December of 2017 marked the three year anniversary of moving here to our yellow brick home. Our closing had gotten delayed, so instead of moving in the beginning of November, we were forced to move right during the holidays. However, it turned out to be a really “smooth move” because we had planned ahead, and we also used a moving company for the first time.
Because my husband and I have flipped a few houses that we have lived in, we have moved several times and have learned over the years many moving tips that really help ease the transition. Moving your entire home can often be a stressful process.
Your whole life has to be boxed up and transported to a new location. In the midst of it all, belongings may get damaged or things may get forgotten. It doesn’t have to be so hectic! Whether you are moving into a new house for the first time, downsizing, or purchasing property to renovate to get onto the real estate ladder, Here are five tips that will make moving home less stressful. *This post contains affiliate links.
1. Pack early
Nobody wants to be packing the contents of their entire home the night before moving day. Packing early allows you to do it in an organized manner, giving you time to buy extra boxes and bubble wrap and other equipment. It also allows you to time to sell items you don’t need and sift through clutter.
When you’re at the packing stage, now is the time to decide which pieces of furniture and other possessions are essential to your happiness, and which things you could do without. The essential items should be grouped and labeled as such. The items that you really like, but don’t actually need, can be grouped and labeled “maybe.” And the rest? Well, you need to get rid of this stuff before you move. While this might sound obvious, you’d be amazed how many people pack, transport and unpack things they no longer need, want or even like to their new place, rather than simply getting rid of them at the start!
You should start with the most unused rooms and spaces first such as a loft or garage or shed. Next, target ornaments and books and excess clothing. Leave the everyday essentials until last – you may even want to pack a day bag for things you need on moving day. You can use a planning calendar to help you delegate certain days to pack specific areas of the home.
2. Label boxes
Rather than letting the contents of each box be a mystery when you get to your new home, label each box as you pack it. This will stop you from getting to your new home and having to rummage through every box to find what you need, when you may prefer to unpack in stages. Don’t forget to keep all of your important paperwork such as tax informatio or other legal documents in a safe place where you can easily find it at all times.Remember to also label boxes containing fragile items so that anyone handling these can do so carefully. You can also use different colors of markers for each family member’s personal belongings, or perhaps all kitchen or bathroom items can be color coded to help you find them more easily. This will also help the moving company as they unload your items.
3. Book a babysitter/dogsitter
Children and pets will get under your feet on moving day. With lots of heavy objects being carried around, it could even be a dangerous environment for them. Organize someone to look after your children and pets for the day. This could be a friend or family member or it could be a paid babysitter or dogsitter.
4. Hire cleaners
After moving out of your property, you’ll need to clean it for the next owner. This may be compulsory in some cases – a landlord may not give you back your deposit if the property isn’t spic and span, while most agents may charge a fee for sold properties that aren’t cleaned. Hiring a company to do it for you might take away the chore of having to do it yourself, allowing your to focus on life in your new home. Some companies such as www.hebystad.se can handle removals and cleaning. Of course, some people may prefer to clean the property themselves and save money.
You will also want to clean your new home before you move it. Even though you may have already hired home inspection companies to make sure the property was safe for purchase, these companies often do not specialize in mold indentification, so before you start unloading boxes in the basement or attic be sure that those areas are clean and dry.
5. Let people know of your address change right away
Once you’ve moved into your new property, don’t delay telling people your new address. This may include bill providers, the council tax office, subscriptions, your bank and various insurers. Sites like www.iammoving.com are very useful as they can automatically notify everyone the moment you move home. You may also want to notify friends and family so that you don’t get Christmas and birthday cards ending up at the wrong address.
Don’t broadcast your new address on social media – it’s safer to contact people individually. You can also fill out moving forms prior to moving at your local post office. And if you’re moving home within the UK you would certainly benefit from using a change of address checklist. and a man and van in Northampton if you will be coming from that town. This will help you understand who to notify when moving home.
Even if you aren’t planning to move any time in the near future, chances are you know somebody who will be moving. Be sure to share these moving tips to help them make have a “smooth move” too! Oh and I almost forgot…don’t forget to treat yourself to your favorite cuppa joe or tea, and have some favorite tunes to keep you in an upbeat and positive mood to reduce stress. If you have any other great moving tips, I would love to hear about them!