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The secret to having a stress free move is careful planning, listing of priorities and setting realistic goals of what needs to be done by when.

Many people start packing as soon as they know they are going to move, saving the most used items until last. Labelling boxes with what’s in them and which room they are for also reduces chaos and saves time when it comes to unloading and unpacking the other end.

Make sure you keep everyday items separate from the rest of your boxes and containers; that way you’ll have easy access to items such as toiletries, bed linen, medication, phones and chargers, clothes or anything else you might need immediately after moving in.

As well as packing, cleaning, updating contact details and home and car insurances, and setting up a forwarding address, here are a few more things to consider adding to your ‘to do’ list:

Use a Removal Company or DIY?

There are lots of removal or van-hire companies in Newcastle, but do your research; some may charge more over a set number of kilometres and check what transit insurance it has.

If your current and new property has the space, hiring a container may be an alternative. You can take your time packing it over several days before it is picked up and delivered to your new property. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to unpack the container before it is taken away from your new property.

Transit Insurance

No matter how well you pack, breakages do occur. If you want some sort of compensation should your very expensive vase arrive as a pile of shattered glass at the other end, consider taking out transit insurance.

Utilities

Have you spoken to your energy and internet providers? Moving house doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change providers; and don’t forget to disconnect your utilities when you leave your old property – you don’t want to be paying someone else’s bills as well as your own.

Temporary Storage

If you’re not moving into a new home immediately, using a temporary storage company can be an option in the interim period. As well as considering rates and length of lease, consider using one you can access at any time so you can retrieve any items you may need.

Pets

Check the local council rules and registrations for dogs and cats, and ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date. Moving can be stressful for pets – the RSPCA website has some good advice on transporting your pet and helping them settle in your new home.

Rubbish Removal

Now might be the time to get rid of some of the clutter and excess furniture we seem to accumulate over the years! Contact your council and see if it’s doing a hard rubbish collection. Consider giving away or selling excessive belongings; not only will you reduce clutter and possibly make a bit of extra cash, but you may reduce removal and/or storage fees.

Pace Yourself

Easier said than done, but plan the day of the move carefully and get as much help as you can. Depending on where you are moving to, you don’t want to be exhausted from the day’s removals, and facing a long drive after. You could consider moving your possessions, stay with friends/relations or in other accommodation, and travel the following day.

If you are considering selling your house and would like to know more about managing your move, our experienced team would love to help. Give us a call on 02 4954 8833 or pop into our office.