Two tips for a low-stress house move

Whilst moving to a new home can be challenging, there are things you can do to keep your stress levels low during this process. Read on to learn more:

Pack your belongings carefully

Discovering that your most valuable possessions have been broken during the house-moving process can be extremely frustrating and stressful. Fortunately, this problem can usually be avoided, simply by taking some extra precautions when packing up your belongings.

For example, if you own a lot of expensive crystal wine glasses, don't just wrap them in a few sheets of newspaper and pop them into a flimsy, single-walled cardboard box.

Instead, invest in a double-walled cardboard box that comes with dividers. The extra strong walls of the box will ensure that it doesn't get crushed when other boxes are stacked on top of it, whilst the dividers will stabilise the glasses housed inside it and thus prevent them from moving around and getting broken whilst they are in transit.

Similarly, if you need to transport a heavy, expensive piece of furniture which might be difficult for your removalists to carry (such as a large wardrobe, for example), it might be wise to invest in a moving 'dolly' (a metal platform with castors), as this will significantly reduce the chances of the item being dropped and damaged, or scraped against a wall as it is being transported out of your old home and into your new one.

Fill a box with some essentials and a few creature comforts

When you arrive at your new home, the last thing you'll want to do is begin to search through your unpacked boxes for those first-day necessities (such as a kettle or your phone charger, for example). By this point, you will almost certainly be physically and mentally exhausted, and the very idea of having to scour dozens of boxes for a few basic items is likely to send your stress levels soaring.

To prevent this from happening, consider filling up a box with essentials, as well as some creature comforts, to get you through the first night in your new home.

In addition to the above-mentioned items, you might want to include toilet roll, soap, paper plates and plastic cutlery and a few takeaway menus (in case you don't feel like cooking). In terms of creature comforts, you might want to include a bottle of wine, an e-tablet loaded up with your favourite films or television shows and perhaps some nice bath oils, so that you can take a relaxing soak in the tub before you go to bed.

Contact local removalists for more information and assistance.