Is moving house one of life’s most stressful events?

Apr 20, 2023 | Moving

At the end of last year a survey was conducted about the most stressful life events you can go through.

As you’d expect, the list was topped with things such as losing a loved one, financial struggles, failing relationships, taking exams and battling work issues.

However, after those came ‘buying a house’.

Anyone who has been through the process will know it comes with more than its fair share of stresses, pain points and worrying. From securing a mortgage and gazumping to chains collapsing and surveys revealing problems – the level of stresses can vary, but for most people, there’s moments of anxiety. And that’s before you’ve even got anywhere near the physical removals part of the process.

But that’s why we’re here – to help make that last part as plain sailing as possible. With over 50 years of Yorkshire removals expertise, we have faced every possible kind of drama on move day – and helped our customers make the move safely regardless.

If you’re planning a move, we’ve pulled together our top 5 ‘must-dos’ (or don’ts) to keep the removals stress to a minimum.

  1. Always choose a BAR registered removals company. You are trusting this person or company with everything you own, on one of the most important days you’ll ever have. Don’t cut corners. We’ve had phone calls from people who have been let down on move day when a promised removal van just hasn’t arrived. That’s stress you can do without. BAR registered firms (British Association of Removers) come with extra peace of mind.
  2. Don’t leave the sorting out until the last minute. We can’t say this enough – start very early, unless you’ve paid for a packing service from your removal firm and they’re helping you do it. It will add to your stress levels a hundred times over if you’re still packing boxes whilst the new owners sit outside with their removal van, shooting you dirty looks. Begin decluttering as soon as you know you’re moving. We can help with safe and secure document disposal through our shredding service if needed.
  3. Have a fall back option. Sometimes moving dates don’t tie up. You might find out late on in the process that you need to move out of your old home before you can get the keys to your new one. Check if your removal company can offer secure storage for your belongings for the time needed. You can either use self storage, like our storage units, Leeds, or container storage – that’s when we pack up your items on to the removal van as we would with any move, but place things into containers within it. They are then sealed and stored at our secure storage depot until you need them delivering back to you.
  4. Plan ahead for children and pets. You may find it easier to ask someone to have your children and pets on move day. If that’s not possible, give some thought to how move day might work best. We often recommend having a room which is empty with a closed door, to keep pets safe and to ensure they don’t get stressed with all the activity that’s going on. You don’t want them dashing out of the front door as it’s likely to be open a lot of the time. Consider getting your pet microchipped if they’re not already as well – just in case they go missing at the new house.
  5. Be clear on where the things you’re going to need are. This means two things – firstly, label all your boxes well and have a clear plan of where each box needs to go in the new house. And secondly, keep a box of essentials with you in your own vehicle. That might contain medicines, toilet rolls, chargers, baby and pet equipment/food, some tools, light bulbs, handwash and so on. Anything you might need to have in the first couple of hours in the new home.

Looking for a stress free move? McCarthy’s can help. Click here for house removal quotes.



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