Did you know that a poll conducted in the UK found that more than 60% of adults placed moving house at the top of the list of most stressful life events?
Almost two-thirds of participants rated moving home more stressful than divorce, starting a new job and going through a breakup. There’s no doubt that moving isn’t always plain sailing, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare.
If you prepare thoroughly and you’re not afraid to ask for help, you can eliminate the hassle and look forward to your new adventure. If you’re moving to Dubai or you’re already a resident, and you’re preparing to up sticks and relocate, this guide will come in handy.
There’s nothing more stressful than trying to do a million jobs at the last minute. If you’ve got a moving date in mind, start getting sorted as early as possible. If you’re moving to Dubai, start searching for a place to live and think about how you’re going to get your belongings from A to B.
If you’re already in Dubai and you’re moving to a different area, it’s never too early to think about packing or starting your search for a removals firm. The more items you can get ticked off your to-do list before the move, the better.
Researching removal firms
When you move house, you’re trusting a company with your valuables and sentimental items, so it’s always advisable to do your research before signing on the dotted line. Resist the temptation to do a quick Google search and hire the company at the top of the page. Make some calls, read reviews and testimonials and make sure that the firm is reputable and reliable.
If you have friends or family in Dubai or you’ve secured a job already, ask for recommendations. Dubai has an expat population of around 80% so don’t be afraid to ask questions or look for tips in online forums if you don’t know anybody.
Be wary of businesses that look great online, especially ones that don’t have a physical address. A lot of these companies have offers that appear too good to be true. Some reputable companies you could use are:
Quotes and Packages
Before you make a decision, it’s worth comparing quotes and packages. Think about the level of service you expect and what you want on the day. Do you want to pay more for packing and unpacking services, for example? Have you got valuable furniture?
If you are worried about expensive items, look for companies that have expertise in handling and transporting similar goods. If you’re looking to save money and you can be flexible with timings, try and schedule a weekday. Rates are likely to be lower than at weekends.
Time is a luxury many people can’t afford when moving house. It’s worth paying extra for packing if you’re pushed for time. It also helps make the process less stressful.
Here is a quick recap of 3 tips you can do to make moving less stressful
- Plan ahead, try and give yourself as much time as possible
- Hire a removals firm that has a proven track record and good reviews.
- Ask for recommendations from colleagues or friends.