Planning for moving day can be a long time in the making. However, unexpected moving day issues are far from uncommon. So, if faced with an unexpected issue while moving house, knowing exactly how to handle it can potentially save you time and money. To help, we have put together our moving day tips to ensure your day goes to plan.
A lack of boxes
Top of our moving day tips list and essential for sidestepping a whole host of issues is ensuring you have enough boxes to store belongings.
First things first, you will want to find some boxes, and luckily, there are plenty of places where you can easily pick some up for free or at an affordable price.
Supermarkets often have a surplus of cardboard boxes and are generally happy to give them away. Most online retailers can also provide an extensive range of packing box options specifically for moving houses.
When packing, always try to do so by room – the last thing you want is to be searching through every box at the end of a long day to find that one item. Likewise, keeping a box of essentials to easily find when you need them can be a big help.
Even on the best of days, the Great British weather can still be unpredictable, so preparing for all possible outcomes can help reduce the risk of moving day hiccups.
Keep an eye on the weather forecast leading up to your move and prepare accordingly. If the weather is looking particularly bad, speak with your movers about how best to manage the situation, including postponing to a later date.
If you decide to go ahead, keep weather relevant clothing, such as a raincoat or sun hat, close to hand.
Whether it is an old reliable bedframe or state of the art tv, transporting bulkier items can often be hard work.
First, just getting the item out of your property can be difficult, especially if navigating winding staircases or tight hallways. If possible, dismantle the item to allow for easier transportation. As for those possessions that cannot come apart, hiring professional movers to get the home out of your old house and into your new one is highly recommended.
Risk of Injury
Whether it is dropping a large wardrobe on your foot or pulling a muscle as you lift a heavy box, injuring yourself is certainly one moving day issue you will want to avoid.
To reduce the potential risk, take your time and only lift those items you know you can comfortably move, while for bulkier items, ask for help.
Another issue likely to throw all planning for moving day out the window is traffic. Getting caught in heavy traffic can result in the entire day’s plans being delayed, as well as costing more money.
Typically, aim to move on a weekday, rather than a weekend or national holiday, and outside of peak times, like rush hour, as traffic is less likely to be as busy during this period. It is also worth checking ahead to see whether any delays or roadworks are taking place along the route, as well as ensuring you have enough time to plan an alternative route if necessary.
Moving house can be incredibly difficult, but the experience for our four-legged friends can often be much worse.
If possible, keep pets at a friend or family member’s home during the move to ensure they are completely out of the way. Once you have arrived at your new home and unpacked most of your belongings, you can slowly introduce your pet to their new home.
Your new home
With everything going on at your old home, it’s easy to forget about your new one at the other end.
First, you will want to consider where your removal van or lorry will park and how easy it is to move your possessions from the vehicle into your new home.
Once at your new home, you will want to set aside a dedicated room for placing your belongings, as the last thing your removal team will want is to be navigating around different rooms.
Before the big day, you will also want to familiarise yourself with the key features of your new house, including where the fuse box is. And don’t forget, once in your new home, remember to change the locks – as you never know who might have had a set of keys previously.
Moving Day Hiccups: Final Thoughts
When it comes to the big move, the day is often full of opportunities for something to go wrong. However, with the help of our Typical Moving Day Hiccups & How to Avoid Them guide, we hope your plans can go off without a hitch.