Home is where the heart lies, even if you can’t remember which box you packed it in. Many people agree that moving houses is just as stressful as a divorce or a new job, if not more.
Moving usually signifies a valuable time of your life, such as transferring to a new city or starting a unique point in life. You are likely to be excited about moving to a new neighborhood and starting again on your own.
But the large number of things that you have accumulated over the years can be overwhelming, so here are a few pro-tips to help you move without losing your mind.
You will realize that there is a lot to be done before you start packing your boxes. So it is best to get started a few months before the move, so you are better prepared if something goes wrong.
This part will be the longest and hardest. You are going to get nostalgic over old photos and trinkets and waste a lot of time there. That’s why it’s best to start early.
There are many things that you want to keep but won’t need in the future, so why spend the extra money to move them. Recycle, sell, or just bid farewell to additional items, and you will thank yourself later on.
Measure Your New Place
You move to your new place and discover that your dresser doesn’t fit in the bedroom. To prevent this, get accurate measurements of the main rooms and the entrance doors to know what would fit through.
Make An Inventory
This is the essential thing that you will do before packing. Make your inventory room-wise and also list which items you will pack as a priority. This will make sure you leave nothing behind on the day of the move.
Start Packing Early
This is especially true if you have a lot to pack. Start with your least used rooms and items such as basements and storerooms, and save the kitchen and everyday items for last.
Ensure that you have all the materials needed for packings, such as boxes, newspapers, rope, and tape.
Arrange Your Utilities Early
It will be beneficial for you to set up utilities like council tax, gas, and home insurance before you move. This way, you will have less stress and more time to settle in once you arrive at your new home.
Label Those Boxes
It is best to label boxes in detail, including what is in the box and the room it belongs to; you can also categorize rooms using colored stickers. Label boxes with a priority number so that you know which should be unpacked first.
An example is food; toiletries, medicines, necessary kitchen supplies should be priority no.1, etc.
Pack Your Survival Kit
It’s your first day in the house, but you can’t find the toilet paper. Don’t let this nightmare happen. Pack medications, toilet paper, hand wash, box cutters, and tools for assembling furniture, phone chargers, and a change of clothes.
Carry this pack with you so you can use them right away.
Book Your Moving Company
Many people think family and friends’ help would be enough, but moving companies are more experienced, especially with delicate items. They are also more helpful if you plan on moving further away or have a lot of luggage.
Remember to book your company beforehand. Also, check and compare policies and prices to see which suits you best. Just remember to pack the underwear yourself to prevent potential embarrassment.
Update Your Address
Start changing your address with your workplace, insurers, doctor, and organizations like the bank so that you get your mail at your new place and avoid any information loss.
On the Day of the Move
This will be the most stressful day of your life, so start with a good breakfast and a large mug of coffee to keep you energized.
I don’t mean selfies to update on Instagram about your move. Take photos of electronic appliances and the wires so that you know which wire goes where.
This also applies to items that moving companies may damage to avoid an argument over insurance.
Have a Plan B
No matter how well prepared you are beforehand, something will go wrong, so have a few backups in place for such cases.
- Keep extra time in your schedule in case of delays.
- Keep extra cash in case of unplanned expenses.
- Keep a first aid kit handy.
- Keep written records of significant numbers and addresses like emergency contacts, your real estate agent, moving company.
- Book a hotel, especially if you plan to move a long distance.
The Kids & Pets Plan
It is best to keep them away to save yourself from fussing and irritation. Ask a friend or family member to take care of them for the day.
Keep Valuables With You
Important documents such as your passport, driving license, birth certificate, bank cards, money, jewelry, and paperwork related to the move should be kept with you or a family member in advance of the move.
Things To Do After Moving
I know, when does the work finish? But there are a few tasks to complete before settling in your new home.
Change The Locks
You don’t know who the ex-tenants gave spare keys to, so change locks as a safety precaution, especially if you are renting the house.
Set Up The Bed
After the tiring day of the move, you will most likely want to plop on the bed and sleep off the exhaustion, so be sure to set up a bed, albeit temporary, after you move in.
It is impossible to cook on the day of the move, so order your favorite takeout menu and enjoy your new house.
Unpack By Priority
If you have already previously labeled boxes according to priority. For the first day, only unpack priority no.1 boxes and unpack the rest slowly.
This is going to be a nightmare, especially if the previous tenants weren’t the hygienic type. Carpets make the situation worse. Luckily portable carpet cleaners can make life a little easier for you.
Please clean up your new house in advance of the move so you can start unpacking right away.
Remember to sort out any broken things or deposits with your landlord if you are renting. You will also have a lot of boxes by the end of this, so make sure you have a plan for them (recycle, sell or donate them to another desperate mover).
Planning out your move and being prepared goes a long way to ensure a smooth, disaster-free transition to your new house. Happy moving!