Five things to avoid when moving home

The idea of moving home is enough to make many people stress out. But there are things you can do to make the experience less stressful by avoiding these five major mistakes.

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Forgetting to pack a survival kit

You’ll need plenty of cups of tea, and maybe something stronger, to help you survive on moving day. Make yourself a box full of essentials such as your toothbrush, toilet roll, tea bags and treats and keep it with you at all times, so you’ve always got something good to perk you up.

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Leaving everything to the last minute

The worry of what’s involved in moving house means many of us procrastinate and try to do everything at the last minute.

Packing done over the two or three weeks before moving day is far less panic-inducing than madly shoving things into boxes the night before you go. If you give yourself plenty of time to go through your things, you can choose which pieces you want to recycle or give to charity instead of taking them with you to your new home, so there will be less to unpack when you get to your new place.

Doing it yourself

Hiring a van and moving all your furniture and belongings with the help of your friends, family or neighbours can cost you more in grey hairs and broken stuff than it will save you in fees for a professional removal company.

Bristol removals company iMove, or other similar companies, will give you a free quote

Not marking what’s in your boxes

When you’re packing up it might seem like you can remember what’s in each box depending on its size and shape. But when you’re faced with a lorry load of boxes that all look pretty much the same you’ll forget what’s in each of them. So try colour coordinating labels on your boxes for each room they will be going in to.

Forgetting to organise things for your family

Like many soon to be parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are moving into a new home before their baby arrives.

Anyone who has kids already will need to make sure they have organised something for the children to do, ideally elsewhere, while moving day is happening so that they don’t become a hindrance to the process.

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