Moving day is not a day to tackle alone. If you have people to support you, then we heartily recommend you get them on board, as well as those professional services that can alleviate some of your burdens. It’s all about reducing your stresses because as we all know, moving day is STRESSFUL!
These are just some of the people you might want to call on for help.
1. A removal service
Now, if you are only traveling a short distance, you might not need a removal service at all. Why pay the expense when you might be able to do a few short trips yourself with your belongings? And assuming you have other people to help you, perhaps with wheels of their own, you can (possibly) manage without a professional service. However, if you are traveling across the country, we recommend hiring professional movers for long distance, as a) there is less danger of your goods being damaged in transit, and b) your friends and family might not want/have time to travel hundreds of miles with your stuff. A good removal service will also help you with all of the heavy lifting, so they are literally lightening your load on moving day.
2. A child minder
There is much to be done on moving day, and the last thing you need are your children getting underfoot. Especially if they are too young to actually help in any way, you do need somebody to help you take care of them. If you have a friend, family member or even a trusted neighbor willing to childmind, then grab them with open hands. They will keep your kids safe and entertained while you get on with the moving process. We have further advice here on handling a house move with kids in tow.
3. A pet sitter
Bubbles the goldfish will be no problem for you – he will happily swim around in his bowl while you’re up to your eyeballs in boxes – but cats and dogs are another matter altogether. The last thing you want is Pooch and Tiddles wandering out onto the streets and beyond when you’re to and fro with your boxes, and you don’t want to accidentally leave them behind when you finally set off to your new home, either. Therefore, we recommend relegating your four-legged friends to a neighbor for the day. As with your children, they won’t get under your feet this way (your pets not your neighbor), and they are less likely to come to any harm. Just remember to pick them up before you leave, especially if you are traveling long distance.
4. A cleaning crew
If you are leaving a rented property, then a cleaning crew is a must. To stand any hope of getting your deposit back, your house does need to be spic and span. But even if you’re leaving a house you own, you don’t want to leave it in a mess for the new owners. To cut down on the list of jobs you have to do, bring in a professional cleaning service if you can afford it, or ask your friends and family to lend a hand. You can always reward them with a cup of tea and a piece of cake afterwards as a thank you for their hard work (and then get them to pick them up their crumbs)!
So, don’t go it alone! If you can get the help, then do so. We aren’t saying your moving day stresses will melt away entirely, but other people will go some way towards reducing them. Just remember to call them ahead of time so they can mark you on their calendars!