The thing about moving to a new house house, is that it’s always going to be a big job. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving across the world or just a few streets along – there’s a lot to do before and during the move, and even more to think about. The only way that you can try and decrease your stress levels whilst in the moving game, is by planning everything well in advance. If you’re moving in the near future, or are even just considering doing so in the future and want to make it as easy as possible, here are some of the do’s and don’ts of moving house.

The Do’s

First off, it makes sense to start with what you SHOULD be doing when moving house:

Get a Quote Early. Getting your quote early is one of the most important things when it comes to organising the move – and it doesn’t matter whether you’re going through a quick sale company such as Ready Steady Sell, or you’ve opted for a traditional estate agent. Once you’ve gotten your quote, you can organize accordingly.

Pack in Advance. And if you have time – make a packing checklist. You’d be surprised at how much time and worry you’ll save by making a list of what to, and what not to take well in advance. The earlier you start organising your packing, the easier it’s going to be.

Protect Your Goods. One of the worst things that can happen during a move, is that belongings get smashed or damaged – especially your valuables. Eliminate this happening by preparing in advance. Try using plastic wrap to cover thing such as sofas and bedding, and be sure to use durable boxes. Likewise, bubble wrap any breakables such as crockery and ornaments.

Take Out Insurance. Even when you prepare in advance, accidents can still happen. This is why it’s important to take out full comprehensive insurance either through a specialist company, or the ones moving your things.

Think About Space. If you’re moving to or leaving either a complex, or a street with limited space – ensure there is room for the movers to actually get your stuff in. Chances are there are going to be lorries and vans and all sorts moving your belongings, so make your life easier by making their job easier, and let them know what to expect in advance. This way they can prepare accordingly.

Remember Snacks and Liquids. Moving is a long process which could end up taking the entire day, and even some of the night. This is why it’s always a good idea to have snacks like sandwiches, and a few bottles of water available to you at all times. No one likes to work on an empty stomach!

Relax and Destress. Try and make the day itself as stress-free as you can for yourself. So everything hasn’t been bang on schedule – so what? There’s a lot to think about, and a LOT to do, so cut yourself some slack! Nothing ever goes entirely to plan. As long as by the end of the day all of your stuff has been moved from A to B without damage or issue, you’re in a good position.

The Don’ts

And secondly, we’re going to take a look at what you SHOULDN’T be doing if you’re moving house:

Lift Heavy things Alone. Even if you work out and go to the gym regularly, trying to lift an entire sofa on your own with no proper technique is a recipe for a back injury. Ask for help, and use the hiring of movers like BR Moving to your advantage. You have enough to do once everything gets to point B.

Use Plastic on Wooden Furniture. On the journey, it’s likely to cause damage to the wood on its surface – especially if you’re travelling a longer distance.

Leave Valuables Lying Around. It goes without saying really, that leaving your valuable items lying around could result in them getting lost, or even going missing.

Pack Everything Away. Remember that you’re still likely to need stuff like a phone charger, a first aid kit and cleaning tools. You might even want to keep the kettle out too – coffee is a must for a long day.

Forget Anything. If you’ve made a checklist, this shouldn’t be an issue, however, never be hesitant to go back and check. Retrace your steps, walk through the house and make sure there’s nothing you’ve left behind that you’ll either want or need in the future. Remember that once you’ve left, it’s gone forever.