If you’ve ever moved house before, you know that it can be one of the most tiring and stressful moments in your life. Just think about all the paperwork, coordinating schedules, packing, and travelling, and you’ll understand why most people think that moving will inevitably cause emotional, physical, and mental stress.
Luckily, moving doesn’t have to be a chaotic and maddening experience. By putting in some time and effort to your preparations, you’ll make sure that your move goes smoothly. And a smooth move means you won’t have to pull your hair out worrying about whether all your items will arrive at your new place safely or how much you’ll spend. Follow these tips to minimize problems when moving house.
- Make a list and inventory
To have a successful move, you need to stay organized. How can you do this? By creating a list and inventory. Before you get started on your moving preparations, take some time to list down all the tasks that need to be done before, during, and after your moving day. These include researching to find the right moving company, compiling your important documents, packing, and cleaning. You can create your own checklist or download one online.
Also, go through each room in your house one by one and make an inventory. This inventory should include all the items that you will take with you to your new home. With each list entry, make a note of its current condition and any special considerations during transport. For example, if a cabinet is antique or fragile, be sure to jot this down.
With an inventory, you’ll be better able to keep track of your items when packing. Also, this inventory is important because you can coordinate items with your movers. It can be used as proof for claims of damage, loss, or theft.
- Measure your furniture
If you have a vision for the interior design of your new house and are planning how you’ll decorate the space, then chances are you already have your eyes on a few pieces of furniture. And even if you won’t buy new furniture and will bring your old pieces, you should measure the dimensions of your furniture before you move.
Although you might have a few furniture pieces that you imagine will work wonderfully in your new house, it is difficult to really envision how they will fit in the room. For example, your couch might be too big to fit in your new living room. Now you won’t have anywhere to put it. This is why you need to measure your items beforehand to make sure that they will actually fit in your soon-to-be new home.
- Pack rooms in a logical order
When packing your belongings, it helps to work your way room by room. Breaking up your packing tasks by rooms will make it easier to stay organized and ease your workload. For example, it is much easier to pack if you’re doing it one room at a time, rather than dividing up your attention between multiple rooms.
Additionally, when slowly working through each room in your house, start with the areas that you don’t regularly use. This makes sense since what are the chances you’ll use your surfboard, pair of skis, or Christmas decorations before you move? Start packing rooms like storage spaces, garages, and tool sheds, and make your way until you can pack up your kitchen and bedrooms. Starting with rooms you don’t occupy daily will make your packing so much easier.
- Label in detail
As you’re packing, label each box or container. This is important for staying organized during the moving process since these labels will correspond to the entries on your inventory. On each box, write or stick a label describing its contents. Also, write down the box’s destination room as well as whether the contents are fragile or not.
Be sure to put the labels on the sides of boxes. This is so that you’ll still be able to read them when the boxes or containers are stacked on top of another. You can even write labels in different colors to match with different rooms in your new house. You’ll have to color coordinate with your inventory and a layout of your house.
- Arrange for help
Don’t forget that you’re not alone when moving house. Of course, you’ll most likely have the assistance of experienced, professional movers to help with loading, transporting, and unloading your items. However, they often offer additional services that could make your move more manageable. For example, ask for dismantling, packing, or cleaning services if you think you won’t have enough time to do all of these tasks before your moving day.
And before your big day, ask your friends and family if they are able to take care of your children or pets when the movers come to transport your belongings. This is probably the easiest way to make sure your move goes smoothly, especially if you have very young kids or pets that need a lot of supervision. By asking for extra help, you’ll have one less thing to worry about and focus all of your attention to the task at hand: getting ready for the move to your new home.