What an exciting time, not only are you moving house but moving to the cultural capital of the North East, Newcastle upon Tyne!
Newcastle is a busy and popular city attracting people from all over the country, and indeed the world, to work, study, shop and party with the nation’s friendliest residents. Yes, we’re aware we may be a little biased as we have strong family ties to the city, however there’s no denying that Newcastle is an amazing place to live.
Of course moving, especially to a new area, can be difficult and stressful. For that reason we’ve compiled a few tips to help you and your family have a great experience and settle into your new home.
Plan your move
Give yourself as much time as possible to make sure you’ve thought of everything. Not everything can be taken care of in advance, true, but a good tip is to keep a list so you can add things as you think of them. Having visibility of the things you need to do and dates you need to do them will greatly reduce the stress of your move.
It may help to think about some of the less logistical tasks such as organising utilities, final bills etc. which can be time consuming. Add a line to your list to take pictures of the meters before you leave, this can save a lot of money when the energy company makes a (honest?) mistake.
You can also pack a lot of things in advance. Starting maybe a month or so before your move you can begin moving some lesser used items toward their packing locations, this doesn’t just reduce the workload closer to the move it also gives you a chance to look objectively at your belongings while heads are uncluttered by creeping deadlines. Think about items such as clothes, you can probably pack the whole families winter wardrobe without them noticing, assuming you’re moving in the summer of course. And remember to stick a label or two on your boxes, or maybe different colourful markers, it’s a lot easier when you can see where things go at a glance.
Speaking of clutter; in almost every move there will be items that you simply no longer need. If you’re packing early you will have much more time to consider some of your belongings that may not have a place in your new home. Donating furniture, clothes, toys etc. can be a great way of lightening the load, and ultimately saving you money in the process.
This is also a good time to book a removals company if you haven’t already, you will need to book your moving date well in advance including paying deposits if required. You almost certainly will need a few quotes to make sure you’re getting a good deal so set aside some time for companies to carry out a survey. There are plenty of Newcastle removal companies to choose from, but of course we would prefer you called Turton’s first 😉
The last mile (so to speak)
In the last few days before your move you will almost certainly be feeling the pressure, if only because much of your life is currently inaccessible, taped neatly into boxes. However, a couple of things you do now will help greatly when you arrive at your new home in Newcastle.
Pack a small essentials kit for when you arrive. When all is done and the movers leave you will probably be excited and exhausted, the perfect time to sit for a moment with a cup of tea and a biscuit and plan your next move… But where’s the kettle? Okay so tea may not be your thing, but having a few essential items like a phone charger to hand amidst the chaos will brighten your moving day.