Moving house is exciting but very time-consuming. There are so many aspects to consider when moving house. Packing all your possessions, cleaning, prepping the new house and more. Some of us have to manage our families as well as ourselves. You can never take the stress out of moving, but you can do a few things to make the process a lot easier.
Planning is essential. Don’t ever try to ‘wing it’. Start thinking about your schedule and what day is best to move. Ask around to see if you can get any help from friends or even some recommendations for movers. Always plan your mover’s weeks or months in advance. Planning will often save you lots of time, effort and even money.
Packing ahead is the best way to save time. If it’s summer, get all your winter clothing out of the way. Anything that isn’t used on a regular basis can also be packed. A second TV, sporting equipment, even some pots and pans that don’t get used a lot. With food, you can’t start packing spices, cans of foods and other items that can sit for a long time. Live off the bare essentials for the last few days or week.
You will need a lot of packing material. All types of furniture, even when it’s sturdy, can be damaged by the slightest move. This adds on extra time and effort to the moving process. If the most durable items can be damaged, that means extra care has to be taken with fragile items. Packing blankets, jack wrap, and cardboard boxes are all essential items for packing and transporting your items. With boxes, it’s best to over order, anything you don’t use can be returned.
Throw it away
You really don’t know how much stuff you have until you have to move it all. Now is the time to start throwing stuff away! Anything you don’t need, or not sure about, throw it away. You have to be ruthless with this process. You must consider everything, not just old clothes.
Try to make an inventory of all your possessions and decide which of them you still have a use for. Throw away, donate or recycle the rest. If there are items that are in excellent condition and you don’t want them at your new place, make some money and sell them. For anything you can’t get rid of yourself, call in the professionals from 1300RUBBISH.
Think about how many appliances you have and how many wires will have to be taken out and put back in. There is nothing worse than not knowing where things need to go. Labelling all your cords will save you so much time! You can use tags or put your wires in separate plastic bags that are marked by room or appliance. Make sure you are quickly able to tell where each set of cables go.
Clean (even if you don’t want to)
When you finally get to your new home, the last things you want to do is clean. However, there is no better time to clean than when the house is empty. So, pull out the cleaning supplies and get your new place spotless. The last time the previous owners cleaned was most likely when the house was being staged to sell. It’s understandable if you don’t want to clean just after you move, so maybe invest in some good cleaners.
Put in some extra effort and get your rugs and curtains cleaned professionally. It will make the world of difference. A new, empty place is exciting, like a fresh start. However, sometimes the place isn’t liveable straight away. Rugs and curtains immediately transform a home. Plan and take them to the cleaner early, this way they can go straight into your home. Typically, the rugs and curtains will be the first thing you want to put in the house, so you want them to be ready.
Moving day need to be as stress free as possible. If there is anything you can do to minimise stress, go for it. Remember, sometimes saving money on movers or cleaners can add lots of time and effort for you. Sometimes it’s best to just pay for a good service. Good luck!