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Essential Moving House Tips From Schepens
In recent polling, two thirds of people asked said that moving house caused them more anxiety than starting a new job, a divorce or the break down of a relationship. As a company with over 100 years’ experience of moving people, we see the stress first-hand, which is why we have pledged to create a stress-free removals experience for our customers.
Why Does Moving House Cause Such Stress?
In order to know how to reduce the stress of moving, it’s important to know exactly what it is about the process that raises anxiety levels. Nicky Lidbetter, CEO of Anxiety UK says: “Moving house represents a transition in life, it’s about change and unfamiliarity and for many people that causes stress and anxiety. Most of us like familiarity, routine and order. When you’re moving, you have none of those.”
Psychologist, Dr Sandi Mann from the University of Central Lancashire, suggests that problems kick in when we underestimate the task ahead, so she suggests putting aside dedicated time to plan, starting the process as early as possible, insuring that you continue to eat well and do relaxation exercises throughout, and that you accept all help without thinking it’s a sign of failure to do so.
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10 Moving House Tips From Schepens
Here are our top tips for reducing the stress of moving:
- Work With a Professional – a recent survey by Zoopla showed that on average people in the UK move every 23 years. Moving is something we do pretty rarely, which is why it makes sense to team up with a professional removals partner who has moves people daily. Schepens isn’t just there for moving day; we help you to create a moving plan and we create a bespoke package including the specific services you require.
- De-Clutter – moving is a great opportunity to let go of some of the extraneous ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated over the years. Work through every room in the house, removing anything you no longer use or like. The process of de-cluttering is considered an excellent way to reduce anxiety so it’s a good place to start. Charities will collect donations if you ask, so your house will start to empty and you’ll feel good about yourself.
- Packing – you may want to take on the responsibility of packing, and if you do, then we would recommend that you leave yourself plenty of time to do it. Alternatively you could let professional packers do the job for you; BAR trained teams work with professional packing materials, and they’re not emotionally attached which makes them quicker. This one competitively priced service could reduce your anxiety significantly.
- Label Your Boxes – There’s nothing worse than attempting to eat your cereals with your fingers in the first day in your new home, because you can’t find the box with the cutlery in. Detailed, readable labelling is one of the most important skills professional packers bring, because it save time for removals team – who don’t need to keep asking where you want things – and for movers who are able to unpack efficiently.
- Keep an Inventory – The weeks leading up to your move will inevitably be busier than usual which means that your memory won’t be as reliable as normal. Keeping an inventory of everything you’re taking with you to your new home allows you to stay on top of the move and quickly know if something’s gone missing, or whether it was an item that you didn’t bring. Professional packers will normally make an inventory for you.
- Change Your Address – A couple of weeks before you move it’s a good idea to change your address with your bank, utility companies, school, GP, dentist, council tax, DVLA, credit card providers, friends and the Royal Mail (to ensure that letters get forwarded to your new home) and your broadband provider. If you’re moving to a new area, it’s worth researching new services so it’s not a huge job when you’re in your new home.
- Create a Documents File – It’s worth keeping online copies of your household’s essential documents, as well as creating a hard-copy resource. This should include passports, driving licences, property documents, NHS documents, photos of your TV and electronic wiring set-up, and a list of essential numbers you’ll need in the weeks following the move.
- Manage Pets – Think about how you’ll manage any pets you’re taking with you on your moving day. It’s not just transporting them that can be an issue, it’s also keeping an eye on them when they’re in the new property with all the to-ing and fro-ing that goes on over the first 2 or 3 days. If your pets are nervous, or they love to explore, you may want to consider boarding them until your new home is ready for them.
- Pack for the Move – A great way to reduce stress in the immediate aftermath of the move is to pack an individual overnight bag for everyone containing everything they need for a good night’s sleep. It’s also worth creating a ‘lifesaver’ box containing: tea, coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits, phone chargers, scissors, marker pens, plug extensions, blutack and sellotape. Every household will have things to add to that list!
- Order a Food Delivery – Feeding hungry mouths over the first 24 hours after a move can be the MOST stressful element of a move. Ordering a take-out can be the best solution for the first night as it may be the case that you haven’t yet unpacked your kitchen. It can also be helpful to order a food delivery from your local supermarket, for the first morning in your new home.
Ongoing Moving House Tips From Schepens Removals Teams
At Schepens we pride ourselves on being able to provide accurate, detailed local knowledge for movers as part of our service. It may be that we can advise on the best time of day to move to avoid local traffic, or we may be able to sort out parking outside your new home for the removals van. The important thing is that every Schepens professional understands the importance of reducing anxiety for customers at every stage of the move.