Moving home can be a stressful ordeal. Take the hassle out by adopting some of these useful tips certain to make your moving experience less exhausting and more exciting.
Throw away what you don’t need
Relocating is a chance to have a fresh start. Out with the old, and in with the new! Go through your items and determine which ones are valuable possessions and which ones are simply clutter. Anything that is clutter can be got rid of. Give yourself enough time to sell some of this clutter, rather than simply taking it to the dump. Moving home is usually an expensive enough process and you may be able to make some money to cover it by visiting flea markets, second hand shops and holding a yard sale. There are also many online sites where you can sell your belongings, as well as buy and sell Facebook pages for keeping things local and cutting out the cost of postage.
Weigh up the costs of removals
Some people will cut costs by hiring a van and doing their own removals. Whilst this can be cost-effective for short trips and few possessions, dealing with longer distances and more possessions prove less cost-effective and practical, as you’ll be making multiple long journeys back and forth. Look into moving companies online and weigh up the costs. You should also consider the costs of packaging – some removals companies will supply this, whilst others won’t.
Use photographic evidence
When boxing up, use you smartphone to take a picture of the contents of each box before sealing up, so that when you come to unpacking you know which boxes you need to access which items. This is much less time consuming than listing contents on the side of the box. Photos can also be good proof of a damage if something is broken during the removals process.
Don’t forget to clean up
It’s courteous to clean up your home after you leave it empty. If you don’t have the time or energy to deal with this after the exhausting moving process, consider hiring a cleaning company to do the dirty work for you. Occasionally estate agents or landlords will opt to arrange the cleaning themselves, but you should never assume this – failing to clean up could result in extra fees in some cases.
Get the kids out the way
Moving day is not a good environment for the kids. Whilst they may enjoy playing hide-and-seek around the boxes, heavy furniture will have to be carried and removed and a time schedule may need to be abided by, which may make it a dangerous place for children, as well as a stressful time. Find a friend or family member that can look after your kids for the day (potentially a couple days whilst you unpack too) so that the moving process goes as smoothly as possible. The same applies to any pets such as cats and dogs that are likely to find the process stressful.