What To Do After Your Move – Part 1

Posted on November 17, 2016 by wardthomas
What To Do After Your Move

You’ve arrived at your new home and it seems as if, finally, the hard part of moving is over. Gone is the uncertainty over which company you’ll choose to help you move, what date you’ll settle on for moving day, which items you’ll pack up and take with you and which you’ll leave behind via charity shops or auctioneers. Gone, too, is the sheer slog of getting it all ready, wading through mountains of tasks and liaising with different people to keep the show on the road. Now you’re in your new house and able come up for air and to take a deep breath. Then, quickly or slowly, an uneasy feeling descends. It may feel like a kind of disorientation. You’re in the post-relocation stage, and it’s a bit like the aftershocks that follow an earthquake. The best way to get through it is to make conscious efforts to acclimatise yourself, especially if you’ve changed not only homes but actual areas and therefore the streets or countryside around you are unfamiliar. Here are some suggestions to help you get beyond this somewhat unsettling phase of your move.

  1. Connect to your new neighbourhood by checking out local newspapers, community magazines, residents associations. Getting up to speed on what’s happening will help you feel less dislocated and focus your energies on the present.
  1. Join your local library and get library cards for everyone in your family. Not only are libraries good for books, they’re also community hubs where you can find out about events like writers’ groups, reading groups, authors’ promotional appearances and more.
  1. Set aside time for fully exploring your new home. After all, although you will have been on viewings before you moved, it’s still unknown territory. Snoop around, checking for signs of pre-existing damage. Get to know where things like the fuse boxes are located, along with the main water valve stop. Get a sense of whether or not your home needs a security upgrade and also if the front and back door locks comply with your contents insurance requirements.
  1. If you didn’t do it before your move, make sure you issue all the necessary change-of-address cards, as well as apprising all applicable companies of your new details. You may have set up mail-forwarding with the post office but it’s still better to get as much of your mail as possible sent directly to your new address rather than re-routed.
  1. Set up all the new professional services you’ll need – healthcare providers, dentists, vets and so on. Expand this list to include plumbers, handymen and electricians, so that you’re prepared if something goes wrong.

Moving Your Personal Documents

Posted on November 7, 2016 by wardthomas
Moving Your Documents

Part of the moving process it’s easy to postpone or even forget entirely is the gathering up and transporting of our documents. It’s a busy enough time as it is, with so much packing and planning to take care of. But it’s not all about clothes, furniture, books and gadgets. We also need to take a lifetime’s worth of document with us, some of them incredibly important. Not only do we need to bring them to our new home, we need to make sure that they’re protected during the moving process. No matter how wonderful our removals company might be, we should guard against things going wrong. The risk of our documents being either damaged or lost is something we should strive to diminish. Here are some thoughts and ideas for getting your documents ready for the move and safe both during and after it.
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How to Cope With Moving House At Christmas

Posted on October 14, 2016 by wardthomas
How to Cope With Moving House At Christmas

Perhaps it isn’t the time of year most people would willingly choose for moving house, but sometimes it’s just how the chips fall. As much as you might have preferred to move in a less chaotic part of the calendar, various circumstances can conspire to force you to do it in the midst of the annual festivities. With help and the right degree of foresight and planning, it needn’t be any more gruelling than a summer or spring move. In fact, with the right frame of mind, it could even be more fun and more cheerful than you’d dare anticipate. From our side of the experience, Christmas is a pretty busy time and there’s no shortage of clients who, for one reason or another, are relocating in the prime of December. Because we’ve seen it so many times, we’re aware of the heightened stress, impaired traffic and challenging weather that can beset a Christmas move and we know how to diminish the impact of all three. Here’s some guidance if you’re making a Christmas move.  Read more…