The Express reports that people are rating moving house as being more stressful than divorce. Shock! Horror! Can you survive the ordeal? Will ‘divorcing’ your old house leave your nerves in tatters? When it comes to moving house, there are ways that you can reduce the stress and make moving in London a considerably less nerve-wracking experience. We share the top tips from the man with the van.
Let us do most of it of you
We’ve seen it all. Moving house is something we do every day of the week – sometimes several times a day. Of course, the people we’re helping are the ones who are actually doing the moving – at least in theory, but our most chilled out customers are those who let us do the whole thing for them.
They pack up their most personal items themselves, and leave us to do the rest. We load up the boxed in no time, carefully wrap furniture and appliances so they can’t be scratched and generally do most of the work.
Have a plan
Arriving at the new house or flat our London movers have been directed to, we meet up with the family. “Where would you like us to put the dresser?” we ask. Now the relaxed folks are the ones who’ve already scoped the premises, and they know exactly where everything should go. But not everybody has given this sufficient thought in advance.
“How about putting it over there?” she says.
“Don’t be silly, it won’t fit there,” he replies.
She’s offended because she’s just been called “silly”, but she’s trying to stay positive: “Alright then, where do you think it should go?”
He indicates a spot, but she looks unimpressed. “If it’s there, we’ll be stubbing our toes on it each time we go through the door!”
You get the picture. Have a plan you’ve all agreed on before the furniture even gets loaded, and everything goes like a dream.
Start making arrangements weeks before the time
You’ll have enough to keep you busy as you settle in to your new home. Before you move, be sure to handle all the admin details like letting people know your address will be changing. We’ve made a list of the things everyone should do before a move. Check out our “Moving Checklist” post. It might not be the most entertaining thing you’ve ever read, but it’s very useful!
Moving in London isn’t easy – breathe!
Although we can make your London move a whole lot more chilled than you’d have expected, people are still suffering from a kind of PTSD at the thought of having to start over in a new space. Knowing why you’re feeling so unsettled is a good start to coping with the stress.
We’re used to our old space. Suddenly, we’re in a strange place we have to make our own. It’s not surprising that people find the process upsetting. Knowing this and preparing for the emotional backlash when it actually happens helps.
But we do understand. If you need a shoulder to cry on, there are plenty of these among your moving crew… Don’t worry. You’ll soon be king and queen of your new castle. Just take three deep breaths when you start feeling overwhelmed. It really does help!