Anyone that has ever moved homes will likely confirm just how stressful it can be. From organization to the move itself, there is a lot work required to successfully pull off moving house, and even then there will likely be a few bumps along the way.
This is why properly preparing for your move is a must, as it can reduce the stresses involved with a move and make transitioning into your new home that bit easier. Let’s take a look at everything you should know to help prepare for a successful move:
Start Planning Well in Advance
The actual moving can often end up the simplest part of a move, especially when prepared well in advance. Sit down a few months before you are due to move and set everything out in a plan. Do whatever that works best for you, be it to do lists, color-coding tasks in order of importance, or visualizing how you would actually move everything.
Take a walk through your home and note where things are, anything that could be left, as well as ensuring all the right paperwork will be handled well before you start moving anything.
Work Out Whether You Are Hiring Professionals or Not
Now it is certainly possible to move homes without the help of professional moving company, but if you can afford it, you will find the move will be a far less stressful event. Of course hiring professionals isn’t cheap, so knowing your budget will be important (more on that soon!)
If you are deciding to move on your own, bear in mind that there will still be expenses, although it will be much cheaper in any case. You will need to arrange for getting help to load supplies onto the moving van too, as doing so yourself will be a nightmare!
Establish Your Budget
Moving homes will not be cheap, so it is important to know how much of a budget you are working with. This will give an idea of whether you can hire a moving company, the amount of packing supplies you will be able to afford, or how much travel costs (for things like gas and hiring a truck) would be if moving on your own.
Without planning your budget, expenses can get quickly pile up, so this can be great for keeping your spending in control as you have already established how much money you can afford to dedicate to your move. The distance of your move and how much personal belongings are being moved can also impact the overall costs, so preparing this in advance will mean you have a clear idea of how much the move will cost.
Try to Take Inventory of All Your Goods
As the move approaches, you should have a rough idea of what you will be taking with you if you have planned ahead, but to actually know for sure what is staying and going can be quite difficult especially if you are still unsure.
This is why you should create an inventory of everything, including what is coming, what can be left, and anything you are unsure of. While it is more of a time consumer that making rough lists or notes, it can be a massive help in better understanding how much will be getting moved, which in turn can help better establish the cost of the move and the time and effort required to make it happen.
Get Help Whenever You Can
When moving on your own, it can be a nightmare to get things done without a little help, so try to get some friends or family in on the move to help things go down smoothly. Even if you are hiring a moving company, you will need some help with packing and organizing, so don’t be afraid to get some help from anyone you can.
Trying to get someone to help for an entire day (or several) can be quite the task, so try getting help from as many people as possible, even if some can only help for an hour here or there – many hands make light work after all!
Just make sure you are rewarding them with something nice to eat like a pizza, as they are giving their time to help you out, it is a well-known piece of moving etiquette!