Whether you’ve got a new job that requires a relocation, or you’re moving out of your parent’s place to your own house, or maybe it’s just time for a change of scenery.
Whatever your reasons, moving house can be an exciting time for all involved. At the same time, it can take a lot of organisation and preparation to move all of your furniture and belongings to your new home.
There’s a lot to think about. Perhaps the most important question is whether you’re going to employ the services of your friends and family to help you move or whether you need to start researching some professional moving companies.
With a professional company, you have a few more rights should the worst happen.
So to make sure you don’t end up with damaged furniture or, if you do accidentally damage something, to make sure you have the necessary protection in place, here’s a simple checklist for you to follow when moving house.
Tips for Moving House
- Research moving companies.If you have decided to go with a moving company, be sure to check out a few different companies first before you make your decision. Not all companies are created equal and different companies can offer very different levels of service.
- Contact your insurance company.Many of us insure our household contents and we may even be thinking ahead enough to transfer the policy to our new home. However, often over-looked is insurance protection for when you’re travelling inbetween homes. If the truck carrying your furniture is in an accident and your furniture is damaged, who is liable for the cost of repairs of replacement? These are things that you should discuss with your moving company and also with your own insurance provider if necessary.
- Take the day off.It’s tempting to leave your furniture removal company to it. It would be great to leave your house for work and return to your new home with everything un-packed.However, it’s a good idea to book the whole day off work so that you can over-see the moving operation and assist where needed. Your movers may not be quite clear on which furniture goes into which room in your new house. It will be much easier to direct them while they are still working on the job rather than having to move bulky items after they have left.
- Enjoy the experience.Most of important of all is to enjoy your moving experience! It can be easy to get too involved with the moving project and to try and micro-manage your movers, but moving should be an exciting and enjoyable time for you and your family. If things start getting too stressful, take some time out and go for a coffee. Once the move is complete, be sure to celebrate with a bottle of bubbly.