It's no secret that moving house can be one of the most stressful events of our lifetime. If you heading to pastures new, moving out needn't be as traumatic as you may think.

You can minimise the stress of moving home with a little careful planning. Here's our guide to relocating the hassle-free way.

Plan When You're Going to Move

If you can avoid moving house on bank holidays or weekends, it's well worth taking a day or two off work.

Moving at these times can be more stressful, with more traffic on the roads and busy towns and cities. Unless you've booked well in advance, you may struggle to find a removals firm as they're often in high demand during holidays and over the weekend.

Get Organised Before You Move Out

Start preparing well before your move. Once you have your removal date, you can begin sorting through your things.

Throw out things that you never use - take them to charity shops or hold a jumble sale for your friends to earn some extra cash. If you suddenly rediscover your old guitar hiding behind the sofa, chances are you won't miss it. This decluttering process will make moving out so much less of a hassle.

Make a list of all the people and companies who need to know your new address. Begin contacting them by email or phone with your updated details and the date when you're moving house.

Make sure that you tell your doctor, dentist and optician, as well as your bank. And don't forget the council. Then ensure that non-essential organisations are informed too - you wouldn't want to lose your loyalty points or miss your mail order catalogue, would you? It's often worth getting all your mail redirected so that nothing goes astray.

If you have any valuables, check they're still covered by your contents insurance while you're moving. Often, your removals firm will also offer insurance. Check out the terms, just in case something happens while you're moving your possessions.

Make sure that all your personal or sensitive documents are in a safe place. If you're worried about them, check out storage options so they're safe during your move.

Moving Into Your New Home

Firstly, make sure that you've made solid arrangements to pick up the keys - the last thing you want is to be left on the pavement with no access to your new home.

Before you start moving your belongings in, give the place a good cleaning. If you can, get a professional cleaner to give your new home a spring clean from top to bottom a few days before you move in.

If you're doing it yourself, set a day aside to give your new home a spruce up. Try to enlist help from friends and family by offering incentives, such as a pizza afterwards. You can make it a fun day and catch up with your friends while you're working.

Decide whether you're going to use your removals firm to do the packing or whether you'd rather handle it yourself. If you do use a professional company, make sure that anything you pack yourself is still covered by any removals insurance you've taken out.

Make an inventory of your belongings. Give this to your removals firm, along with a layout of your new home so that everything can be put in its place quickly. And don't forget to give them access to the property.

If you're doing it all yourself, try to keep things in order as you move. Label your boxes and keep like with like, so that all your kitchenware is in once place and all your bathroom items and so on. The more organised you can be when you start moving out, the more organised it'll be when you reach your destination and start moving your things back in.

If you're moving into rented accommodation, do a quick check of the property to make sure there's no damage you'll end up having to stump up for. Take pictures and let your landlord know straight away so there's no confusion.

If you've bought a home, make sure that everything that was included in the sale is still there. If there's anything missing, contact your solicitor.

Moving House Checklist
  • Start decluttering well in advance
  • Notify people of your new address and moving out date.
  • Make an inventory of your main belongings.
  • Check your insurance policy or research insurance by your removals firm.
  • Pack a single bag or box with essentials for when you move in, like loo rolls, cups and a few sandwiches.
  • Cancel all deliveries and settle up your bills.
  • Defrost your old freezer a week before you move out.
  • Check for any damage or missing items from your new home.
  • Pack and unpack your things methodically. This makes life much easier and will help you settle in much quicker.

Contact Man and Van Exeter for help moving home. We deal with business and domestic removals throughout Devon and the UK as well as across Europe. Speak to the removals experts today on 01392 203865.