Alongside getting married and having kids, moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful occasion. With enough careful planning, your move can go smoothly. Here’s how to make your moving day as effortless as possible.
Deal with unwanted possessions
We all have items in our home gathering dust that we’ve been meaning to get rid of for years. Moving home is the best time to deal with these items. Hire a skip to chuck out all those unwanted belongings so that you can have a fresh start in your new home. Alternatively, you can try and make some money out of these items. Your neighbourhood may allow yard sales, in which case you can set up a stall outside your home and sell to passers-by. There are also options such as attending flea markets, selling online, giving to charity shops, donating to auctions or even seeing if your friends and family will take anything.
You should start packing early, so that it’s not a race before moving day. Start with the belongings you need the least – these could be Christmas decorations or summer garden tools. Then start packing books, dvds, ornaments, excess clothes, until eventually you’re left with the bare essentials. Make sure boxes don’t exceed 30 pounds and buy bubble wrap or polystyrene for fragile items. Label all boxes so that you know what items are in which (it will make unpacking on the other end much easier).
Find someone to look after the kids and pets
Stop your kids and pets getting under your feet on moving day by getting a friend, family member or neighbour to look after them during the move. This is particularly important when relocating furniture as it could be a dangerous place for kids and pets to be. On top of this, it can allow you to focus more on the packing process without having to constantly worry about their wellbeing or cater to their needs.
Get a helping hand
Many hands make light work. Hiring a professional moving company to deal with the removals of heavy objects can take a lot of the stress away. You may also be able to get friends, family and neighbours to help with the packing and moving process. Reach out to them early otherwise they may be too busy to give you a hand.
Once all the belongings have been cleared out it’s important to give the place a tidy up. Most people hire professional cleaners to do this as the chore of cleaning up your now empty old home can be physically demanding (and emotionally if you’ve been living there a long time). Ensure that you’ve thoroughly checked the place over for any hidden possessions you may have forgotten, possibly at the back of built in wardrobes or under kitchen counters. If carpets have been stained you may need to hire a carpet cleaning service.