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Downsizing: A Mover's Guide

There can be all sorts of reasons why you might be choosing to downsize from your current property. It could be that your children have moved out and you’ve found yourself rattling around a house that is larger than you actually need, maybe you’re moving to a more expensive area and simply can’t afford to stay in a house the size that you currently have. Whatever the reason for downsizing, it can feel very stressful trying to squeeze all your possessions into a smaller space and even get rid of some. It makes the moving process that little bit trickier when you’re low on space, but there are plenty of ways to combat this. Planning and OrganisationThere is nothing that your moving process can throw at you which can’t be tackled with some planning and organisation. With the right schedule in place and all the necessary research done, the whole process of moving house will seem so much easier. Make sure to do a checklist of everything you need to arrange, everything you need to pack and everything that will need to go into storage. Categorizing your belongings in this way is an excellent way to keep track of what you’re doing. The earlier you start this process the better. Hiring a Removals CompanyOne of the most important tasks to get started with is hiring removals services to aid in your removals process. Choosing the correct man and van service is vitally important and will ensure that your move is stress-free and efficient. Make sure you choose a service with a great local reputation and that has good reviews. Your movers will be able to disassemble furniture and load and unload the van to ensure the safety and security of your possessions leaving you with peace of mind in this area. PackingThe packing process when you’re moving somewhere smaller and you simply can’t take everything will be slightly harder but definitely not so difficult that you can’t manage! Again, with packing the key is organisation and careful planning, with this it will be so much easier. Make a plan of what you’re going to take and what you’re not and then you can begin putting your possessions into boxes and labelling them accordingly so that you’ll know what you’re carrying and what you’ll be unpacking! It’s always wise to invest in some bubble wrap and packing peanuts so that your more valuable and delicate belongings won’t become damaged in transit. StorageStorage is probably the most vital and important thing you need to plan when your move involves downsizing. It’s essential to get an estimation of exactly how much space you’ll need in a storage facility for all of your things. By doing this you won’t end up paying for space that you’re not using which is extremely important because the last thing you want to be doing when you’re undertaking something as expensive as a move is incurring unnecessary costs. You also need to decide on a location that’s best for you. It’s worth bearing in mind that although more central, city based storage facilities do tend to be more expensive, if you are planning to do several trips, once you’ve factored in time and petrol money they might be worth the cost. You should also ask for a cost breakdown so that you can check that you’re not paying for any services you don’t need and for an idea of the payment plans they offer so you can ensure you’re getting the absolute best deal for your individual needs.