Moving into a new house is always an exciting experience, especially if it’s a property you’ve bought after years of working hard and saving money. You get to live and redecorate a place you can finally call home.
However, when you jump out of your imagination and things start to get real, that’s when moving may seem like an overwhelming task. Much of the enthusiasm gets buried under many tasks that need to be done merely to make arrangements for your belongings to get safely to their new destination.
Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help make relocating as simple as packing, moving, and unpacking. Here, take a look:
Like many before, we’ll say this again: GET RID OF YOUR USELESS BELONGINGS! It’s pointless to cling on to things that you’re not even using (unless they have some emotional value). It’s just dead weight that you’re paying extra money to transport to the next location- or store in self-storage. If your useless items are of some value, consider selling them before making your big move. You can get some extra cash in hand and utilize it to hire a moving company. Or you can always add new things to the list for your new house.
If you’ve got plenty of stuff to move, you’re better off hiring professionals to do it for you. It is always good to do some preliminary research for moving options before you book a company. Google will come in handy. By going online, you can learn more about freight companies, professional packers, and movers to help you plan your move effectively.
It can help you operate efficiently on a budget and plan out your course of action. You can even look for storage containers to stow away luggage that will not be in immediate use. However, be meticulous when reading reviews, verifying companies, and checking insurance policies. You don’t want to hire a fraudulent company to move your stuff to your new home. Once you’re satisfied with a particular company, ring ’em up!
Pack your stuff
This is where the real hassle lies! If you have professional movers doing the work for you, you can breathe. However, if you’re shouldering the responsibility of getting this done, we have a few tips to help you sort things and get your stuff safely sealed.
- Organize: Pack the items separately for every room of your house to help you locate them quickly when the time comes for unpacking. Keep a separate box for your bedroom stuff, your living room stuff, kitchen, etc. Label these boxes/color code them to make things more manageable.
- Clothes: if you’re not moving too far, consider keeping your clothes on a hanger and pack them in a large bedsheet. You can keep them in your car and easily set your new closet first when you move into your new crib.
- Fragile items: Glassware and decoration pieces can easily break during transportation. Pack them with soft, durable material like towels to prevent any damage to them
- Liquids: Use plastic wraps to prevent leaks and spills in the containers. You can also place these items in separate bins and keep them away from other stuff.
- Drawers: If you’re keeping your furniture with drawers, don’t empty them. Instead, transport the furniture as a whole on a truck. You would save a lot of boxes this way, making packing much more efficient.
Manage utilities before moving
Before moving into your new house, you need to get a few things in order so that you don’t get into an unnecessary hassle later on.
Pay off your pending utilities before handing over the keys to your old house. Notify the concerned authorities if your utilities (and other subscriptions) are transferable to your new address. If not, cancel them. Set up the internet and cable in your new home so that you don’t feel like you’re stranded on an island when you move in. Update your address for essential mails, especially at your bank. It’ll save a lot of hassle when the time to pay credit card bills will arrive. Get your new house adequately cleaned before moving in. Consider hiring professionals for pest removal. They’ll do a fine job with unwanted guests in your new place.
Tips for Moving Day
Finally, the big day arrives. With professional helpers at your disposal, there is not much you have to do other than oversee that the process goes smoothly. One word of advice: do take pictures of your valuables beforehand so that you can claim damage just in case of an accident.
Have your labeled boxes unloaded and placed in their designated areas to make the unpacking process more straightforward when you arrive. You won’t have to run around your new crib searching for items that belong in a particular room.
Set your beds in your chosen bedrooms so that you can spend the night in peace. Unpack the kitchen items first since they’re most likely more fragile than the rest. After you’re done sorting out the kitchen, slowly start rearranging your furniture in place. Start small, preferably from your bedrooms. Make the house livable for yourself first before making it welcoming for guests.
Last but not least, dispose of all your packing waste properly. Timely removing such junk from your living space can make the reorganizing process a whole lot easier.
Changing homes can be an arduous process, but only if you don’t plan it out properly. This article mentions a few simple tips to simplify the process. Make an informed decision of the facilities you want to avail, let go of the dead weight around, and ensure that you organize and pack efficiently to make transportation and unpacking smoother. Prioritize so that the budget that you set for yourself is spent well. By following these tips, you’ll be comfy in your new house in no time.