Our top 4 tips for a stress free move
Few tasks in life can be as stressful as moving house. There’s so much to consider that it can almost be hard to know where even to start. But don’t let that take the fun and excitement out of your move! As demanding and time-consuming as it can sometimes be, moving house is a fresh start, and that’s something to look forward to. Here at Intack Self Drive, we’ve put together a list of four tips to help you stay organised and take the edge off moving homes.
1. Lists, lists, lists
It’s easy to put off the little tasks that seem like they’ll take two minutes, but eventually, they’ll mount up into one mammoth task that’ll be mind-numbing (and not to mention stressful) to complete. It’s better to take care of things a little and often as your move day gets closer. So, lists will be your best friends when it comes to moving houses. There’s a lot of moving parts to keep track of. If you try to juggle every last detail without proper organisation, it’s significantly more likely that something will go wrong or you’ll forget something.
Here’s a few examples of the tasks you might want to put on these lists:
- Packing schedules - from what to keep to what you can pack early, all the way down to when you’re going to defrost the freezer and clear out the loft
- Informing your local council, doctor, work and home insurance company of your move
- Update your details at your bank or any building societies
- Updating your address on IDs and licenses
- Passing on your new address to family and friends
- Register with your new local doctor, dentist, optician and vet (if necessary)
2. Declutter your current house to make packing easier
Over time we all accumulate random bits and pieces that we don’t necessarily need to take with us when we move. Your new home is a fresh start, so use this time to get your home thoroughly decluttered, only keeping what you truly need and love. Donating, recycling, and just generally getting rid of these excess items before you start packing will make your life so much easier and stop the boxes from mounting up more than they need to (it'll also make unpacking again far less time-consuming). You could even hire a skip if you’re getting rid of more significant items like furniture that are no good to anyone (like an extra Christmas tree that’s been sitting unused in the loft for years).
3. Pack your things strategically
When moving home, it’s never too early to tackle the packing. If you’ve got items you know you can live without for a few weeks, save time by getting them boxed up. If you’ve made a packing schedule like we mentioned earlier, you’ll have a good idea of what you can put away early to make life more convenient.
When it comes time to pack up the majority of your items, do so room by room and number/label each box (you can also use coloured tape to seal the boxes) so you can keep track of exactly where everything is in transit, that way if you need to reach for something that’s packed away, you’ll be able to go straight to the box you need. There’s nothing worse than needing something small and having no idea where or when it got packed!
4. Hire a van to make the move in one fell sweep
Moving houses can be a costly endeavour, so doing as much DIY as you can will save you money you can use to help make your new house into a home. No one wants to be going back and forth between their prior house and their new house either, especially if you’re on a tight schedule or are moving far from your current location. That’s why at Intack Self Drive, we have the perfect solution!
In our vast fleet we’ve got a wide range of vans available to suit almost any requirement, including moving house. If you’re not moving very far and you only need a van for a few hours, our daily hire services will suit you perfectly. Similarly, if you’re going slightly further afield and keeping hold of the van for a few days suits you better, we can accommodate for that too with our Flex hire service. Whatever the distance, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to hire a van, move homes and then return it with no strings attached!
Here at Intack Self Drive, we have over 50 years of experience providing our customers with outstanding service and competitive prices. So if you’re moving home and you’re thinking about hiring a van, look no further! All of our rental vans come with the option to rent through daily hire, or our outstanding Flexi hire service, so wherever your intended destination, and however big the move, you can rest assured that we have the van for you. Ready to get started? You can browse the best hire deals right here on our site, or give us a call on 01254 57811!