What to consider when planning a home move

Posted 8 August 2016 by Helen Christie

Moving house is something we all have to do at least once in our lives and it can be a stressful time...

Packing up all of your belongings and setting up a new home can be extremely stressful, there are so many things to think about and so much planning to do, it can be overwhelming.

To find out how to ease a bit of this stress, Storebox UK conducted a survey and asked 1,000 people what the most important things to think about are when moving house. Below are the top results as stated by the general public, and the things that people said should be planned first and foremost to avoid stress and panic when moving day rolls around.   

Location

The location of the new property peaked at number one in the results. Finding a home in the perfect location, with an attractive neighbourhood is one of the most important things to take into consideration when choosing a new place to settle down. There are of course other factors to take into consideration when choosing location, such as amenities, schools and jobs, but if you can find somewhere you really love, moving day will be more about the excitement than the stress of moving.

Budget

Number two on the list was your budget. You don’t want to be adding in money worries amongst all of the other aspects you are already stressing over. Staying in budget and giving yourself strict financial limits can really help to make things a little smoother and give you one less thing to worry about. Make sure your budget for your home also includes any repairs or renovations that may need doing and also any surprise bills like set up fees, for things like internet and television.

Packing

There are two types of people when it comes to packing, the pre-planner and the last minute packer. You don’t have to pack well in advance, but planning how you’re going to pack, which boxes you are going to use and how you are going to transport it all, will make moving day a lot smoother. Think about how you are going to pack fragile and valuable items, and think about if there is anything you can throw away. Decide if you are you going to pack by room, or if you're going to pack by the type of item? 

Furniture removal and storage

Moving the larger items of your home can be one of the biggest hassles, as you need to plan for transport in advance. Hiring removal vans can be tricky and it’s hard to get what you need at the last minute. It’s also worth thinking about whether you may need to put items into storage. Storage solutions like Storebox can help to keep your belongings safe whilst you sort out other areas of your home, for example if you need furniture out of the way temporarily for renovations or decorating.

Family and friends

Thinking about how your family and friends will react to the move is also an important factor to think about, especially if you have young children that may be affected by uprooting to a completely new area. Choosing a new home should be a family decision and making sure that all members are happy with the location and property should be one of first things to think about. Think about what kinds of childrens activities there are in the area, will your children be able to make new friends easily? If you don’t have children, are you as close as you’d like to be to key family members?

Preparing for anything in advance will ease any nerves or worries you may have and you’ll feel more capable to cope with any hiccups that may occur.   


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