Leaving the place you once called home for years can be emotional. Naturally, you have memories associated with it. It can also be tiring if you don’t plan it properly. Packing, figuring out logistics, and repairs in the new place can overwhelm you simultaneously.
However, there are a few tips that can make things easier when relocating. Tips and tricks here and there can go a long way in streamlining the process and making it easier to handle. From hiring a moving company to pacing yourself and fixing the place up before you move in, we will be talking about several factors that could help you manage this stressful chore. Here are seven tips you can consider to execute a smooth move when relocating.
Begin packing early
If you already have your moving day marked on the calendar, it would be best to begin packing early rather than leaving it for the last few days. Understandably, you may have work and other commitments to tend to and it can add to the workload and stress, but doing it little by little in advance is better than cramming everything into boxes in the last week. Moreover, if you don’t make it out of your house in the given time, you might end up having to pay extra charges in penalties or rent. Packing sooner saves you a ton of hassle and money in the long run.
Call in the pros
Again, if you have a busy schedule, consider calling in the professionals rather than taking the DIY approach. Hiring a professional moving company will have your house packed and sorted before you know it. All you need to do is give them the go-ahead. Go online, browse a few names, read reviews, get a free quote, and make the call once you’re content. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and backaches. Ensure the company you shortlist is licensed and provides compensation for damage.
Pack according to each room
It would be a good idea to organize and pack your belongings room by room. Start with the least used room in the house and then move to the important stuff last (usually the kitchen). Packing each room individually creates a sense of order and ensures that things don’t get misplaced. It’s also easier to go to the new house and place the boxes according to the rooms they belong to.
Moreover, seeing the house gradually become emptier is indicative that you’re making progress. The visible difference will help reduce stress and leave you feeling motivated to get more done faster.
Get the new house cleaned in advance
While you still live in your existing house, consider taking time out on the weekend and cleaning out the new house. You might not get the chance after you move in with all the stuff lying around. Moreover, it’s a great way to get pests and creepy crawlies out of the way before you move in. after all, who doesn’t like moving into a clean house? It’s a welcoming site to turn the key and walk in to see sparkling floors and fresh fragrance in the air.
With boxes and furniture coming in fast, you might not have the time to do a clean sweep the way you do now. Take the chance while you have it and make the most of this time. You won’t regret it.
Get it fixed up before you move in
It’s an absolute hassle to come into a new house and find many things that don’t work. After a day of work, all you want to do is go in for a nice shower. It would be tragic to discover an issue with the water pipes and hot water doesn’t flow through. Since you’re already cleaning the place, it may also be a good idea to sort out whatever faults the house has. If you notice carpentry, plumbing, or electrical issues, get them sorted out before you move in.
It also gives the professionals more room to move around if there are fewer things in the house. They have easier access to whatever they need to get to and don’t have to worry about bumping into personal belongings.
Pack the boxes well, but don’t over-pack
Try and ensure that you pack the boxes correctly and utilize most of the space inside. However, don’t overfill the boxes because they may tear. It’s going to be pretty embarrassing and annoying to have fragile items falling all over the place and breaking on impact.
Utilize the space well, pack efficiently and tape the boxes up when you’re done. It would be wise to reinforce the bottom with a couple of lines of duct tape to ensure nothing falls through the base of the box.
When packing boxes, it’s common for people to forget what’s inside. Some essentials need to come out as soon as you move in. It would be a hassle if you couldn’t find them when you need them the most.
Get a label maker or print out a list of items and stick them to their respective boxes. It makes the unpacking process easier as things can be shifted and sorted room-wise. You don’t have to worry about running around and looking for your belongings.
Relocating is a stressful process for sure. Nonetheless, a few tips can help you when the time comes and make the process easier. Always start packing in advance. You can contact professional movers to help you out with the process if you don’t have time. Ensure that you pack your belongings according to the room and in safe, sturdy boxes. Label them correctly. Before moving, ensure that your new abode is clean and all mandatory repairs are done. The last thing you want is to have trouble placing boxes in their respective room when you arrive.