendations from family and friends so you can find a reputable conveyancer who will not drag their feet.
Packing and moving
Moving house is the perfect time to have a good clear out and make a fresh start. This is not the time for sentimentality, so be prepared to be ruthless when deciding which items to keep and what to throw. How you pack and using suitable packing materials is also extremely important.
Creating document boxes to keep everything in one place, sliding clothes on their hangers directly into bin bags and packing an essentials box full of basic items like baby food, chargers and toilet paper can help to make easy work of this arduous task.
Unpacking mountains of stuff
The good news is that you’re safely in your new home; the bad news is that now it’s time to unpack. It can take weeks to completely unpack and digging through boxes whenever you need something can fray the last few nerves you have.
The solution is to use a storage container for non-essential items so you can take the unpacking process one step at a time. Self-storage units can be accessed whenever you need them and are a great place to put large, non-essential items like lawnmowers, ladders and bikes etc. until you need them. This is also when comprehensive decluttering before the move will really pay off.
Get professional help
Nothing can take the stress out of moving quite like the assistance of a professional team who have been there and done it hundreds of times before.
At TFM Removals, we specialise in home removals in Essex, across the UK and even into Europe. Our fully trained, professional and friendly team can provide a furniture dismantling and assembly service and even pack your belongings on your behalf. Get a free quote or contact our team to find out more.