5 tips so you can move like a pro
Moving into a new house, whether as owner or tenant is exciting… except when you have to consider the move. Moving is a time consuming and stressful job – but here’s some tips that might make the job a little easier.
Don’t take it if you don’t need it
Moving is a great opportunity to clear out the unused soup tureen your grandmother gave you when you moved out the first time (and you still haven’t made soup). It’s also a chance to discard, donate or sell off those items you have two of or don’t use anymore. As you pick up each item, ask yourself if you need it and reflect honestly on how often the time has been used over the last twelve months. By doing this, you are lessening the load; you won’t be moving as many things. Of course, doing this requires a little extra time, which leads us to the second tip…
Get your act together
Moving takes time. Don’t leave things until the last day. Once the moving date has been set, map out a timeline for the move, allowing time for everything else in your life. Organisation should extend to the way in which you pack as well. Pack room by room. This will make the task seem much more manageable and will also make unpacking simpler, but only if you …
Clearly mark each box
By packing each room one at a time, you can clearly label each box with the room it needs to go to in the new house. There are many ways to do this – colour-coding can make the process easier – but the key is to be clear with your labelling system. You can also label contents if necessary, especially if they are fragile. This labelling is super important so you can …
Make sure of what you need Day 1
If there are items you need within the first 24 hours, these should be placed in a designated box (or boxes). What is included in this will be dependent on you, but obvious suggestions would be crockery & cutlery for the first meal, toiletries and possible even food. If there are more than one of you moving (or perhaps your family) it can be a good idea t have one box for each person.
Fragile means fragile
Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to packing breakables. Wrap these items individually and make use of towels, linen and clothing to do this, as this effectively kills two birds with one stone. Linen and towels are handy to use for wrapping other item you don’t want scratched or broken such as TV’s, computers or other appliances.