When you’re moving home, packing your whole life away can be a daunting prospect. Even more so if you have a family. However, it needn’t be overwhelming, as long as you plan ahead and have a clear timeline for everything you need to do.
Check out our tips for making your move as pain-free as possible.
- Plan ahead. Organize as much as you can, as early as you can. Do you need to take vacation time from work? Do you need to organize supervision for your kids or pets? Are there things you need to give away or sell before you move? Get these things out of the way as quickly as you can so that as moving day gets closer, you will have less to worry about. Buy packing material and boxes, and enlist friends and family to help you move way in advance.
- Decide what stays and what goes. Particularly if you are downsizing your home, some furniture may not be able to fit in your new residence. Decide which pieces will be coming with you and which ones will stay or be sold off. Clearly mark which is which using stickers or tags, so that your moving team can identify them easily.
- Start packing. You can either hire a professional team to do this or do it yourself, particularly if you will be moving fragile or exceptionally valuable things. If you take the latter option, work systematically. Label all your boxes clearly and put items that go together (such as books from one particular shelving unit) together. Pack evenly – don’t leave too much empty space in boxes as this can allow your items to move around in transit, and do not overfill boxes as they might break open. Pack essentials together and store them in an easy to reach place until moving day. Make sure you have plenty of bubble wrap for fragile items.
- Don’t forget the dog! Pets can have a stressful time when relocating, particularly if the move itself involves lengthy travel times. Contact your vet to find out how to make the journey easier for your furry friends and consider training them in advance so that the trip is not too overwhelming for them. Give them plenty of time to adjust to their new surroundings and make sure that they are secured within your new premises – dogs and cats often go missing after straying from their new homes in unfamiliar neighborhoods. Also make sure you have packed all their things too, including a supply of food, so you don’t have to go to the shops on your moving day.
- Think ahead. Decide where you want to place furniture or store things in your new home. Pack according to how you plan to unpack for a much less stressful experience.
- Notify your contacts. This can be as simple as sending out an email in some cases. Notify your friends and family of your new address. You may also want to inform service providers like banks, insurers, delivery services and so on. Let your phone and internet providers know too so that transferring service from one address to another can be done quickly.
- Communicate with your movers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your move. Book a removal team in advance but feel free to call at any time before moving day if you need clarifications on anything. We are here to serve you!