If you’ve ever relocated in the past, then you’ll understand the trouble we go through just to pack our bags and say goodbye to our old home. There’s a lot of logistics involved and it’s easy to get lost in the sea of duties and responsibilities we have before we manage to make a successful move. And once it’s all done, we’re left with an expensive bill due to all the last-minute changes we had to make, and that cost can be quite hard to stomach. In order to kerb those costs and make moving pleasant and simple, here are a few tips to remove that stress and make your house move easy.
Declutter Your House
First of all, make sure you’ve decluttered your house. Get rid of any rubbish you don’t need and try to sell, recycle or bin things that you don’t want to take to your new home. If you’re known to be quite the packrat, then this is even more important because you want to ensure you’re not starting up old habits by turning your new home into a dumping ground of broken electronics, memorabilia and useless junk you don’t need. The more you declutter, the easier it’ll be to pack your boxes and bags for the move and the less you need to carry around.
If you already have a floor plan for your new home, make sure you plan out where to put new items. For instance, you could label boxes that are designated for your new living room, kitchen or bedroom, and place the items you want to unbox in those rooms in the storage containers. This makes it very easy to organise once you actually start to unpack your items. In addition, plan ahead for logistics too. Contact services like MyBekins to arrange for a removals services, which can be especially useful if you have a lot of heavy furniture or if the move location is far away. You also want to ensure you’ve handed the keys back to the landlord or to the new buyer, and that you’ve also cancelled and cut off any extra utilities and subscription services. If possible, try to get your new services installed before you move into your new home.
Keep Essentials Separate
Things such as your passport, will, birth certificates and important medication should be kept separately. Make sure you have a backpack or rucksack specifically for these important documents and items so that they aren’t lost in the dozens of boxes you’ll be packing for your move. If possible, pack these items up as soon as possible so that there’s zero chance of them being mixed up with your other items. You also want to pack a few things like snacks, water and a spare change of clothes in case the move is going slow and you’re left in relocation limbo.
If you follow those three tips, you’ll have a much easier time moving home. Relocation doesn’t need to be stressful, and all it takes is a bit of planning ahead to make it smooth.