Moving home is a challenge that will inevitably bring some stresses and strains, but there are some steps you can take to make the big day go as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to help you nail down those details that can make the difference between last minute panic and a painless experience.


1. Don’t leave packing to the last minute

Make sure that when the removal van arrives, you have all the packing in hand and ready to be loaded up. Trying to race around and pack in a rush could lead to lost or damaged belongings. Make sure things you need to access straight away, such as clothes, food, and toiletries, are clearly marked so you don’t have to rummage through every box.


2. Arrange for someone to look after pets

Pets may find the packing and moving process very unsettling, and they can also get in the way and become a distraction. It is less stressful all round if you can arrange for friends or family to look after them for a few days, until the upheaval is over.


3. Be realistic about storage

If you are moving to a property with less storage space, or your current home is cluttered and bursting at the seams, it is a good opportunity to have a thorough sort out. Make a pile of things that can be given to charity or recycled. If you really can’t bear to part with any belongings, consider hiring a storage unit so you can have a fresh start in your new house.


4. Keep valuable items with you

Take any valuable or important items, such as passports, financial documents and certificates, jewellery and laptops, with you in the car. This will give you peace of mind that you know where they are at all times.


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