There are few things in life that require as much planning as moving house. If you’ve ever relocated before, you’ll know that it can be a very stressful and long-winded process. No matter how organized you think you are, there will always be jobs that need doing in the run-up to moving day. If you’re counting down the days, here are some tips to help you prepare.
Decluttering is incredibly cathartic, and it’s also an effective way of ensuring that you don’t take a load of stuff you don’t want or need from one property to the next. If you’ve got boxes that you haven’t opened since you last moved, clothes with the tags still on, broken TVs, damaged ornaments, or games, books or CDs that are gathering dust, it’s time for a clear out.
Moving house is a great excuse to declutter and get rid of anything you don’t want to take with you. Go through each room individually and create piles of items you want to throw away, donate to charity or sell. List items online or host a garage sale before you move, take a trip to the charity store and visit the tip to dispose of any unwanted items. It’s not the most appealing job in the world, but if you take time to declutter before you start packing and cleaning, life will be so much easier.
Work out the logistics of your move
If you know when you’re getting the keys to your new house or flat, start planning now. Work out how you’re going to get yourselves and all your possessions to your new home. Are you going to ask friends and family to help out and hire a van or a truck, or are you going to hire a removals firm? If you have a lot of stuff or you’re moving a long distance, it’s wise to search for national moving companies that have an excellent reputation. Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations and read reviews and testimonials online. Once you’ve booked a slot, you can focus on packing and get your house in order.
If you haven’t enlisted a moving company to help you pack, it’s wise to get started well in advance of your moving date. Ask friends and relatives to muck in, and start with items you know you won’t need before you leave. Keep the essentials out, and start putting anything you’re not going to use away. Make sure you label boxes so that you know where each crate goes in the new house. This will make unpacking much easier. If you have fragile items or valuables, it may be a good idea to keep them with you. If this is not possible, for example, you have a valuable antique table that won’t fit in your trunk, wrap the item carefully and label it with a ‘fragile’ sticker.
Are you in the throes of getting ready to move? If so, it pays to plan ahead and try and make life easier. Declutter, start packing as soon as possible and look around for the best removal firms.