Moving can be one of the most stressful tasks you have to endeavour during your adult life. Whether you’re buying or renting, it feels like the whole process should be a lot easier than it is! Here at Store More we aim to make the process as smooth as possible, and we’re starting that with our top 10 steps…
Once your move is confirmed, dig out the black bin liners and start sorting for the tip – be ruthless! Set a date to do a car boot and set an evening aside to list any items on Gumtree you think you can get a little more money for. Consider ditching any clothes you haven’t worn in the last year and any items you haven’t used since the last move, you’ll be glad you did when there’s less to shift.
- Change of address
If you know you’re moving a few weeks or months in advance, take note of the mail you’re receiving and ensure you inform everyone and everywhere of your new address. If you’re super organised, you might be confident you’ve remembered all those important places but if not, it’s worth signing up for a mail redirection service, just for peace of mind.
- Be organised
Order your packing boxes, tape, and bubble wrap in advance from our Box Shop. Try to be smart and generous when you’re estimating the amount you’ll need – no one wants to be scrabbling around for wrapping, newspapers and extra boxes at the supermarket on moving day.
Pack up your rooms in order of least used to most used and label your boxes with room names and priorities – is it really essential to unpack your best glassware on moving day?
Pack a separate bag with all the essentials, such as toiletries and a change of clothes and keep it handy during the move. Also, pop some key items into a separate box so you can access them as soon as you’ve got into the new place, such as toilet roll, cleaning items, snacks, tea, coffee, kettle, mug, phone chargers, etc.
- Arrange storage
Whether you’ve got to move more than once or wait for other people in a chain, if you’re moving cities or just don’t have room in the new place for all your beloved items at once, don’t forget you can store your items with ease locally.
At Store More, we offer 50% off your personal storage for up to four weeks, which could be just the right time to help you get things sorted. We can also save you from making numerous trips in the car, squeezing everything in, with our new FREE van hire service.
- Order a food shop
Most supermarkets allow you to place an order for delivery at least a week in advance. Think ahead and schedule a food shop to arrive on the day after moving day, when you’ll be a little more settled and probably in need of some good hearty grub – if you’ve found the pans by this point that is!
- Arrange a sitter
As much as it can be an exciting time and potentially a milestone for your family, the novelty will soon rub off for the little ones. Arrange for them to stay with family or friends, likewise with any pets… it can be stressful for them settling into new surroundings, not to mention dangerous if they’re running about the place while you’re moving things plus, you don’t want them escaping through any open doors!
- Leave time for cleaning
No matter how many times you view a property before you move in, you’re probably not going to notice those tiny specs of dust left on the skirting boards or layers of grease on the kitchen cupboards. Take the time to give your new home a good old spring clean before piling everything in – this will most likely be the only time you’ll have the opportunity to clean the whole place without having to pull all of the furniture out.
If you’ve prioritised your boxes, unpacking should be a breeze. Build your bed(s) and make them up as a matter of priority when you’re in the new pad – you won’t want to face that after a long moving day or following the inevitable takeaway at the end of the day, when you just want to flop!
- Don’t rush and keep a level head
It may take you a day, a month or even six – but it’ll all get done eventually. Your health and wellbeing are important, so don’t let the move stress you out, give you anxiety or cause any arguments with your loved ones. Any move is a new chapter in your life, don’t let something (which may seem a big deal at the time) ruin the experience.
If you find yourself needing storing, whether it’s short or long-term, our two state-of-the-art storage facilities in Hull and Beverley offer convenient and safe solutions tailored to your individual needs.
We’ve made storing your items simple and easy. With free 24-hour access, we’re unique in that every single room at Store More is individually alarmed and can only be accessed by inputting your unique pin code. We also sell strong dedicated storage boxes so you can be even more organised.
A family-run, SSA approved business, we will match any cheaper quote and we’re offering your first four weeks storage half-price. Pop in to have a look around, drop us an email or give us a call.