Moving house is certainly not the easiest thing in the world. After all, you are preparing to pack up your entire life and move it to a completely different place. It will be stressful, you will feel that, no matter how way ahead you started preparing for this, you will never get things done in time, and you will start questioning your decisions.
But, despite everything, moving into a new house is a beautiful journey. It’s a new chapter of your life, full of surprises and lifetime memories. This is why you should try to make it process as stress-free as possible. The following tips will help you prepare for the big move, all while saving time, energy, and, of course, money. So, without further ado, this is what you should do, to ensure you enjoy an easy move.
Declutter before packing
This is the number one thing most people forget to do before moving. You probably think you can declutter once you move everything into the new house and determine what you do and do not need. But why make things that much difficult and move a bunch of stuff you won’t need anymore?
Start decluttering at least a month before the moving day, to ensure each and every cupboard gets a serious purge. Take everything out, decide if you are going to need it or not, and separate everything into three piles: one for keeping, one for donating or selling, and one for tossing away. Discard everything that does not belong in the new house and make room for something new.
If you stumble upon things that can still be used, but you don’t want to keep anymore, consider donating them or even selling them to get a few extra bucks. This includes pieces of furniture as well. Even if you sell them for cheap, some extra money never killed nobody, plus you get them picked up from your house for free, so you have nothing to lose.
Be extra careful with valuables
I’m not only talking about jewelry and important documents but special mementos as well. Place them in separate boxes and consider sending them to someone you trust for a while until the moving process is over. The last thing you want to worry about in the middle of unpacking is where the bracelet your mom gave you for your 18th birthday may be.
If you can’t leave them with anybody, consider putting them in a bag and leaving the bag in the trunk of your car. This way, you know they are locked and safe until you are ready to find a place for them in the new house. Don’t forget to label the box as “fragile” and “important”, so it does not get mixed up with other boxes.
Make a checklist and check it twice
Write down everything you are planning to do in the following period, to keep track of the progress. This way, you will know for sure you won’t forget an important step and end up with half of your stuff still unpacked, and the moving guys knocking at your door.
Label your boxes and write down everything they contain. Try to be more specific with your labels, to make it easier for both you and the moving company. If you just label your precious dishes “kitchen”, you risk having them delivered in pieces, and it’s not the moving company’s fault that you forgot to mention the stuff inside the box is fragile.
The experts from Blue Whale Moving Company also advise sealing all your boxes, no matter what is inside them. The last thing anybody wants is for stuff to start flying around the moment the driver has to hit the brakes just a bit harder.
Pack a first-night bag separately
The first day you move, you will be having boxes scattered all over your new house, so finding things will be quite a pain. Pack a separate bag with your toiletries, a change of clothes and something to sleep in, as well as your electronics and chargers, for quick access. This way, you won’t have to go through all the boxes, just to find your phone charger and toothbrush.
What goes inside your overnight bag is up to you and your family’s needs, but usually, it should include:
- A change of clothes
- Clean towels
- Medicine if needed
- Phone, laptop, tablet and any other valuable electronics
- Chargers for your electronics
- Toilet paper
Leave kids and pets out of the process
I know that you can’t wait for the kids to run around the house, choose their bedrooms and help you unpack, but it may be better to leave them out of this for a while. They may seem excited at first, but I guarantee you that, in about two hours, they will be bored and ready to wreak havoc into the new house.
Better leave them with their grandparents for one or two days, until you get most of the things out of the way. You can leave their rooms for last, and have them help out if you want to, but it may not be such a good idea to have them around when you are moving boxes and assembling furniture. Not only will they get bored and start getting in your way, but they can also get injured while unsupervised. Same goes for pets, if you have any. Consider leaving them with a friend, or at a kettle.
Consider leaving it to the professionals
Sometimes, it’s better to just leave things to those who are more experienced than you. If you want a hassle-free move, consider contacting a moving company to help you out. Some companies provide full moving services, meaning they will also help you pack, clean the house for the new owners, and move your boxes into the new home. Sometimes few extra bucks to ensure everything goes as planned is a fair trade. This way you will be certain that everything gets from point A to point B in one piece.