Moving can be a nightmare. You must decide whether you should keep all of your furniture, sell some of your bigger pieces, or donate your older items. Wherever you are in life, you need someone to help you sort and pack, if you follow these tips, your move can be a breeze.
Make a List
Take some time to sit down and consider everything you’ll need to do as you get ready for your house move. Be detailed and thorough. This will help avoid the horror of discovering some important chore you’ve missed at the last moment. Moving house is also a lot easier if you have the right mortgage. Habito can help, with their free comparison services and a simple calculator to help assess your mortgage options.
Utilize Wardrobe Boxes
Wardrobe boxes are your friend. They’re specially designed to keep your clothes in good shape while you move them. It’s a definite relief to open up the boxes at the other end and find your favorite outfits in pristine condition, instead of a creased and crumpled mess. The time you’ll save is well worth the additional cost.
Keep Important Papers With You
Don’t stash your important papers in the bottom of a box and toss it onto the moving van. If something happens and the box breaks or gets left behind, it can be a real pain to replace those vital documents. Instead, place vital documents (such as birth certificates, financial documents, insurance policies etc.) in a folder and carry it with you to your new home.
Keep Things Together
Don’t mix up items from different rooms. Unpacking will be a nightmare as you hunt through box after box for missing objects. Instead, pack each room separately and carefully label each box as you go: “Kitchen,” “Master Bedroom” etc. That way, you can simply move the boxes into the right rooms and unpack them there.
Don’t leave packing till the last moment. Start packing up as soon as you decide to move, starting with items you don’t use very often and working down to the things you need every day. You should aim to have everything completely packed up before you leave — just keep out the outfits you’ll be travelling in. Make life easy for yourself by switching to takeout and paper plates for your last couple of meals in the old house so you can put away all your cookware.
Safeguard Valued Items
If you’re moving valuable items, think about placing them in your own vehicle instead of entrusting them to your regular movers. If you have a lot of valuables or larger items such as antique furniture, consider enlisting specialist movers to take care of those objects. Ensure that the insurance on those items is up to date. Make a detailed record of all the valuables you’re moving, including good quality color photographs.
Pack personal items in separate boxes that you can unpack immediately when you reach your new home. Assign each person in your household their own personal box with the items they’ll need straight away and label them with the right name.