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Located in West London, and close to fashionable areas like Kensington and Notting Hill, Holland Park is a great place to move to. However, moving home can also be one of the most stressful experiences of our lives. In order to make the most of your new home from day one and make the most out of your new surroundings, it can be very beneficial to make sure you are as organised and prepared for your move as possible. Below are some useful tricks to make moving day go as smoothly as possible.

To do lists and moving schedule

Making a list is a great way to get organised. It can give you a good idea of what needs to be done, how much packing you will have, and some idea of time frame. It can also be useful to break your main list into a number of smaller, weekly to do lists, so you can set yourself a schedule and try to stay on track. It’s a good idea to do this as early as possible, well in advance of your relocation.

Organised and staggered packing

While you don’t want to start packing immediately, it’s certainly worth starting to prepare things that are rarely used, and get them packed and out the way. Anything that is not used frequently can be packed ready, and you can gradually increase the amount of things you pack as moving day approaches. This way you avoid a mad last minute rush. Finally, pack your most essential things last, as these will be the things you want to unpack first. Also, don’t forget to label boxes with both contents and what room they need to go in.

Sell old items

This is something else that can be done fairly early on in your schedule. Have a good clear out of any old or unwanted things that are cluttering the house. This will give you more storage space for any items you can pack early, but also provides an opportunity to sell off unwanted goods. You can use the funds raised to help with moving costs, so you’re not only saving time and space, but money too.

Set a budget

A large part of your budget will most likely be going on removal companies and other associated services, so make sure you are getting the services you want and are happy with what the company offers. Try to contact a few different companies and get some estimates. Normally, these are fairly accurate and will give you a good idea of what costs to expect, but try to keep a spare amount of the budget for any emergencies or unforeseen problems that might arise at the last minute. Don’t forget to check what services removal companies are charging you for, as you may not need a packing service etc, so you don’t want to be charged for something you won’t make use of.

Send out your forwarding address

Try to do this about a month before moving day, especially where phone and internet providers are concerned, as you can then have all your services up and running as you move in. It can be a good idea to make sure your bank and other important providers are aware of your details in advance too, as this will save any important mail getting lost in the post or delayed due to forwarding. Lastly, don’t forget to let your friends and family know your new address too.

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