It’s house move time! If you are relocating to a new city or just moving in the same area, a house move can be exciting and stressful in equal parts. But don’t worry, Testa is here to help you.

Here are a few handy tips from us to help your move go smoothly. From planning and organising the move to actually moving and settling into your new home, these suggestions will help you stay positive and make your move an easier and more pleasurable experience. Prepare for a successful stress-free move!

Make a To Do List and plan well ahead

The key to a successful move is proper planning. Before you start, make a detailed list of tasks including everything you need to do from finding a removal company to redirecting your mail. Set realistic deadlines and break down tasks into different stages. This will help you be more organised and avoid any last-minute worries.

Get rid of what you don’t need

Moving house is a perfect time to get rid of anything you don’t need or that bugs you. Before getting the boxes out, sort through your belongings and classify them into three categories: to keep, to donate or sell, and to throw away. That way you’ll reduce what you’ll need to take and create space for new things in your new home.

Label and organise your boxes

As you pack up your home and put things in boxes, label each box with its contents and the room they belong in. This will make it easier when it comes to unpacking and will mean you can find things more quickly when you move into your new home.

Extra tip: why not use different coloured labels or stickers to make the chore more fun.

Use bedclothes and towels to protect any fragile objects

Rather than using extra packaging, use your own bedsheets and towels to protect any fragile items. Wrap up plates, glasses and cups in towels for example to protect them during the move. This will not only save you money on packaging but also mean you need fewer boxes.

Take photos of furniture and electrical appliances before disassembling them

If you have any items of furniture or electrical appliances that are hard to assemble, its worth taking a photo before you take them part. This will give you a visual guide when it comes to reassembling them properly in your new home. You can also keep any small parts or bolts in sealable plastic bags and attach them to the corresponding item of furniture or appliance. That way you won’t lose anything important and it’ll make life easier when it comes to putting them together again.

Prepare a kit of essential items

Make up a special box with any essential items you’ll need as soon as you move into your new home. Put in any bedclothes, personal hygiene products, basic kitchen utensils, chargers and anything else you’ll want straight away. Label the box as “essential” and make sure to have it close at hand during the move. That way you’ll never have to go through all the boxes to fine what you need as soon as you move in.

Stay positive

Moving house can be stressful but it’s important to stay positive throughout. Keep a good sense of humour and find ways to make the move more fun. You could put on lively music while you pack, create a “guess what’s in the box” game with your friends or even organise a competition to see who can pack the fastest. Remember this is an emotional milestone in your life and the stress of a move is short-lived.

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help. Arrange a fun moving day and ask your loved ones to help you pack, load and unload boxes or even transport furniture. You could pay them back with a meal or small party as a thank you at the end of the day – what better way to celebrate moving into your new Testa home.

A successful move doesn’t have to be boring and stressful. Follow these fun and effective tips to make the experience a little bit easier and more fun and get ready to enjoy your new Testa home to the max. Check out our website, contact us and together we’ll find you the perfect home to buy or rent.

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