Without the right planning, moving homes can be quite an ordeal. You might be excited to move to a better place, but the joy will be significantly diluted if packing/shipping/decluttering causes you stress, headaches, unnecessary expenses, and losing precious items.
Thankfully, there are a few tips that can help you simplify the process and make moving far easier than it often tends to be. They are as follows:-
1. Start Packing Early
As soon as you drop the deposit and sign the lease, start packing. Packing will always take longer than you expect it to. Longer, if it’s the first time you are doing it.
Do a little bit of packing everyday, and it will be far less stressful. Don’t leave it all for the week before the movers arrive.
Source boxes and packing materials early on. To be on the safe side, get a few more boxes and sheets of bubble wrap than you think you need. You can get free boxes if someone is giving them away to local groups. Or, you can check if nearby supermarkets or grocery stores have boxes they want to throw away. If you are getting the boxes from your movers, ask them to send them as early as possible, maybe a couple of weeks before the scheduled move date.
Get boxes of different sizes. Once they arrive, go to each room and pack similar items together. Label each box carefully. Remember to pack fragile items with extra care and mark boxes as FRAGILE before hanging them to the movers. Start with packing items you use the least.
2. Book Movers in Advance
Hire movers, and professionals like painters, plumbers, and cleaners as early as possible to work on the new house. If possible, move bigger items (like furniture) to the new house early, too. It will help you explore more options, compare prices, get a better deal and give you a higher chance at a smooth move.
3. Accept That You Can’t Take Everything
…and that might be for the best. We often don’t take the time to declutter in daily life. But, moving is an excellent opportunity to go through everything you own, keep what is truly necessary and get rid of what you don’t need. Haven’t worn that dress in 3 years? Donate it. Haven’t read those 5 books since you got them 2 years ago? You probably won’t get to read them, so consider donating to a local library. Haven’t used the toaster in a year but it still works fine? Sell it perhaps.
The lesser you take along with you, the easier the move and unpacking will be.
4. Plan for the New Home
Before moving into your new home, plan for aesthetic changes if you want them. For example, organise a clean before moving in. Get your carpets cleaned so that they can be rolled out on new floors, spick and span. To save weeks of your time and a tonne of effort, consider NexDo’s moving in cleaning services and exterior house cleaning for both the interiors and the exteriors of your home.
You might need new curtains depending on window measurements, so put that in the plan. In the post-Covid world, pay special attention to sanitisation of all spaces.
If you are moving furniture, chalk out a floor plan on what goes where. You might even have to repaint the walls if the place is too old, or if the colors clash with your stuff.
5. Buy Essentials Beforehand
Before moving, note down everything you will need immediately in your new home – toilet paper, garbage bags, toiletries, detergent, dishwasher soap.. you get the idea. Pack a separate box with everything you will need on the first day/night after moving in. After an exhausting first day, you don’t want to be rummaging through boxes to find your pillowcases or mouthwash.
6. Strategise and Schedule Utilities for the New House
After moving dates have been finalised, contact utility providers so that they can set up necessary services accurately. Few things are more annoying than showing up, bone-tired, from the move and realizing that the water isn’t running or the electricity needs another day to start working. Additionally, ensure that you request the end of services at your current home right on the day of your move. You don’t want to pay extra, even if it is just for a day.
7. Try Not to Carry Cooked Food
Cooked food can spill, causing stains and requiring clean-up. With everything you have to do to settle into your new house, you don’t need the additional effort. If you have leftovers lying around, try to finish them before moving. You could always donate food to a homeless shelter or charity if it’s too much for you to eat.
If you think you might be too tired to cook after moving in, and don’t want to order takeout, you could take one cooked meal along. Put them in airtight containers, then use a handheld bag to carry them yourself. Do not, under any circumstance, put this food in a box or give it to the movers to transport.
8. Unpack and Set Up The Kitchen First
Proper nourishment is what will keep you going through the exhausting moving and unpacking process. This is especially true if you have kids or elderly individuals in your family. You can’t eat takeout for three meals a day, so unpack and organize the kitchen first when you get to your new house.
It might help to take pictures of the new kitchen so that you can decide what goes where. If you have friends/family helping you pack, use sticky notes to label the cabinets so that they know not to put candles in the cutlery drawer.
And, there you have it. A bit of early planning, using the pointers described here, and ideally, some help from a couple of friends or family members can make moving quite smooth. With the right strategy in place, it doesn’t have to be the nightmare it often is. In fact, with Nexdo’s professionals cleaning your new home and previous home, moving in can be a memorable experience – one full of hope, love, and laughter!