Submitted by: John Schofield
Moving home soon? If this is your first time then you are probably having mixed feelings about it. That’s OK. It is perfectly normal to have second thoughts. Even those who are moving houses almost every year still have the ‘jitters’. Whilst it may be one of the most stressful tasks any person could ever deal with, it isn’t really as frightening as you think. If you stay organised and make sure you are fully prepared, this task can be a breeze.
Before anything else, know that the process can take a lot of your time, energy, and money. This can even be worse for those who do not plan and organise it properly. So, how does a person handle moving home exactly? How does he plan and organise?
First and foremost, it is important to have a checklist. It does not have to be anything complicated, just a simple list of things to do before, during, and after moving out. Ideally, you should start planning 6 weeks prior to the big day because this will give you enough time to get everything ready. Many things will happen unexpectedly and not all will go as planned, so be sure to be prepared for this as well. Having sufficient time to pack your stuff and take care of your administrative duties is very important. Doing this too late could be very stressful for anyone.
In packing your belongings, decide on whether or not to hire a removal firm. This can be a convenient option but it will cost money. If you have the budget, it is suggested that you go with a professional service just so you will not have to deal with the burden of moving on your own. Should you opt to hire one, set an appointment no later than 3 weeks before the move. Make sure the company is part of the British Association of Removers for your own protection. And you should make a list all your items before entrusting them to the removal firm so that you can make an inventory of it later on.
When packing, you will most likely find stuff you have forgotten about all these years. Check the things you and your family can still use and get rid of those that are no longer useful. You can hold a garage sale to get rid of junk items and earn money at the same time.
In addition to the tips provided above, before moving home you should also see to it that your bank is informed of your relocation. Your utility providers such as for energy and communication should also be given a heads up. You may need to cancel your account with them if they do not cover the area you are moving to. However, if they have services available in the new place you are transferring to then you will only need to request for new installation and a change of billing address.
Following the guidelines provided above can greatly help you avoid the headaches associated with moving home.
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