Seven Things People Wish They Knew Before A House Move

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Seven Things People Wish They Knew Before A House Move

Moving can be a stressful time. Anyone who has packed up boxes to move to somewhere new has a war story to share. We’ve all heard tales of woe regarding sketchy transporters and broken or lost items. We’ve also heard the stress, the late nights and long days and the arguments which can strike all of us on moving day. So, what are the things people wish they knew before a house move? 

With that in mind, we reached out to the ecoloads community to find out what they wish they knew before embarking on a house move. Check out our top seven things people wish they knew before a house move to ensure that yours is smooth sailing and relatively stress-free!

Know what you are paying

Most home removalists are hard working and trustworthy service providers. However, as there are no specific qualifications or certifications required to become a home removalist, there becomes an opportunity for scammers and less than honest pricing to creep in. Try and avoid a company that will charge you a per hour rate and certainly ask for a capped total so you at least know the maximum you will pay. Better still, book your removal job through ecoloads and pay one fixed price removalist fee which is only released to the removalist once the job is complete and without issue.

Check your insurances

Don’t assume that your removalist has the level of cover required to protect your great grandma’s antique piano from getting scratched and broken. It’s a common misconception that removalists hold adequate insurances, but it’s up to you to ask for proof of what is covered and if your household insurance covers personal items when moving house. Any reputable removalist will either promote this as part of their offering, or be able to provide to you quickly and easily. 

Declutter beforehand

It will become apparent real quick the sheer volume of stuff you have when it comes to boxing up your items and bubble wrapping furniture. When preparing to pack these items, think about when you last used, or even glanced in their direction. If it’s been a year, bin it, donate it or sell it. The goal is to move only what you will need and use in your new place. Moving stuff from one home to just be dumped in the spare room or garage in another is a waste of time, energy and money!

Have an essentials box

Pack a large plastic lidded crate or even a suitcase with all the essentials you will need to get through the first night or two of the move. Your essentials box should contain:-

  • A change of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Phone and laptop chargers
  • A printed sheet of contact numbers and account numbers for your gas, electricity and internet. 
  • A kettle
  • PJ’s
  • Teabags, instant coffee, long-life milk, non-perishable snacks such as 2minute noodles, chips, microwave rice, cans of tuna.
  • A first aid kit
  • Bath towel
  • A torch and some scented candles
  • Blanket or throw
  • House and car keys

Having all these to hand means you can get through the first night in relative comfort without rifling through boxes in the dark looking for a towel or your Pyjamas.

Things people wish they knew before a house move

Don’t move with pets and kids!

Moving house is a stressful and sometimes emotional day. Kids and pets will quickly pick up on your stress and may also be confused as to what is going on. It can also be a health and safety risk to have kids and pets running around your feet while you are trying to move a Queen-size bed down the stairs, or a collection of moving boxes into the back of a van. Take away the pressure of having to supervise and care for your kids and your pets on moving day by shipping them off to a friend, or relative for a day. You can then focus on the job at hand and create a welcome, cosy, stress-free space for them when it’s time to set foot into their new home!

Think about how you load the van

Take a bit of time to think about what you will need to access first. Quite often it’s the bathroom and kitchen which get set up first in a new place, and these become the key living areas until boxes are unpacked in the rest of the house. Once you have a comfy bed, maybe a TV set up and a kettle and microwave, moving and unpacking the rest of your stuff becomes that little bit easier.

things people wish they knew before a house move

Things people wish they knew before a house move

You don’t need to remove clothes hangers

This is a great tip which will save you a lot of time! You don’t need to remove the hangers of all your clothes, only to rehang in your new wardrobe hours later. Keep your clothes on the hangers and slide a garbage bag over the top as protection. Tie a rubber band around the hooks to keep them all together and fold into a box. When it’s time to unpack, untie the rubber band hook onto your wardrobe rail and remove the garbage bag!

There you have it, seven things people wish they knew before a house move. You can now save yourself a little time, and a lot of stress by using a trusted removalist and using these tips.  Share your top tips for moving in the comments section or share your worst moving house nightmare!