No matter how big or small your house removal is, having a list of a few home moving tips will make it all much easier for you as it’ll significantly help reduce the stress that comes along with it. Because we know this, we’ve put together a plethora of our best tips for moving house abroad in this article –lucky you! So, read on and prepare to find some moving bliss.
Our first moving house tip is to start planning the timeline of your move. A solid plan is the enemy of stress. Since there can be quite a few tasks to organise and several deadlines to meet, an overview will allow you to prioritise more time-sensitive tasks, such as organising a visa when moving abroad.
Additionally, another great tip for moving abroad is to start planning at least three months in advance since you never know how long the visa process will take as there can be a lot of, and we hate to say it, bureaucracy. Furthermore, you’ll likely need the time to find a job, your new accommodation and more.
A final tip when it comes to planning your move abroad is to research the customs of the country you’re moving to; certain items may be prohibited, and others may require more documentation. For example, it can be difficult to import a car to the USA or Canada, while Switzerland requires a thorough inventory of all imported goods.
Creating a List
As a fan of lists, our next moving home tip is to create an inventory of all the personal belongings you plan on bringing along with you! You might ponder as to why we recommend this, and there are two simple reasons. First, you can easily refer to your list of goods to create a detailed packing plan (which we’ll talk more about in a bit, so keep reading!).
Second, by taking stock of all the items you own you’ll be able to easily identify which items you no longer need or love. It can be sad to part with things that you’ve held for years, but the harsh moving house tip is that the less than useful items you may want to bring will only add on to the price of your move. Thus, make a list, check it twice, and part with the things you no longer find to be needed.
Find a Removal Company
While technically not a moving house tip, if you haven’t already found a removal company, we highly recommend that you do. Having an extra pair of hands will be such a relief that you honestly might consider it one of the best moving tips that you’ve ever heard so far.
To really make it a moving house tip, should you decide to hire a mover, be sure to ask upfront about additional services and costs. It’s important to clarify what you’ll be paying for and maybe they’ll offer an additional service that could be perfect for your move, such as all-inclusive packing that takes the stress out of it.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the right removal company for you. There’s the hassle of calling and requesting removal quotes from hundreds of companies to locate one that works within your budget and serves your route. That’s right, a removal company will only offer certain routes.
As a tangential moving house tip, we suggest that you make use of a service that will do the hard work for you and provide you with up to 5 removal quotes.
Pack Your Boxes, You’re Leaving
Now, it’s time for our top tips for packing to move house. We’ve already mentioned that you should create an action plan and inventory to prepare you for moving, so it’s time for us to explain a little further how to put them into action.
Inventory in Action
To begin with, we just want to lay down the idea that you should plan to start packing at least 1 month before your moving date. This is an essential tip for moving abroad as it’ll be much harder to pop back to your old house after you’ve left the country, so give yourself enough time to search all crooks and crannies of your old home to ensure you leave nothing behind. However, it’s not always possible to start packing so early, so the following moving house tips will also help.
If you compiled that list of your belongings, along with decluttering your house, it’s time to put that information to good use. That list will be extremely useful for planning and keeping track of what you’ve packed, which will be important if you need to find something and it turns out that you’ve already put it in a box!
Building on this, another moving home packing tip is to start with items that you won’t be using in the runup to your move. They don’t need to sit there collecting dust, pack them away! Be sure to leave the essentials until last and remember that while your goods are in transit, you might need some essentials, such as a change of clothes, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a kettle for a nice cup of tea. Thus, pack them separately in a bag that you can take with you.
5 Moving House Packing Tips
Just to ensure that packing goes smoothly if you decide to take up the mantle of this challenge, here are some expert house packing tips:
- Don’t overfill boxes – Often it can be tempting to fill boxes to the brim with similar items. However, it’s best that you don’t. The thought of lifting a box full of books almost breaks our back. Thus, you’ll need to consider the size of the box and the contents. A box full of books is a no-no unless it’s a small box, but a box with a base of books and cushions on top is good and easy to carry. #balance
- Label boxes clearly – This is a moving house tip that can never be stressed enough. You’ll likely see it mentioned everywhere, but it really is imperative that you label all your boxes, be it with colour, code, or a combination of words. It makes the moving process easier as you’ll know where to find your possessions easily, especially when unpacking. #label
- Think outside the box – We don’t mean that you reinvent the wheel (in this case, packing boxes), but that you can use unconventional materials, such as wrapping fragile items in your linens or towels. It’s a great way to condense the number of boxes you’ll need and it’s also greener than using certain packing materials. #novel
- Document your move – If you have a unique TV or PC setup, take pictures so you can replicate it without the need to remember it from memory. You should also document the conditions of your belongings before sending them overseas just in case they sustain damage. #proof
- Make it fun – This is arguable the most important moving house packing tip. While packing isn’t the most invigorating activity, you can make it fun by turning it into a game, but nothing that risks the integrity of your items, or just listen to some of your favourite songs and take the occasional dance break. #packingparty
Administration, Someone Needs to Do It
We’d like to start this section by reminding you to cancel all utilities to your soon-to-be old home. Most services can be cancelled with a notice period of less than a month but be sure to review the contract and see if there are any specifics you need to observe.
One thing that you may have realised is that you need to inform so many people and institutions that you’ve changed your address. There are some that you should certainly prioritise, this is your close family and friends as well as your bank. For the remaining few that slipped through the cracks of your memory, our moving house tip is to use the useful mail redirection service offered by the Royal Mail. That way you can rest assured that you won’t miss any mail from your grandmother or any mail about debts. The last one isn’t great, but better a bill than jail time!
Finally, we’ll close this section by mentioning that you’ll also need to inform the government about your move abroad, for various reasons. Many of these reasons have to do with taxes and fines, but also voting and benefits. For more information and a quick list, visit this government website. Honestly, it feels like a moving house tip just knowing about it.
Final Words of Advice
Our final moving house tip is to just take it in your stride. A move doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to get your belongings from your old house to your new home. So, if things don’t go according to plan, keep moving and adjust. Just don’t take your hands off the wheel. Otherwise, we hope you have a great move, and we’re sure the moving house tips we mentioned will help on your journey.