Moving is never an easy job, but it is also not as bad as most people tend to think. As a matter of fact, moving can be an enjoyable endeavor when you give yourself enough time to do it and not wait for the last minute. However, if you wait for the last minute to start packing, you will end up being stressed with all the chaos that surrounds you.
Avoid, or at the very least, lessen the stress of moving to a minimum. Follow these tips from your friendly local movers for a smooth transition to your new home:
1. Take a look at your finances. Before you plan your move, you need to have a look at your finances in order to determine how much money you can afford to shell out on your move. Having this info will determine if you should hire local movers or if you should do a DIY move. Even if you can afford movers, there are other aspects that you can save money on so that everything fits your budget.
2. Buy proper moving boxes and supplies. You have valuable things that need proper care when being moved. This is why you should get the right boxes in order to ensure the safety of your valuables. You cannot simply put your stuff inside the truck because they will be damaged and it will cost you a lot of money to have them restored, or to even buy new ones.
3. Buy second-hand boxes. Moving boxes can be a little pricey, especially if you have to buy quite a lot. What you can do is search for second-hand moving boxes. There are many families who have moved and no longer need their moving boxes. They usually sell them for a cheaper price. There are even those who give away the boxes for free in order to dispose of them. You can crowdsource on social media such as Facebook if any of your friends can recommend where you can buy.
4. Make an inventory of your stuff. Go to each room in your house and make an inventory of what you have. When you are done, discuss with your partner or family members which stuff you can take to your new home and which items need to go. Not everything should go to your new home. Take a look at your living room couch, for example. Is your couch new or has it been with you for a decade or more, and perhaps you need a new one?
5. Give old furniture away. You should also take into consideration if your old furniture will be a good fit in your new home. It would be a waste of time and resources if you move large furniture into the new home, but you end up not using them because the size, color, or design do not match with your new place. Ask your community if someone needs some old furniture.
6. Hire a mover. It is true that movers can cost quite a bit of money, but if you think about it, you may just have to spend almost the same amount of money if you do it yourself. You may save a few dollars but that’s it. If you do a DIY move, you will have to find a truck that is big enough to accommodate all your stuff, find a driver, and some people to help with the heavy stuff. Another downside to doing a DIY move is that you have no experience when it comes to moving so there is no system in place. It will take longer and it is more chaotic.
Professional movers, on the other hand, know what they’re doing. They come in your house, systematically disassemble stuff in order, put them in boxes, and load them in the truck. The best thing about it is that movers have insurance. So, if in the process of moving they damage something, their insurance will pay for the damaged item.
7. Label the boxes. After everything has been packed and sealed, make sure that you label the boxes. The label should indicate what items are inside or which room it should go to. For example, all kitchenware should be packed together in one or several boxes. This way, when the boxes are unloaded, you know where everything should go, especially if you are doing a DIY move. By doing this tiny thing, you will make the transition so much easier.
8. Learn the rules in your new place. If you are renting a new apartment, you need to learn the rules before you sign a contract and move. Small things such as making sure if your building allows pets is essential in order to avoid any inconveniences.
9. Prepare a kit for your moving day. When you move, you and other things in the house will likely get dirty. Prepare cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and a change of clothes.
10. Visit your new neighbours. A new life should start right, and that includes visiting your neighbours and introducing yourself. When you finally move your stuff in, you could also give them fair warning that it’s going to be a bit of a noisy day. They’ll appreciate it a lot.
Think of moving as a fun and exciting activity. You have a new home that needs your attention and creativity. Do not think of it as just a task you need to do after work because if you do, you will never find the energy to accomplish it. The secret to a stress-free move is always planning ahead and giving yourself enough time before the intended moving date.