Moving into a new living space is undoubtedly an adventure. However, once you actually get started with the actual packing and moving bits, you realize that home moving can get a tad too hectic and hassle at times. This is especially true if you don’t plan ahead and approach the home moving process as it comes along.
Even if you invest in home moving companies, there is a lot that needs to be done by you. Here are some home moving tips that can make the process easier for you.
The first step to flat moving is decluttering your house. When you are settling into a new abode, the last thing you should do is flood it with old items that you don’t use anymore. Even if you are a hoarder, when you are moving houses, this is the best time to declutter.
- Be extremely ruthless during this session.
- If you haven’t used anything in the past year, maybe you might want to consider throwing it away or donating it depending on its state.
Trust us when we say that you will find vintage items when you start packing stuff. Things like old coffee makers and equipment that have been gathering dust and rust would pop up during your packing spree. Throw them all out. This purge would reduce the number of items that you have to pack extremely thereby making the eventual packing process more efficient and convenient.
2. Category wise sorting
Most people tend to pack their items on the basis of the rooms that they are stored in. However, it is much more efficient to sort all your items into categories and then pack the same categories with one another.
Rather than tackling your entire room in one go, here is what you can do:
- Begin by cleaning all the wardrobes of your house.
- Further divide clothing on the basis of formal, summer and winter wear.
- Do the same exercise for the books, papers, and shoes that you own.
- In case of fragile accessories, pack them all together so that you know which boxes need to be treated with caution.
The last thing you want is for fragile items to be scattered across different boxes, thereby making them all at the risk of being damaged.
During home removals, some items demand more attention than others. By sorting them together, you can ensure that the rate of transfer is maximized.
3. Donate and sell
During your decluttering process, not everything that you don’t use should be thrown away. Instead, some of them can be sold off and donated. Do so before you move. This is because once you settle into your new abode, you might get lazy and decide to store it all indefinitely.
Therefore, before you begin moving, during the packing process:
- Make a list of all the items you want to sell and donate.
- Look at potential places you can donate to and consider the various avenues via which you can sell items.
- Decide to make a yard sale or opt for online channels.
4. Do your research on professional moving companies
Not all professional moving companies are worth the money. In fact, your entire moving experience depends on the quality of your professional moving company. Since this decision is quite important, make sure to take your sweet time in researching and identifying potential moving companies to avail services from.
For the people who live in New Zealand, Wise Move might be a good option to look at. This is one of the biggest moving companies operating in the country. Here are some characteristics of their services:
- Up to 75 percent cheaper quotes than the industry rates
- Ability to read customer feedback on the platform
- The use of environmentally friendly cars for the moving process
- Rather than spending hours contacting the company, a mere one enquiry on the platform connects you to the various Wise Move moving companies that might be travelling on your route.
Regardless of which professional moving company you select, make sure you research thoroughly and select those with a quality customer service department. This way you can get your queries heard on time, which is an important part of the process.
5. Pick the moving day wisely
The day you plan to move will have a significant impact on what rates will be charged by the moving company. If you have the time and flexibility to select between different days, do consider finding a date which is cheapest in the month. For instance, usually, a lot of people move out during the weekends.
This time period is the busiest for all moving companies and hence the charges for moving in these days are generally higher than weekdays. A trend that has been observed is that Tuesday is usually a slow day for moving companies. You might end up with a discount if you opt for such days. So, plan ahead and plan strategically.
6. Devise an efficient route to your new house
There are multiple ways you can reach a given destination. The route your moving lorries take will determine the efficiency and pace of the overall moving day. Here too you are required to plan ahead.
- Look at the map and detect the various different routes from your old house to the new one.
- Check the traffic through GPS at different times of the day. This will help you decide on the best route for the day. This can vary depending on the time, traffic and road conditions.
Look at factors like construction schedules, highways, and traffic. Take into account necessary stops like gas stations as well.
7. Make a to-do list
Moving home is not easy. There is just too much to do. Even if you take care if the big stuff, there are many small chores that you need to do. This is why it is essential to create a to-do list to remind yourself of the plethora of things that you need to get done.
Write them all down either on a paper or on any Notes app on your device. Don’t worry about how big or small the task is. Note it all down. At the end of the day, it all matters. List down the items that you have to donate, sell or declutter.
8. Mark your calendars
Merely jotting it all down on an app and making a to-do list is not enough. Instead, it is the beginning. You need to take the next step and map out all the tasks into your calendar. Rather than marking it on your phone, get yourself an oversized calendar with empty boxes. Fill them up with all the necessary tasks that you need to get done.
This approach has various benefits. For starters, by dividing all the things you have to get done in days, it all may seem more manageable. This will motivate you to get it all done. Also, make sure to add some rewards in your colander to keep you going.
9. Look for original boxes of your different equipment
You need a lot of boxes for the various equipment you must pack and store. Rather than buying new ones for everything, try to look for the boxes of the various electronic you have. There are various advantages of using original boxes. For starters, your equipment fits correctly and safely in the boxes they came in. Look for all these boxes that you might have stashed anywhere. Let’s say you don’t find them. In this case, you might want to consider purchasing cushioning material that can help you safely transport it all. Items like quilted blankets, sturdy tape and bubble tape can come in handy for this purpose.
10. Go on a hardware store run and get extra supplies
There are various tools that may come in handy during the moving process. Make a list of all the tools that you may require during the process. Think of everything. This may include items like packing tape, screws, putty and measuring tapes. Always get extra of all potential suppliers. You wouldn’t want to run out of supplies in crucial times. Whether it be light bulbs or extra screws, you need extra of everything.
Moving a house might seem fun at the start. And you can make sure that it remains convenient and hassle-free by following the tips we mentioned. While you are at it, do call in all your favors very early. If you are relying on help from your friends and family, then give them enough time to plan if they can help you out. As you can see, there is much more to moving than the actual packing and moving day. There are a lot of factors you must consider and pay heed to.
Take your time and plan your moving day well ahead. Make your to-do list, declutter, map out the route and do a hardware store run. By the end of it all, you are likely to find the moving experience to be less stressful.