When it comes to moving house, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re relocating to another part of the country or just across the road – stress levels will be sky high until you’re nicely settled into your new home.
Fact is, the entire moving process is one that is daunting and stressful, which is why so many of us are filled with dread whenever the time comes to do it.
Many of us put off the tasks involved in moving far too long, then have a meltdown at the last minute when the removal men are outside and ready to roll. But being prepared before the big day will make all the difference, so it’s certainly worth getting ahead of the game if you want to keep your sanity intact!
Here are eight simple methods to make moving house as hassle-free and smooth as it can possibly be:
Keep a Record
It is better for the homeowner to make a list of all of their possessions at the time of packing.
Most moving companies require an inventory of the all the items to determine the size of vehicle needed and of course, the man-power required.
But having a record of everything also kills two birds with one stone as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that none of your belongings will get left behind.
Having a list of all your boxes, with the contents stored inside them will make it easier for you to manage the entire process. You’ll be able to put the boxes in the rooms they belong in, rather than carting them around once the removal men have left. Knowing where everything is will help keep your stress levels to a minimum.
Assign a packing station in the house
At the time of moving, when just about everything in the house is not where it’s supposed to be, it’s better to allocate an area where all the necessary items such as markers, pens and box tape are located.
This way, everyone helping with packing will know where to find those all important items, which will definitely alleviate the frustration of constantly having to look for them.
It’s better to have too much than not enough
It is better to have more supplies and boxes than you need, rather than to fall short of them.
At the time of packing, it is quite possible that homeowners may require more plastic boxes than they initially predicted.
As a precautionary measure, homeowners can set aside few boxes for the stuff that requires packing on the day of moving, such as bedding, clothes and cleaning supplies.
Prioritise the packing order
Things that are used regularly are supposed to be packed last, while other items can be packed right away. Write a list of all the things you regularly use and keep all of those items aside. Things that you don’t use all too often can be packed away to save you time and effort on the day.
Keep similar items together
If there is any item in the household that is used with something else, it is better to pack them together. For example, electrical appliances should be packed with their detachable parts, or kitchen utensils with other kitchen items.
Small items like screws, bolts and other undersized parts should be packed in re-sealable plastic bags and should be attached to the piece of furniture or appliances that they belong to.
Another method is to label each bag accordingly and place them all together in plastic boxes with lids. That way, you know that when you open certain boxes, you will have everything you need to get up and running, which is especially important with essential items that need to be used straight away.
Colour code all the boxes and items
As a homeowner who is all set to move, you might be aware of which box goes where, but the moving company cannot be expected to know what you do. In order to resolve this problem, resort to colour coding the boxes according to their designated room in your new house. There are products out there, such as colour coded tote boxes.
Personal and important items
Every member of the family should pack their personal and important items in a bag that they can have quick access to as soon as they arrive in the new home. These items include pyjamas, toiletries and other useful items.
It is also important to prepare boxes for valuable items and important documents, which are to be kept with the homeowner at all times.
Check your insurance
Any homeowner should check with their insurance company before moving to enquire about what is covered in their insurance and if any additional insurance is required.
Also, find out what would be required if anything goes missing as some insurance companies will need receipts or photographs of valuable items. Cover all bases by getting everything you need in advance.
The right amount of organisation and planning can make the daunting aspect of moving far less stressful. If you guarantee that everything is ready to go before the big day, moving can be an exciting experience which everyone will enjoy, rather than one that needs to be forgotten for many years to come.