Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Lifestyle | Tips for a stress free house move.

If you're a regular reader of my posts you'll have been wondering why I've been slightly MIA on the blog scene recently, well surely the title of this post is going to give it away! That right, after years of saving Dan & I have finally been able to save up enough cash for a deposit on our own little home.
I'll probably be writing a variety of posts on the subject, such as tips and tricks for first time buyers, because honestly we had absolutely no idea what the house buying process would entail when we first started. It felt quite scary at first, but it's honestly not! 
Today however I'll be talking through a couple of steps you could take to ensure you have a (hopefully) stress free moving day.



Preparation! 
Okay, so this sounds ridiculously simple, but with us it really helped because neither of us have taken any time off work (this is a stupid idea btw) so obviously the more items we had prepared the better. Around three weeks before our move, I began packing up all the 'unnecessary' items, so this included wall hangings, light fittings, throws - Basically all the things used to make your house look homely, stuff you don't really need & can quite happily live a few weeks without. As the big day grew closer I kept adding to my collection, by this time the spare room was looking like a warehouse, but trying to get things organised really helped with moving. Another little tip is to make sure you label your boxes up, so when you do eventually move you can transfer the right boxes into the right rooms, it makes the process just so much easier.

Hire a van!
You'll be surprised how cheap it is to hire a removals van, we've always used Northgate, as we find their prices to be really reasonable & their website is really quick and easy to use. On this occasion we opted for a larger van, which meant it only took us four hours to get everything shifted because we didn't have to make too many trips. Obviously you can hire vans for a much longer period of time but we wanted to get everything moved as quickly as possible so opted for the shortest time period... Nothing like being under pressure to hurry the moving process up!

Move the bigger bits of furniture first! 
I know it's totally off putting, but moving the beds & sofas etc first is one of the best things you can do. Not only does it get them out the way, but it also makes moving the smaller items easier too. There'd be nothing worse than getting all your boxes into the new house & then having to shift them again to make room for larger furniture pieces.

Wear comfortable shoes! 
I wore Uggs one year for house moving and sadly this is going to be tmi, but I couldn't shake that sweaty feet smell for about a week, it was ridiculous. This time I wore my running trainers, which were an absolute dream - They're bouncy & made from breathable fabric so pretty much the perfect moving shoe! I'll never make the Ugg mistake again. 

Takeaway! 
It's an unwritten rule that you need to have a takeaway on your moving day & gosh you don't half deserve it... Lets be honest, you haven't unpacked the plates yet so really, it makes perfect sense for a little indulgence. We pigged out on a spicy chicken pizza & let me tel you, it was the best flipping pizza I've ever tasted. And after everything's unpacked & you've got your bits & bobs sorted, kick back & relax - Maybe even throw yourselves a super kick ass party! That's what we'll be doing on Saturday. Eeeep!!

I hope this has helped somewhat if you are moving house or thinking about moving in the not to distant future. In the last couple of years, we'll have moved house three times so I'd like to think I'm a pretty dab hand at the art now. It's safe to say this will be it now, for a good couple of years. We're hoping to do the house up a bit (after a really long chill out sesh of course) over the next few years, sell it on at a proffit & move somewhere hopefully even more perfect... That's the plan anyway!

Lots of love | Claireabella.x
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