At Aussie, we pride ourselves on making moving as free of stress as possible, although sometimes it’s hard when faced with the swathes of articles that describe moving house as a slog and an intolerable ordeal. Recently, though, researchers at the University of New Hampshire in the USA made some discoveries that cast a new light on the process. In the past, research into the effects of moving house always focussed on the downsides – the anxiety, the loneliness of being in a new environment, the loss of friendships, the negative impact on children’s wellbeing. And if you focus on the downsides of something, then you’ll always find evidence to back them up. What might that research have discovered had it focussed instead on the fun of making new friendships, exploring new areas, helping your children have new adventures and so on?
It’s always worth remembering that if you’ve got a cat (or cats), then the moving process won’t just be stressful for you; your little whiskered friends will also potentially be suffering. Cats are not known for embracing abrupt changes to their living environments and the first inkling they’ll get that something’s underfoot is on moving day itself, so they’re bound to be unsettled or even shocked since they’ve had less time than you to prepare. But there’s nothing to worry about because with a little forethought, you can mitigate the stress and upset caused to your furry feline companions and ensure that everyone gets settled in the new home in good time. Here’s how:
Could there be any better way for you, your friends and your family (both immediate and extended) to get acquainted with your new home than by playing a game of ‘hide-and-seek’ (or ‘hide-and-go-seek’ if you’re American)? In no time, all the corners, crannies, nooks, and wardrobes will have been explored without so much as a dim, dusty corner going un-inspected. Even the spaces beneath the beds will have been explored and admired and all the while you’ll be having festive fun as you take turns as either hunter or prey. This easy game never disappoints in the way that some of those drab and dreary car games, like I Spy, so often do. One chosen player closes their eyes while all the others find ingenious hiding places. A minute or two later, up goes the cry, “Ready or not, here I come!” and the game is afoot. Of course, there are variations – in some territories, each player joins in the hunting after he or she is found, in others only the chosen player does the seeking and each found player must remain in his/her hiding place and not join in after being discovered. However you play it, you’ll be able to brush up your hiding, tracking and observational skills in the course of each game.
When there’s a London house-move on the horizon, you’ll be faced by a number of decisions, some of them straightforward, others more challenging. There’s a lot to consider and a lot to do and, if attempted all at once, the tasks can leave you feeling snowed under. Far better to break the move down to its individual components and take them one at a time if possible. Fairly early on is a good time to decide what kind of help you need for getting from A to B along with all your belongings and your sanity. This generally boils down to a choice between a man with a van or a full removals service. Here is some guidance to help you work out which one is the right option for your move.
This service is exactly what the name suggests – one man, one van, no lorries, no teams of people at your disposal. It’s absolutely ideal if your move is small – for example, you’re moving from a one-bedroom London flat or a studio to another property of the same or similar size. You’ll be able to keep your costs down and should find that you also have the option of paying an hourly rate. You may be able to join in with the carrying and loading, which means you can shave even more time off the duration of the move. Some man and van establishments don’t come with additional services, so there may not be the option of having someone else do your packing and unpacking, although with Aussie, you can still avail yourself of all kinds of bolt-on services, including cleaning, the supply of packing materials and storage facilities.
This option generally gives you lorries rather than vans, plus a team of people, including project manager, packers, movers, drivers and more. If you’re moving between multi-storey London houses, it makes much more sense than using a man and van service, which would necessitate multiple trips between your old and new property, instead of just one. You’ll be able to get a full, fixed-price quote in advance so you won’t have to worry about the clock ticking or your move inadvertently taking longer because of bad traffic.
When you buy and/or sell property, what exactly are you getting when you hand over fees to your solicitor? It’s not always obvious. While you know exactly what you’re getting with, say, a man and van service, it may be less apparent just what a solicitor is doing for you. Sometimes, what with all the other demands on your time and your wallet, you can end up wondering why you even need to have one. What is the solicitor actually up to and how is it helping to usher along the moving-house process?
It’s not always the first thing we keep in mind when moving house, but it should definitely be confronted sooner or later; in this day and age, it’s important to move in an environmentally-conscientious manner. More and more of us are waking up to the importance of being friendly to the planet that we call home. After all, we look after our flats and houses, so why not the wider world around us? Being green while moving is no big deal – we can all do it by just keeping a few things in mind. Needless waste and preventable pollution are things all of us can avoid – it isn’t difficult or complicated. If you’re on the verge of a move, here are a few thoughts and ideas to help you keep things green and eco-friendly.
It’s impossible to move home by just chucking everything willy-nilly into bags and suitcases. Packing requires planning, forethought and care, without which you’ll pay in myriad ways. Aussie has a packing/unpacking service which has a stress-melting effect for our clients, leaving them free to carry on with their lives while we do the work, and we can also provide them with advice on all matters relating to their move. One of the most important things to get right is the packing up of fragile items – it’s truly devastating to get to the destination point and discover that precious and much-loved possessions are smashed, dinged, bent or broken. It’s all so avoidable. If you’re packing up your own belongings, then it’s worth brushing up on the appropriate knowledge before you get going. Here is some of the guidance that we give our clients.
Perhaps the last thing on your mind when you’re planning your move is what on earth you’ll do about the fish tank (and its precious inhabitants). There’s so much else to get on with that the complicated matter of moving pets ends up on the back-burner. Still, eventually it’s something you’ll have no option but to address, so here are some pointers and some guidance to make sure everything goes swimmingly.
Your move may be a little way off, but it’s never too soon to get organised and one of the aspects of moving that’s all too often overlooked is the need to apprise people of the imminent change of address. Here, we’ve drawn up a list of all the likely organisations and institutions who’ll need to stayed informed. Our advice is to sit down about a week before your moving day and work through the list methodically. Read more…