Ways to Re­duce the Stress of Mov­ing House

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Mov­ing house? Don’t stress! Here’s how to do it with ease

Mov­ing from one house or flat to an­other is a stress­ful thing to do. To min­imise worry, plan well in ad­vance.

THREE WEEKS OR MORE BE­FORE YOU MOVE

■ If you’re mov­ing your­self, get boxes and be­gin pack­ing non-es­sen­tials such as books, pic­tures and or­na­ments. ■ Get at least three quotes for van hire. ■ If you’re us­ing a re­moval firm, have some firms come round to your house to quote for the job. Be sure to dis­cuss mat­ters such as park­ing prob­lems and items that will need spe­cial han­dling, such as a piano or aquar­ium.

A WEEK BE­FORE YOU MOVE

■ Whether you’re us­ing a re­moval firm or not, pack a box with pre­cious items – jew­ellery, heir­looms, or­na­ments – ready to take with you in your car. ■ If you’re mov­ing your­self, con­sider tak­ing out ex­tra in­sur­ance.

ON THE DAY

■ Get an early start: it al­ways takes longer than you think. ■ Make sure all boxes are la­belled. ■ Speak to the re­moval man in charge when he ar­rives and give in­struc­tions only to him. Keep the work­ers sup­plied with tea and bis­cuits. ■ Pack a small box of es­sen­tials, such as a ket­tle, cups, tea bags and toi­let pa­per, which you can ac­cess im­me­di­ately once you’ve moved. ■ Phone through all util­ity me­ter read­ings to the rel­e­vant com­pa­nies.

BE­FORE YOU LEAVE

■ Lock all doors and win­dows be­fore you hand over the keys. ■ Check you have done ev­ery­thing you agreed with the new oc­cu­pants. ■ Leave your new ad­dress, so that they can for­ward stray post.

Make sure that all boxes are la­belled clearly with their con­tents

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