Moving house is an exciting experience, but it's definitely going to be stressful if you wait until the last minute to prepare. There's a lot of details to keep up with, and it can be hard to stay organized with so much going on, but fear not. All it requires is some simple planning and preparation to keep things in order and stress-free.
Use these helpful tips to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Pack Early
Try to avoid the need for last-minute arrangements when moving house. You should know your move date (even if it's just an estimate) well in advance, so use the time in the run-up to the move to sort out logistical arrangements, packing, admin, and utilities.
Create yourself a checklist of all the tasks that need doing, and check them off as you go. This will help you avoid unexpected or unplanned work later on in the process.
2. Measure Up
If you're traveling to a much bigger home, or don't have many bulky items to start with, you probably don't need to worry about measuring furniture/
But if you have any doubt, use the time before the big day to take some measurements and ensure that all of your current possessions will actually fit. This is particularly important if you are downsizing!
3. Save Packing Materials
As soon as the date is set, start saving old newspapers, delivery boxes, and any reusable packing materials from deliveries and purchases. Packing materials can add a lot to the cost of moving, so save some cash by collecting your own materials for packing fragile items.
4. Sell or Donate Unwanted Items
This is a great time to get rid of unwanted clutter, and it can make the moving process much easier when it comes to the big day!
Keep a box or basket handy when you pack each room, and place any items you no longer need in it. You can then decide whether to donate or sell these items. If you've got lots of items to ger rid of, consider a garage sale.
5. Hire a Moving Company
Even if you intend to do all the boxing and packing yourself, it's likely that you'll need a professional moving company for at least part of the process. Whether you need to move large furniture, van hire, or the full moving experience, you'll need extra hands.
Burnett's Moving Services recommends doing research early and get your moving company booked as soon as you know the move date. Search for local companies to find the best rates and local availability.
6. Create an ‘Essentials Bag'
Avoid panic on moving day by placing all of your essentials in one easy-to-access bag. This should include any documentation required for the move, as well as your wallet/purse and I.D. A water bottle, snacks, and toilet roll are also incredibly useful to have to hand when you first arrive in your new house.
Also, pack any items you need for the next day, such as clothes, toiletries, and phone chargers, so that you can function in your new home when it's full of moving boxes!
Last but not least, try to enjoy your moving day experience. Don't be afraid to ask for extra hands. Call a friend and take them out for a drink after – it will be worth it when you have several heavy boxes in your hands on moving day.
Use these tips to keep your move stress-free and organized, and before you know it, you'll be settled in your new home!