Moving house, especially when you have children, is probably one of the most stressful things you can experience in life. There is just so much stuff you need to pack, need to change, people you need to contact, and forms you need to fill out. With so many things to do, it wouldn’t be surprising if something fell through the cracks and was forgotten. However, this can cause you even more stress in the long run, so to avoid this simply follow this short guide.
- Get Some Money Together
Even if I assume that you’ve paid for the house you’re moving into, there are still a lot of things that you need money for. Moving vans, packing materials, and boxes are just a few examples. You may even want to keep some extra money aside in case something important breaks during the move, or there’s another kind of emergency that you hadn’t planned for. If you haven’t got any spare cash hidden away somewhere, then you may want to consider borrowing from a friend or family member or applying for one of the many online personal loans available.
- Inform Others Of Your Address Change
The Post Office should be your first port of call, to ensure you don’t lose any important mail. You also need to inform your car and home insurance providers, your water, gas, and electric suppliers, your TV, broadband, home phone, and mobile phone provider, as well as your bank and any important government organizations. Write a list of as many people you can think of and start working through it a couple of weeks before you move.
- Start Packing Early
The later you leave packing, the more likely it is that you’re going to forget something, like the Christmas decorations in your loft or attic. Start packing non-essentials a few weeks before you are due to move in and ensure that they’re labelled, to make unpacking one hundred times easier. It makes a lot of sense to pack room by room, although that may not always be possible. If you have children, you may want to pack their room last, to make the move less strange and stressful for them.
- Pack Your Survival Box
Your survival box should be packed last, as it will include everything you will need as soon as you get to your new house. As well as scissors or a box cutter to get the unpacking underway, you will also need cleaning products, toilet paper, some mugs, plates, and cutlery, and milk, coffee, tea, and sugar to make a nice cuppa. If you have children, you’ll also want a box, or two packed full of things for them, like their favourite toys, books, or teddies, to keep them entertained until you can get their room properly set up.
This short list should make your life a million times easier when you move, so make sure you remember it. After all, moving house is a fun and exciting adventure, so try not to stress if you do happen to forget to pack milk in your survival box.