We all dread moving out. It’s an enormous amount of effort, it can be expensive, and it disrupts our entire life while our possessions are in and out of boxes, packed away so we can’t use or get to them or in a shipping container. It can put a real dampener on the excitement of moving into a new house. While we know just how much work it can be, we often overlook some of the opportunities moving home can offer us.
Use the Opportunity to Spring Clean
Don’t just pack everything up and move it. Use the chance to make decisions about what you’re going to keep and what you can throw out while you’re packing your boxes. Don’t hold on to obscure things or items because you might need them one day, even if you haven’t needed them in the last 20 years. It’s a good idea to make and follow a moving checklist.
Spring clean everything well as you pack it too, wiping it down or washing it well. This is a chance to move into your new home with everything fresh and clean!
Schedule Moving Day
Use a professional moving company like Local Motion, as they will invariably offer a full moving solution from packing to moving and storage and can offer lots of helpful advice. Talk to your moving company and coordinate a schedule with them.
Know when to expect your movers, how they will work and if they will take breaks. You should also familiarize yourself with the rescheduling procedure in case you need to make use of it.
Start Packing Early
Don’t wait until a week before moving day to start packing.
Start early and go slowly through the house, carefully wrapping and packaging everything for the move. Start with things you don’t use very often like your workshop tools or less frequently used kitchen appliances. The longer you give yourself to pack, the less stressful the experience is going to be.
Use the Right Packaging
When you’re buying boxes and packaging materials, be sure to buy a range of sizes of boxes. Don’t forget to buy things like packing peanuts, bubble wrap and plenty of packaging tape to make sure you can seal all your boxes really well.
Pack Room by Room
An essential item that you’re going to want a few of is the humble marker pen to clearly label all your boxes. Unlabeled boxes are going to add headaches once you reach your new home! Don’t wander around the house filling up boxes with items from different rooms.
Pick a room, like the kitchen above, get a new box and pack things only from that room into it. Use a new box when you start with a new room and label them well so that when you get to your destination, unpacking is quick and easy.
There we have it – quick and easy tips you can use to make your move as painless and hassle-free as possible. By being thorough in your planning, you can avoid many of the common issues people experience when moving and even more importantly, minimize the stress that comes with moving out of your place into a new apartment.