If you’re about to move house you’ll have an idea as to how much work is involved. In fact, there’s likely to be more work to do than you imagined. This is why it’s important that you know how to make the whole moving process so much easier. If the big day is as easy as possible you’re less likely to become stressed.
Get Yourself Organized
Please do not leave anything until the very last minute. If you know you’re going to be moving soon you’ll need to get organized now. Here’s what you need to do:
– Make a list of your priorities
Think about all of those tasks that you need to get done before you move. Do you need to donate furniture to a thrift store? Will you need to enlist the help of a few friends? Add as much as you can to the list so you know what you need to do and when you need to do it.
– Decide what you’re going to take with you
Make another list, now list everything that you want to take to your new home with you. If this list has the potential to be huge, you could make a list of the things you don’t want to take with you. This will help you when you’re packing the boxes.
– Take time off work
Book enough time off work as soon as you can. Make sure you have at least a few days off before you move house and a few days after. If you can book a whole week off work you’ll get so much more done.
– Ask someone to look after your kids and pets
If you have pets or young children they will need to be looked after when you move house. If a friend or a family member can look after them you won’t need to worry about them quite so much.
Set Up All the Services
Too many people move into a new home only to discover that their electricity does not work. This is why it’s important that you try to organize things as soon as you can. If you’re moving into a rental home make sure you know how to change the contract so you have power when you move in. Alternatively, you could contact the service provider so they know you’re about to arrive. Failure to set up services could mean you’re without power for a few weeks.
Organize What to Put in your Car
Let’s imagine you’re going to be driving to your new house on the day of your move. What would you like to have in your car? Think about taking all those important insurance documents with you and anything else that is sentimental to you. Don’t put them in your car just yet, wait until the morning of your move so you know they’ll be safe.
When you finally move house you might not notice that some of your doors and even some of your windows will be open. This means that your home’s security might not be as good as it usually is. The good news is you can do something about it. Make sure that you have people stood close to or next to those exits at all times. Also, make sure that you keep all of your valuables away from prying eyes. Try to have them with you or close to you at all times.
If you’re really worried about your valuables you could always store them at a friend’s house until after the move.
Ask your Friends for Help
When moving days comes you’re going to have so much to do, even if you have hired a removal firm. You’re going to need and appreciate as much help as you can get. This is where having one or two friends to help you can make a real difference.
Your friends can help you by loading your car, helping with your kids, or just being there to support you.
Having a Rest
When you’re moving house, chances are you’re going to feel quite tired. There will be so much to do and so little time. However, you need to make sure you have a bit of a rest. When you’ve moved everything into your new home why not spend 30 minutes to an hour doing nothing? Find somewhere comfortable to sit and relax. You’ll start to unwind a little and feel less stressed.
Plan your Meals
Eating on the day you move is not as easy as you think. Your oven might still be on the truck, your refrigerator might still be at your old house. You might, therefore, struggle to know what to do. “Plan ahead and take a picnic with you or order a takeout so you can sit down and enjoy a good meal,” says Nick, moving manager at California Movers short distance moving company.