So you’ve chosen a place to live – a flat, apartment or house in your perfect London location, and everything is ready to go. You’ve ordered a new sofa, bought some fairy lights and donated your stuffed toys to a charity shop. What next? The actual move itself, of course! Follow our tips to ensure your move is as smooth as can be, and that you’re settled in your new home as soon as can be.
Boxes, boxes, boxes – collect as many boxes as you can to pack up all your belongings. Make sure they’re sturdy enough to hold things like crockery and toiletries without breaking, and remember to label them with what’s inside so you’re not left searching for toothbrushes on the first night in your new place. As well as boxes and labels, make sure you have pens, tape, and bubble wrap or old newspapers to hand.
Lists (like this one) – these are one of the most helpful things you can have, even if you end up writing them over and over. Having lists of what you’ve packed, what you still need to buy, and what you want to get rid of is so valuable. It saves time when it comes to actually packing, shopping or chucking out, and it means nothing is forgotten.
Go slow – when it comes to packing, don’t rush it. Pack up one room at a time, making sure to stop and check your lists every once in a while. Check every nook, cranny, shelf, drawer and space for lost items, forgotten shoes and loose change. If you’ve decluttered before you start, packing shouldn’t be too time-consuming even if you do go slow – and speeding around throwing things in boxes will only lead to more stress in the long run!
Need-to-know – there are certain things you need to know before moving in, that will make or break how smooth your move is, and how the first night in your new home goes. Things like where the gas and electricity meters are, how to work the heating if it’s different to what you’re used to, and where the stopcock is all come under this category. There are also minor things you might want know for the future: do any of the surfaces (hard floors for example) need special cleaning products, and where did the bathroom tiles come from in case one needs replacing?
Survive moving day – you can make your own moving day survival kit, and it will almost definitely be a stress reliever. The kettle/tea bags/mugs, some biscuits, batteries for the random device that inevitably needs batteries, your phone charger and some bottles of water. It’s important to stay hydrated and energised while completing your move, as well as eliminating stress as much as you can! And don’t forget, you don’t have to do everything yourself: you can hire a man with a van to help things run that bit more smoothly.