Moving house is exciting, but it’s also incredibly daunting. To ensure that your move is stress-free and as smooth as possible, follow the tips below.
De-cluttering might not be the first item on your list, but it should be. There’s no point spending all that time packing things you no longer want and taking it to your new abode. Before you pack, go through your closets and cupboards and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. Whether it’s clothes, trinkets, toys, books, or electronics, create a donation or ‘throw away’ pile and get to work. This will make your move simpler, easier — and cheaper!
Create a Moving Folder
Moving home is an enormous undertaking. To ensure you’re on top of everything create a moving folder that contains new addresses, key people to contact, moving contracts, mortgage agreements, and so on. If you need to refer to anything during the move, you’ll have everything stored in your handy folder.
Write Out a Moving List
Along with your folder, you’ll also want to create a moving to-do list. Depending on the size of your home and how far you’re moving, there will undoubtedly be a million things to sort out. Creating a to-do list ahead of time will keep you organised, on time, and it will ensure you don’t leave anything out.
Be sure to include everything that has to do with your move, whether it’s where to donate old clothes or where you’ve left the extra screws for the bedroom furniture.
Make Colour-Coded Labels for Each Room
One way to stay organised while you’re packing is to create colour-coded labels for each room. This makes it easier on the other end as you and the movers will know where to put everything. Rather than write “middle office”, for example, you can create a legend that shows the colour code for each room. This prevents any stray boxes from ending up in the wrong place.
Store Items You Don’t Need
For those items that you want to keep but don’t want to bother with during the move, put them in storage. Places like Storage Oldham allow you to store your belongings securely and safely until you’re ready to retrieve them. This could even include bulky items like bikes, outdoor equipment, and furniture.
Book Moving Companies Early
Amidst the flurry of packing, it can be easy to forget to book the moving company. Remember that some of the best companies will book up quite fast so it’s best to reserve your spot as soon as you have a moving date. You’ll also want to do the same with any other contractors or professionals you need to hire as part of your move. Waiting too long could mean extra fees or not getting the person or company that you want.
Keep Essentials Separate
Last, but not least, make sure you have an overnight bag full of all your essentials. This includes a change of clothes and all your necessary toiletries. If you pack everything away, it could easily get lost, and you’ll be scrambling through boxes and luggage trying to find everything. Pack as if you’re going on an overnight trip – you’ll be grateful you did after a long day of moving and travelling.