Ten Tips for a Less Chaotic Move

November 13, 2017 at 8:50 AM Leave a comment

Moving to a new home can open a huge and exciting new chapter in your life. With all the logistics to work out, it can also be extremely chaotic if not even enough preparation beforehand. Here are some things you can do to make your move stress-free, organized, and even fun.

  1. Get several quotations. Most domestic removal companies will charge by the hour with a minimum two hour charge for two men to cover shortfalls for short haul quick moves. Very few home removals companies will charge according to distance or weight, so it’s important to seek out several quotes before deciding on who to hire. Always remember to ask about the moving company’s insurance coverage and enquire about their company history if they appear to be a new business.
  2. Start packing as soon as possible. Once you have your moving date set, it’s best to start packing as soon as possible. This will obviously reduce stress and make moving day so much smoother. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of packing, always start small. Pack one room at a time, starting with the room you use the least. Doing even a little every day for a month is far less stressful than sleepless nights three or four days before the move.
  3. Keep it lightweight. Don’t let boxes weight more than 30 pounds in weight and keep an inventory of what is in every box. Heavy boxes slow the move down, cost more, are at risk of breaking, and may be a safety risk. If you have lots of heavy items like books, place only a few in each box and distribute them evenly.
  4. Declutter your possessions. There is nothing like moving home to give you the opportunity to get rid of unused items you’ve collected over the years. If you haven’t worn items of clothing for over a year, it may be time to ditch them. Items that are still perfectly usable can be sold online or at a consignment shop to help cover the cost of the move. Alternatively, your local charity outlet could take the items as well. Doing this will also reduce the number of things you need to move, which will have an impact on the final moving cost.
  5. Set up a checklist. Checking things randomly when you’re under a lot of stress is a recipe for disaster. During the course of packing and preparations, create a checklist. Having to remember everything off the top of your head on moving day almost certainly means that something will be forgotten.
  6. Protect your furniture. Wrapping delicate items up in bubble wrap seems to be a no-brainer. Hard furniture, especially items made from solid wood, need lots of protection as well. Even seemingly soft items such as sofa cushions and mattresses need to be carefully covered in plastic. Make sure your furniture is free from moisture and humidity after being wrapped or else it may damage the furniture after the move.
  7. Perfect time for replacements. Don’t wait until you’ve moved to replace that television or to get a new bed. Identify which items are old enough to replace, whether they be broken, worn out, or just fashionably outdated. Mattresses are the number one household item that isn’t replaced often enough, so take the opportunity to get a eco-friendly natural latex mattress for your new home.
  8. Preparing the pets. Animals find that moving to a new environment can be extremely stressful, so make sure they are calm and as ready as can be. The day before the move, ensure that cats are in their crates so you don’t have to waste time chasing them the next day. On the evening before and the morning of the move, take the dog out on the lead only and do not let them run free. Ensure that you have the correct housing to move the pets as well. A suitably sized cat box or dog crate with some of their familiar possessions will make it less stressful for them too.
  9. Survival kits. Make sure that you are well-equipped for the day of the move. Remember that you won’t be able to cook food or make hot drinks, so have a flask and some snacks ready to go. Also ensure that you have a small first aid kit as there is a higher risk of bumping or bruising yourself when moving items into or out of a house.
  10. Redirect your mail. Even if you’ve told your bank and all the necessary contacts that you have moved, you can rest assured that someone will have slow admin. Pay for a minimum three month mail redirection. You will not regret it and it may save you a lot of hassle trying to recover lost documents or information.

Remember to check that you are insured both at the time of departing your old home as well as at the time of arrival at your new home. Try to choose a time of day that traffic is easiest and remember most of all – the less you stress the easier your exciting new move will be!

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