Almost everyone at one point in their time, they have to move. However, this tends to be a tiring, daunting and costly task for many, especially if you have many items. However, you do not have to fret. When preparing to relocate, there are several tips discussed in this article that will definitely come in handy. So, strap on!
The initial steps:
Seek at least 3 quotes from the home movers in your area. A good start is the British Association of Removers. Ensure you negotiate, and compare their offers to get the best deal.
2. Key Contacts
Begin working through your checklist of Key contacts to let people know you’re planning to relocate. Most contracts need at least a month’s notice, so keep that in mind.
3. Get Rid of Big Items
The local council can be able to help you get rid of the large possessions you no longer need or want. Keep in mind that this service may sometimes have a small charge.
4. Existing Furniture
Ensure you take measurements of your largest or favorite pieces you want to move and take them during the viewings. After all, you don’t want to move your largest furniture, only to discover it does not fit your new space.
5. Moving Pets
If the pets are not used to travelling or tend to portray nervous behavior, consult your vet for ways to reduce the stress. Many pets tend to be distressed by unfamiliar environments.
6. Begin Packing
It is best to start packing things that you do not use on the regular, like items in the spare or store room. Also, do not forget the garden shed. Your primary focus might be on the house, making it easy to forget the shed, attic, garage, basement, etc.
7. Storage Facilities
If you’re moving long-distance, or need to wait until you can get into your new house, then consider a storage unit for non-essential items. This gives the removal company time to get the most important possessions to your new home in a timely manner. The rest can follow as needed.
Let your neighbors know early enough that you will be moving and to expect a removal van in the driveway. If you need extra room to manoeuvre, they might offer to park elsewhere. Likewise, if there are parking restrictions outside your home, make arrangements for the removal company to set up.
9. Collect Boxes
You might be tempted to pack as much as you can into a large box, but many smaller boxes tend to be easier and safer to move around compared to heavier ones. So, begin collecting boxes as soon as you can. Consider getting deals on the internet for small moving boxes, especially on sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Once it is time to move, or rather a week to go, there are a few things you may want to do in order to make the process less daunting.
The week before:
- Confirm removals
- Confirm the date and time with the removers
1. Packing Essentials
Begin considering the daily routine. What items do you need to use on a daily basis, like the toilet roll, toothbrush, breakfast bowl, remote control, etc? You will want to pack these items on a separate box.
2. Marker Pens
These are essential items to help locate your things. Ensure you write on every side of the box as it will make items easier to locate. You can use one color to label which room each box belongs to and another for the contents inside.
3. Creative Wrapping
Bubble wrap is excellent for your valuable possessions, but things like towels and beddings can be just as effective and consume less space. You can even use socks to hide and move your jewellery. However, you’ll want to take extra care when it comes to unpacking.
4. Dismantle Furniture
If possible, it is best to dismantle furniture that’s not essential a few days before the moving date. The last thing you should be dismantling during or before the moving day is the bed.
You’ll also want to make arrangements for food and beverages for the moving day. This seems obvious, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to forget given how busy you will be.
6. Plan the Trip
Plan the journey to your new house. Even if you know the way, anyone else helping may not. Consider how the trip is affected at varying times of the day as in some cases, you may have to take more than one trip. Check for useful landmarks like shops, schools, or anything else that will help the removers find your new house.
7. Settle the Bills
Ensure you settle your local bills like milk, newspaper delivery, video rental, etc. Also, ensure that you cancel your utilities like internet, etc.
And there you have it, tips to help prepare for moving and make this often arduous and costly process of moving from one residence to another. Professionals should also be able to give you some tips on the same.