Our Locations

You will find BlueBox strategically placed across Teesside, Durham and the North East. Choose the location closest to you below.

Darlington

Valley Street North, Darlington, DL1 1LF

South Shields

Temple Town, South Shields, NE33 5TB

Dalton

Cockleberry Sawmills, West Lane, Dalton, DL2 2PP

Middlesbrough

Dalton House, Brunel Road, Middlesbrough, TS6 6JA

Grangetown

Cleveland Self Storage, 2 South Tees Business Park, TS6 6UA

Stockton on Tees

Bluehouse Point Road, Stockton On Tees, TS18 2PJ

Darlington

Cleveland Street, Darlington, DL1 2NX

Swalwell

Longrigg Road, Swalwell, NE16 3AW

Durham

Bowburn North Industrial Estate, Bowburn, Durham, DH6 5PF

Moving Home During the Global Pandemic

Moving house is seen to be one of the most stressful milestones in a person’s life, however, in a global pandemic stress levels could be heightened. As you’re still allowed to move home during the pandemic, you’re told by the government to refrain from asking anyone outside of your household or support bubble to help you unless absolutely necessary. To keep you and your family safe during the uncertainty of these times you must take precautions to make sure your move is as safe as possible.

The coronavirus pandemic has layered everything when it comes to our way of living. The government are hoping to relax lockdown measures which should allow people the ability to view houses and go back to some sort of normality. The housing market has remained open during this national lockdown, meaning that you’re allowed to look for potential homes and continue with planned moves.

Hidden Problems to Consider When Moving

Although the government are allowing moves to go ahead all home viewing is online or using the correct personal protective equipment on some sites. People who’ve moved during lockdown have particularly found it hard to hire professionals such as floor fitters/ carpet fitters, painters and decorators, electricians, plumbers, landscapers, removal/moving companies, etc. overall the actual moving itself doesn’t seem to be the problem but hiring tradesmen to be able to move into your new home is proven quite difficult and can be very frustrating. For tips around reducing stress and anxiety during your move click here.

Even shopping for furniture and décor, things that would be a straightforward process are now much harder to gain. There are much more obstacles in your way now, but it doesn’t mean we need to put our lives on hold and people should be able to still move home during these times despite the difficulties in their way.

Legal Aspects of Moving home

Moving home means dealing with solicitors, banks and estate agents. The process of dealing with solicitors and estate agents is already a lengthy process so during this time it will But having national and local lockdowns means that these businesses have been opening and closing and not working to the usual capacity they would have had we not been going through a pandemic. This being said the process of gaining a mortgage and dealing with other employers to make sure this goes smoothly will be much harder to do and won’t be as available. The process is now much harder and taking a lot longer and with certain restrictions making it a lot more difficult.

Tips for Safely Packing up your home

It’s fair to say the majority of people don’t particularly enjoy packing. Even when it comes to packing your suitcase for a holiday that you can’t wait for. The actual process of packing can be quite challenging if not organised efficiently. Hopefully, these tips help make the mammoth task of packing a little bit easier for you.

Firstly start by wrapping all valuables in protective materials such as bubble wrap and strong tape, to refrain from any breakages. Perhaps consider portable wardrobe carriers for your clothes too.

Secondly, don’t close a box before adding a label. Labelled boxes ensure order and make unpacking a breeze. This is an easy way to maintain organisation and reduce stress levels when it comes to the big day.

Thirdly, declutter whilst you’re packing. Moving home is a perfect time to declutter and get rid of any unwanted household items. Perhaps try giving old goods to charity if they’re still good quality. Or even recycle anything that you’re able to do so. Find more detailed tips regarding decluttering here.

Lastly, use a professional packaging service, this is always an option allowing someone else to take care of the packaging for you. Overall reducing the possibility of leaving items behind. Also hiring a storage company to look after your household items until the moving day could really reduce stress due to moving.

Anxiety While Moving Home

Moving house stress can lead to a variety of mental health issues such as an increase in anxiety or depression. Research shows that “more than 1 in 6 people” will experience “a disabling anxiety disorder at some stage in their life” and moving house can help worsen these disorders.

The un-order and the uncertainty that surrounds a move can instigate underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety, OCD, and depression. Today we will be discussing how we can hopefully help you reduce the anxiety you’re dreading.

It’s not just a case of moving/changing your home and getting settled in the new one, you may be in a new area, you have to find new schools for your children, find a new GP and dentist. All of the above are potentially hard to juggle whilst moving. Although simple things like starting earlier than you perhaps needed to, making a list, or even just simply allowing people to help you.

Starting Early

Leaving such a big milestone to the last minute will most likely heighten your stress and anxiety. Start by packing and decluttering all of your belongings early. So when it comes to unpacking it’s a breeze. If not having enough storage space is a worry, now is the perfect time to arrange a storage solution for your move.

Making a List

A really effective, yet simple way to reduce anxiety whilst moving is to create a list. Lists allow you to physically see what you have left to gather/complete, putting your mind to rest. This maintains organisation and helps to prevent potential anxiety due to the lack of order.

Allowing People to Help

Firstly remember you are never alone, whether you are moving into your first home singularly or with your family of 10. Accepting help is not a weakness and is particularly important in times you need it most. Hiring professionals to assist with your life is also an option. The help will allow you to physically and mentally relax and perhaps even enjoy the house-moving experience.

Symptoms of Anxiety or Stress

A little amount of stress is a natural and human instinct, sometimes pushing us positively to be more productive. However, moving stress and anxiety if not acknowledged can be unhealthy. Here are a few symptoms to look out for:

-Lack of ability to relax

-Feeling overwhelmed

-Headaches/migraines

-Sudden spurts of anger Take a look here for more detailed descriptions of the above.

Along with relationship break-ups and the loss of a loved one, moving house is seen as one of life’s most stressful events. However, for others, it may seem like a breeze, whatever the truth of one’s personal experience, moving can undoubtedly be a time of great anxiety.

Moving house is already a stressful life event, never mind when you have to factor a global pandemic into the equation. But don’t worry it is not against current guidelines and you are still allowed to move house during the lockdown. But you must take precautions to make sure you do so as safely as possible. Not just for your sake but for your family, friends and the public too.

This means you should not ask anyone outside your household or support bubble to help you unless absolutely necessary. This can be another daunting experience for people who may need that extra support from their loved ones. 

We really hope this was helpful and put your mind at ease.

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