Have you just decided to relocate? You are probably feeling overwhelmed thinking about a myriad of things you will need to take care of. From packing your belongings to spending endless hours sorting out all the paperwork... Tired of just reading about these? We feel you. That’s why we prepared a few tips that will make your relocation smoother.

 

Find out if your employer will contribute to your moving expenses

If you’re moving to or within the UK for work, speak to your HR Manager. Your company may contribute up to £8,000 to your moving costs – everything they pay for will be tax-free. Your employer can subsidise expenses such as fees incurred by early termination of your renting contract, travel costs, moving your items and more. London is the 5th most expensive city to relocate to, so getting extra help from your company can make a big difference to your finances. You can read more about it here.    

 

Life Admin

Try to sort out the paperwork as soon as you can - it’s certainly the most time-consuming part of relocating. Take sorting out your current bills – not only will you spend hours on the phone with your water, electricity and internet providers (among many others), but also they normally require to give a few weeks or months of notice. Let’s be honest – life admin is mundane so getting it out of the way first will feel satisfying and save you plenty of stress.

 

Research your moving company well to avoid surprises

We’ve all heard stories about scams, lost boxes and broken valuables whilst moving. To avoid these, take your time to research your moving company. You should focus on:

  • Quotes: if a company came up with a much lower price on the service, watch out. It probably means that they cut the costs somewhere, most likely on insurance or salaries for drivers. Or, they are scammers that will disappear with your boxes. Not worth risking!
  • Payment terms: did the company of your choice ask you to pay upfront? It’s a red flag. Regardless of what they tell you, it is not a standard practice in the industry. They might run off with your boxes and money.
  • Reviews of the company: negative opinions are an obvious ‘no-no’, but if a company has no reviews at all, you should think twice and consider insuring the items that will be moved.
  • Insurance: You must know whether the company is insured and should ask for proof of that.
  • Extra services (packaging service and materials, dismantling and reassembling the furniture)

Extra tip: take pictures of everything that will be moved, so that if anything gets damaged or lost, you have a basis to complain.

 

Declutter whilst packing

However dreading it may seem, there is no better time for a purge. Downsizing is very satisfying (once you’ve done it) and you may even make money off it – not only if you sell your stuff but also you will pay less for moving the things you decide to keep. Below are some practical tips to declutter smart:

  • Start as soon as possible and do small bits and often – try to spend 15 minutes in the mornings and 30 minutes in the evenings to make this process less dull.  
  • Divide your items into 4 piles: keep, sell, donate and throw away. Be ruthless when sorting your things and really think about the actual use you’ve been getting of each thing.
  • Scan all the important documents to make sure you don’t lose them when you move. In most cases, only keeping digital copies of documents will be sufficient.
  • Donate dry and tinned foods you won’t eat to food banks or homeless shelters to avoid waste.

 

Build a new network

Coming to a new city may feel incredibly lonely if you’re by yourself, thousands of miles away from home, friends and family. The Internet can help a lot though. While social media is an obvious route to go, here are some more suggestions:

  • Websites such as MeetUp allow you to join groups that share interests, hobbies, nationalities or work in the same industries. These groups regularly arrange offline meetups.
  • Research the area you’re moving to and look up events that you can attend. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbourhood and make new connections.
  • If you like helping others, check out volunteering opportunities. Making friends whilst helping others? Sounds good to us.

 

Relocation can be stressful and exhausting at times so we hope that these few tips will be useful to you. If you have any other moving hacks, let us know!