Top 10 Relocation Tips

The good news is that if you plan ahead, the potential for things to go wrong is significantly reduced…

1. Make A list

Simple as it sounds, a list ensures nothing is forgotten, however small the list starts it is guaranteed to grow! With your random moving thoughts logged when your brain perhaps reaches overload there is no need to panic

2. Dates

List the move date, school & work start date so you have the bones of your move mapped out

3. House Search

List your accommodation must haves – off road parking, bus route etc. this ensures you won’t get swept away by a picture postcard cottage….with no central heating

4. Schools

Consider location along with academic elements of a school.  Drop off and collection times don’t want to result in sitting in hours of stationary traffic

5. DeClutter Before Packing

Moving home is time consuming and it often seems easier to cart a box of useless items to your new house than it would be to sit down and take the time to sort it out. The problem with this mentality is that it perpetuates a cycle of hoarding.

6. Self-Drive v Removal Company

Comprehensive moving packages are now available so ensure you investigate fully the package that suits your needs best.  If hiring a van and rolling your own sleeves up, use a reputable company and chose the van size carefully, you have more possessions than you think!

7. Pets

Prepare an easily-accessible ‘overnight kit’ that has enough dog food, kitty litter, toys and grooming tools to sustain your pet and keep them comfortable during the first few days of unpacking.

8. Who To Tell

Gone are the laborious days where we sent new address letters to service providers, friends etc.  A simple email is now just a click away.  Ensure you prioritise however Doctors, Dentist, DVLA & Insurers should be amongst the first to be notified.

9. The Essential Moving Day Box

Kettle, teabags, milk and quick energy filled snacks are vital to keep going through what inevitably will be a long day!

10. Move Day

Just think about Bedtime…. it maybe early in the morning and you are packed full of energy, but as the day whizzes you will be glad that making your bed was the first completed job of the day.