It’s said to be one of the most stressful moments you can experience in life, and it’s true, moving houses can really take its toll on a person. When your moving date has finally been confirmed, there’ll be plenty of jobs to get started with. Never leave packing for a move until the last minute as the process will just become more stressful than it needs to be. Sit down with a ‘to-do list’ months in advance and create a plan of action and schedule to stick to; it’s the only way to get through the process without it completely falling apart.
Purchase Boxes and Bubble Wrap
You’ll soon realize you have many more belongings than you originally thought, and they’ll need to be transported in something sturdy and safe. Purchase plenty of boxes in all different shapes and sizes to accommodate the variety of household items. Bubble wrap is essential for keeping fragile items safe as there’s nothing worse than seeing a family heirloom shatter because it’s packed away carelessly or in a hurry.
Label Everything as You Go
It’s a wonderful idea to think you’ll unpack everything incredibly quickly at your new home, but unfortunately, that just won’t be the case, you’ll be completely exhausted from the hard work you’ve just endured, and unpacking will definitely be delayed until your energy has been restored. This is why it is imperative to label all your boxes as you go so you can access any necessary items easily at the other end.
A great piece of advice is to allocate one box for every room in your old house and only pack those everyday essentials inside; that way you’ll have everything you need for the first few days in your new home and won’t have to go routing through a mountain of cardboard to find what you need. Purchase a label maker that you can easily use and stick all the information you need onto the outside of the box. This will also help your moving team place the boxes in the correct room when you arrive at your new family home.
Booking a Moving Company
Even if you have the largest car and the strongest friends in the world, you’re probably not going to get very far without the help from a professional moving company, so make sure you book someone in advance. The company you choose will be able to help you move and transport your belongings safely and securely to your new property. Search for professionals in the area closest to you and ensure you discuss with them the number of items you need to move. Remember to get a quote for the work being carried out; they may work on an hourly rate basis but should be able to give you a rough estimation.
Start Packing as Soon as You Can
Don’t delay the packing process just because it’s still weeks away; there will be plenty of items you can store away in advance without it hindering your day-to-day life too much. You may even find this process therapeutic and clear out some unwanted items that have been cluttering up your home. Having the time to complete this methodically will be more useful than having to jam everything in without thinking if you decide to leave everything until the last minute. Start with a spare bedroom that is mainly used for storage or perhaps garden and garage items that are only used at certain times of the year. There will be plenty to do before the move really starts to happen.
Sort Out Your Utility Providers
Updating your utility providers can be a real headache at times, so try and complete this task before all the chaos begins. You can inform your current energy suppliers of your moving date and set a reminder to note down the meter readings before you leave. You’ll also want to make sure everything is set up at your new home to ensure everything is working from the day you arrive. Have the details of your new address to hand and use this time to shop around for the best deal.
Arrange Urgent Repair Work
It’s not very often you will move into a new property and have absolutely no work to do to it, even if it’s only redecorating the rooms in your own style. However, it’s key to ensure you arrange repairs for any urgent tasks which may affect your safety within the house and how comfortable you and your family are. For example, if you wish to mount your TV or fit new doors within the house, searching for a local handyman will make sure you find a professional who can complete these jobs to the highest standard.
With a schedule in place, your move should run without a hitch, and you’ll be able to enjoy the first few days in your new home in a positive way. When the mountain of cardboard boxes slowly starts to subside, you can begin to plan a more enjoyable event in the new place you call home. Invite family and friends over for an evening’s drinks soiree and don’t forget to include your new neighbors too.