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How to avoid house moving stress

We’ve all heard the one about ‘moving home’ being the most stressful thing you will ever do. It’s an odd concept that one of the most exciting times in our lives, one that brings all the possibilities of fresh starts and new beginnings, can also get us all stressed out.

Moving home shouldn’t be so stressful. Think about it for a moment. What makes the process stand on its own as possibly the most stressful thing you will ever do?

Simply put it’s being ‘organised.’ It’s a word that looms large in the moving process. It’s true that there are a number of different parties involved and timings might not always match up. But if everything else around the process is well organised, it can lessen the stress levels of all involved.

Putting all our years of experience to work we think these four key factors will help your sale go far smoother and get you moving far quicker.

Get an early start

Starting the moving process early in spring could mean being in your home before the new school year starts and during the drier summer months. Importantly, it will mean more potential buyers as the market gears up for the busiest time of year.

Get on top of the paperwork

We suggest making time to keep on top of the important paperwork that comes with moving home. Correspondence from solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers should be dealt with quickly. Keeping on top of things will help keep the momentum going with your sale and purchase. Delays with important responses could add weeks to the sale.

Arranging how you will move

Believe us when we tell you that a moving company can make all the difference to your move. Yes, it is possible to move on a budget, but a professional moving company can make help the process no end. Apart from taking the pain out of the heavy lifting, they come with bags of experience and are able to ensure everything arrives in one piece. Most offer packing services and that means you are more likely to find the kettle on arrival in your new home.

Remember though, that the summer is a busy time for removal businesses so securing their services and getting a date in their diary is a high priority on your ‘moving home’ do to list.

Get your home packed in easy steps

With the sale moving well, and as the big moving day looms large, it’s time to start to put your mind to packing up a lifetime of memories and belongings.

Getting organised to arrange sturdy boxes and packing tape early on is vital. Plan to start to get contents of storage rooms, garages, sheds, and loft spaces boxed up and ready to go. You certainly don’t want to have to do these spaces on top of the main rooms in your home. This early planning will pay off in the longer term.

However, if your moving company are going to do everything for you, make sure you create a box of moving essentials like medicines, spare clothes (especially for kids) and any important daily items you need quick access to.

Each box should be marked up clearly by room because you will not remember what’s in them later on. It will also make placing the boxes in the right place in your new home far easier for the movers. So, use a marker pen and coloured labels that help your movers identify quickly that yellow is the kitchen and red is the shed and so on.

When you embrace being ‘organised’, the entire moving process becomes more manageable and far less stressful. We even think it helps make the process more enjoyable.

With spring already underway it is not too late to get started. Get in touch and talk to one of our experienced team members who can help you get moving.

Good luck with your move!


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Emre OvacıkEmre Ovacık
08:38 01 Sep 23
Very responsive, informative and always kind people. We didn't have much time, but they helped us with creating some time in their agenda and squeezing us in. We rented our place just in time, thanks to them.
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12:21 22 Feb 23
Parkgate has been my agent of choice for a number of years now and has secured good tenants for my properties. They are hard working, respond in a timely manner and best of all are always friendly rather than aggressive or overbearing, which is the case with many of their competitors.
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15:01 02 Feb 23
Excellent service throughout.We rented a property that they manage for 4 years.Parkgate team is very professional and approachable. Way better than dealing with a big agency, they offer a more personal approach, always available and willing to solve any issues.From the tenancy agreement to handing the property back, it has been a real pleasure working with them.
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12:16 30 Aug 22
I have had an eight year relationship with Parkgate, in fact they originally sold my flat to me 12 years ago in Putney. Their service and professionalism is unrivalled. They managed the leasing of my flat from 2014 and assisted me to negotiate the successful sale just now in 2022. Chris has been there throughout with an open door and no request too trivial to assist. Klaudia negotiated my sale and worked with amazing tenacity throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend Parkgate to anyone in the Putney/Richmond area, they know their stuff.
Ali ChampkinsAli Champkins
10:16 31 Jan 22
We have had a wonderful experience with Parkgate and would highly recommend them. Chris was brilliant on the valuation - what we liked is he was totally honest about our chances of selling and gave us the positives and negatives about our property (such as facing a council estate!). Other agents tend to just gush over the good bits which is great, but actually not that helpful.The selling process was great - we were given good feedback from the viewings and got the price we wanted within about 8 weeks.We really have nothing but praise for Klaudia and Chris, it's been really enjoyable, easy and stress free and we will be recommending Parkgate to all our friends in the area and our building.***** Thank you! *****