Moving into a new home is always exciting because of how good a new beginning can be but no matter how many times you may have moved, preparing for a move can be stressful and exhausting. There are so many things to consider, pack, list, organize, get rid of and the list can go on and often we get worried that we are forgetting something along the way.
The best way to prepare for a move is to take a step back and evaluate everything which needs to get done as well as the timeline you are working with. One thing to keep in mind is that there are various ways you can simplify your never-ending list of to-do’s as well as bringing in some reinforcement or outsourced support and assistance just to lighten the load and stress of moving. To help prepare for your next move, here are some things to consider doing in preparation for your move:
#1 CLEAN UP, CLEAR OUT
One of the very first things to do when you are planning to move is to engage in a clearing-out exercise right throughout your house. Through the years, we tend to collect and hoard all sorts of things from furniture to clothes, household items, accessories, and decorative items and although there was the reason for keeping them before; you might find that when cleaning out and planning for your new home or new beginning, there is no more use for a lot of things anymore. Performing a household purge is a great way to take stock of what you do have, so you can plan and prepare for the packing phase but also try to simplify your life and your personal belongings.
Usually, it is best to tackle one room at a time, that way you can focus on small milestones throughout the clearing out phase and not get too overwhelmed. Organize your belongings into piles of keep, throw away, and perhaps even a maybe pile. Sometimes we get too attached to items that we don’t always realize that it is time to get rid of. Another good reason to organize and clear out is to ensure that whatever you do want to keep, will fit into your new home. Perhaps you are moving into a smaller house and apartment – which would mean that some furniture items or personal belongings simply would not fit. It all depends on the personal circumstances of your move but it certainly is a good place to start. Once you have cleared out and organized what will stay and what will go, you can start moving onto the next phase of packing everything up.
#2 GET PACKING
Once you have all your rooms cleared out, it is time to start packing. Here you can decide whether you are going to do all the packing yourself, or simply hire packing and moving professionals to get the job done for you. For all those items which didn’t make the keep pile and need to be thrown out or donated to charity, they should be the first to go. There are always great second-hand shops or charities who would always appreciate even the smallest of donations because as they say: “Another man’s trash could be another man’s treasure.” After you are left with all the keep piles, you are ready to get packing into boxes and make sure you label your packing boxes according to the rooms the contents belong in. This will help you organize your unpacking once you have moved into your new home. Movers can make everything a lot simpler for you and save on time and energy but if you plan on packing everything yourself, grab a few friends and some pizza and make a day of it. Materials to always have is a good amount of boxes of various sizes, scissors, packing tape, bubble wrap, and of course a good permanent marker to label your boxes accordingly.
Moving Tip: Try not to use large boxes for your packing. At first, it will seem convenient in terms of space and how many items you can fit into a larger box but this can also cause you to unknowingly pack boxes to be incredibly heavy and run the risk of breaking or damaging any contents during the carrying, packing and transporting.
#3 TO DRIVE OR NOT TO DRIVE
By now, you should already have decided or at least start deciding whether you are going to be moving everything yourself, in your own vehicles, or whether you are going to hire professional movers to pack and transport your belongings to the new home.
Usually, this decision will depend on a few things such as:
- What is the distance between your current home and the new home? For incredibly long hauls, hiring professional moving trucks would be ideal due to the distance not allowing you to simply go back and forth between houses.
- What type of vehicle do you own? If you own a small car, you won’t be able to fit as many boxes in and this could land up taking a lot more time and effort in having to drive up and down constantly between houses.
- What is your budget? If your budget allows for it, you can decide to get the best of both worlds by making use of transport services such as hiring a suitable van from rental companies but doing the driving yourself. This can make it easier in terms of you managing the process on your own but having sufficient transport and space to accommodate your moving needs.
REROUTE YOUR DETAILS
This can sometimes be overlooked in its importance but remembering to add this to your checklist will make things a lot easier for you. Re-route your current address and postal details to your new address to help you stay on top of any accounts or correspondence usually sent to your address or home. This will typically include all your accounts, your bank profile, any insurance you may have whether it be a vehicle, home, or life insurances as well as your medical aid and information too.
A FINAL SWEEP
Once everything is out of your old home, it is always best to go back and do one final sweep of the house. Depending on how long you have lived there, things always have a way of hiding in the nooks and crannies of a home. You don’t want to leave anything behind which was not intended to.
Of course, there are a few other steps in between, before and after to consider when preparing for a move but this is always dependant on personal circumstances. Make sure you have some hands to help you out, enough information of where you are going to, a good packing and organization plan as well as trustworthy transportation or movers; with all that in place, you can look forward to a quick and efficient move, or at least mostly (because we know how moving can be taxing and stressful regardless).