If you are thinking of moving house, or are someone who is constantly changing your rental property, you probably already know that moving house can be a really frustrating, daunting and stressful experience. It is a major task but many people do not spend enough time preparing for the experience. To help you prepare for your moving day, we have put together some helpful guidelines to make the day a lot less stressful.
Here are some top tips for moving house:
- Plan your packing
Packing is one of the most important tasks to get right when moving home. Do it right and you will reap the rewards of a less stressful move. Packing up your boxes efficiently is the key to success. Avoid just throwing your things in any box that you can find space. Take your time and pack all your items neatly in the boxes according to themes. This will result in less wasted space on your removal van which could result in the use of a smaller vehicle and maybe less man hours.
- Get organized
Make sure you allow enough time before your move and start packing up as early as possible, preferably weeks in advance. Try not to leave things to the last minute. Items you don’t need to use everyday such as towels, sports equipment and documents can be packed way ahead of time. If you know you are someone who is disorganized and can’t envision dedicating time to the process, you may wish to think about contracting a professional packing company to help you. They will do your packing in half the time and some services even help you sort out junk.
- Decide what are the essential items
Everyday items such as toiletries, blankets, pillows, medication, phones and chargers, clothes or anything else you might need immediately after moving house in should be kept separate from the rest of your belongings. These should be packed in boxes which should be marked so they can be easily identified. The use of coloured markers or tags will help. Preferably, these boxes should be the last boxes to be packed and then put to one side when you arrive to your new property.
- Sort out your junk
Should you take everything you have amassed over the years to your new property? That is a question you must ask yourself before you move to your new location. As a rule of thumb, if in doubt, throw it out. Thinning out what you take is an important factor and can have an impact on the size of your moving van. Before disposing of your unwanted goods, consider what items could be given to charities or thrift shops but make sure these places will accept your goods before you drop them off.
For those more valuable items you wish to off load, consider organising a garage sale. This will enable you to make some money on the sales as well. You can also advertise your goods for sale on the internet through sites such as Facebook, Gumtree, eBay or other online buy/sell and swap groups. This is a popular way of selling as there are many thousands of people wanting to pick up a bargain buy.