Moving is one of the most stressful experiences, especially if your move needs to happen at short notice how do you cope?
For most moves you will have time to plan your move and can slowly undertake packing, starting with items that you do not use frequently. You also have time to create your moving notification lists for utility suppliers, doctors, opticians, vets, banks etc. When you don’t have the luxury of this time it can seem overwhelming and daunting.
Whatever the reason you need to move whether its for work, health or you have just been too busy to pack and time has disappeared, what do you do if your move is suddenly imminent? How do you organise everything in such a short space of time?
First, don’t panic, it is possible, and you can get things organised on time. Organisation is key here. Make a list of what you need to prioritise and what you can delegate, if possible, to your partner, family or friend. You may not have a lot of time, but spending some time searching for the right removal company will pay off in the end. Take a look at their reviews and services, ensure they are insured, are they a member of any professional bodies? Get in touch with them for a removal quote and explain your short timescale. You will not be their first customer to be moving at short notice and reputable moving companies will be more than able to help and understand your needs. Some companies will also be able to provide templates for moving checklists to help you organise utilities etc. and the things that may slip your mind when you are in a rush! They will be able to provide a wealth of advice and experience.
Then take time to assess your possessions and decide what you will keep and take with you and what you can get rid of. You could donate good quality unwanted items such as furniture, clothes, homeware, books or children’s toys to your chosen charity. At this point it is also a good idea to identify any items that you wish to move yourself, this could be because they are high value or for sentimental reasons.
If you are moving with children, where possible get them involved and helping, they can be a great help with packing, finding and fetching items. They can also help colour code and label the boxes to ensure everything goes into the correct room at the new property. For moving day provide some puzzles, books, a new toy or have a tablet/mobile so they can play games or watch a film.
Once you have chosen your removal company then is the time to decide if, given the short timescale you can pack yourself or will need their professional help packing. Most companies have a team of trained and experienced packers who can pack your house within a few hours. This not only saves you time and stress but means that everything is packed to a high standard which reduces any potential damages. You should also check with your removal company if there are any items that they can’t move such as chemicals or if you have items that a plumber, electrician etc will need to prepare for moving.
Most removal companies will also offer help with dismantling furniture and re-assembling at the new property. On moving day, ensure that you have a bag packed with essentials and have any personal possessions/valuables with you. The removal team will ensure that everything is packed into the van(s) on time and ready to go, leaving you to organise any last minute calls and check that the rooms are empty.
When moving at short notice a professional removal company can make your move so much easier and they will also ensure everything arrives at its destination safely.