When moving house, it is important that you plan ahead to ensure a smooth transition to your new property. This is especially important if you are relocating to a different area, a different country, or if you are downsizing. In all of these scenarios, you may choose to plan and execute the house move yourself, or you may choose to hire a company like Dutch Anchor to assist you when moving.
Planning is definitely key for any level of house move, but the bigger or more complex the move, the more essential the planning process is. When planning to move house, we always start with the bigger overall information and then narrow it down to the smaller details. This includes:
- Finding out your moving date – if possible, knowing this sooner rather than later is better. However, if you do not have the date but have all the other details for the move, then you can continue to plan.
- Decide if you are going to use a moving company – this may be a very straightforward decision for you or may take more consideration. We recommend that you know the answer to this consideration before making any further plans.
- Book your moving company – if you have decided to use a moving company to help you move house, it is best to book them early in the process. This will allow you to find out how much the moving company will cost and what their services will cover. You can then make plans for anything not covered by the company.
- Look into van hire – if you are not planning to hire a moving company, you should look at vehicle rental to move the items yourself. In both cases, you should ensure that you look at various companies in your local area to ensure you get the best costs.
Once you have planned the big details and know when and how you will be moving house, it is time to plan the lower, more detailed information. This will include the packing of each room, how and who will complete each task, and when it needs to be done by.
Making a list of your deadlines first will help you to prioritize tasks, so we advise setting strict deadlines. You should also ensure there is time between each deadline so that you are not rushing to get everything done on the same day.
Moving house is always an excellent time to declutter, especially if you are downsizing. We recommend that you work through your home room by room and checklist verhuizen that you need to keep all of the items in that room when moving. If you find that you are planning not to take a high volume of items with you, then hiring a dumpster can be helpful for large-scale removal. You can also arrange for companies or charities to come to your property to remove items you are donating, which will save you the time of taking the items to the charity or company directly.