Moving House: Some handy tips to keep in mind
Moving house can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t need to be. Careful planning and good organisation will ensure that your house move goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some ideas to help you on your way.
How much do you have to move?
This is the first thing you need to ask yourself. It’s easy to underestimate how much you will be taking with you. Most of us have a lot more “stuff” than we realise. The easiest way is to make a list of all the contents. There may be things you don’t want to take because they don’t fit in with your new home. You can make plans to get rid of them or arrange for storage while you decide what to do with them. Once you have finished, you should have a clearer idea of how much you are taking, which will help you to choose the best van for the job.
Get the best deal
Moving can be an expensive business. Hiring a van and driving it yourself is, of course, a great way to keep the cost down. Compare prices and go for one that offers value for money as well as a first-class service.
Update your Utilities
It can be easy to overlook but try not to leave it to the last minute. New arrangements need to be put in place to provide you with gas, electricity and broadband etc. Try to give your provider two weeks’ notice to ensure that everything is sorted out in plenty of time. It is not a good idea to give your moving day as the cut-off date. You might need to return for some reason or there could be a delay with the move. You don’t want to risk being stuck without electricity. An extra 48 hour should be enough to cover any unplanned return visits. Take final meter readings and also take an up to date reading when you arrive at your new home to avoid paying extra charges.
With everything now in place, the vans hired, and paperwork done, it is time to pack up your belongings. Following the suggestions below will make the job a lot easier.
- Choose the right packing materials. Boxes of various sizes, large and small, means that things can be carried safely in and out of the van.
- Take extra care of delicate items like glass and china. Use extra paper and packing materials like bubble wrap to keep them safe.
- Use fabrics like felt or polycotton padding to protect larger pieces of furniture from scrapes
- Many people find it easier to pack and then unpack room by room.
- Make sure everything is labelled properly to avoid stress at the other end.
It is a good idea to load white goods into the van first, then pack boxes around them. And remember items like washing machines and driers might need extra care when moving, so dig out the manufacturer’s instructions before you start.
With these tips in mind and your move should go smoothly. Please contact Get Cracking For Any Home Or Office Moves In Dublin.