Moving can be a difficult and stressful time; however, there are steps you can take to alleviate some of the difficulties. Here are six simple tips that can help to make your house move less stressful.

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1. Pack early

Houses can accumulate all kinds of belongings in all kinds of strange corners, so packing it all up will take time. There are obviously some things you need to keep out until the last moment, but start sorting through the attic or the garage as soon as you can.

2. Declutter

You will not have seen some of the things you find in your attic for years, so ask yourself whether you really need to keep them? Moving is an opportunity to clear away things you never use and make packing and storing that much easier.

3. Survival box

Conversely, you will need some of the things you pack almost as soon as you arrive at your new house. Have one box, preferably clear plastic, and make sure it is the first you unpack. You can include the kettle and everything else you will need for tea and coffee, alongside useful tools such as scissors.

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4. Use quality materials

If you don’t want your belongings to be damaged, you must pack them properly. This includes sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and labels and marker pens so that you can keep track of which box contains which items.

5. Label properly

It will be easier to unpack on arrival if you know exactly what is in each box and where it is supposed to go. Label each box both with its contents and its intended room. Colored stickers may be an easy way to code each box.

6. Hire professionals

It may seem cheaper to hire a van and borrow some friends, but professional movers can make a real difference. They can help to pack and make sure nothing is damaged. You may want to search locally; for example, Googling ‘man and van Slough’ will bring up companies such as Alternatively, the British Association of Removers has a search facility to help you find a registered removal company.

Follow these few tips when packing and you will find your move much easier and less stressful. You can then get on with the process of enjoying your new home.