Moving can be very stressful but there's really no way around that. However it can be a lot more tolerable if you are prepared. Here are our recommendations for an easier and more efficient move.
Moving checklist - make a checklist so you feel more organised, can tick things off as you go and you won't leave anything behind.
Decide whether you want to use a moving company or go it alone. If you want to use a company, then do your research - don’t just settle on the first one you speak to.
Before you move, be sure you know all the utilities you're responsible for and make the transfers.
Find packing supplies. There are a lot of places to buy packing supplies, but boxes and tape can add up to quite a bit of money. You can avoid this additional cost by calling up a few places handing out free boxes. Most retailers receive a lot of shipments, but your best bet is to contact furniture stores.
Take measurements, everything you own may fit wonderfully in your current home, but it may not in your new one. It can be easy to make assumptions and forget to measure, so be sure to set aside some time to do so.
Transporting your stuff - if you're taking the DIY approach, you might need to hire a truck or van. This can save you doing a lot of runs back and forth between houses and save on a lot of extra stress.
Get some help on moving day. Moving is not something you want to do alone—it's not impossible, but it can be a miserable experience. Moving with friends is a lot more fun, and it makes everything go much faster.
Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essential” boxes of items you’ll need right away.
Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
Separate valuables. Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home.
Assemble furniture - start with the things that you will need first such as your bed.
Clean and dust - if your furniture wasn't dusty or dirty when you loaded it into the truck, it probably is now. Before you bring it into your home it's best to wipe it down.
It's easy to clutter up your home when unpacking because you'll have stuff everywhere. It can become a little intimidating when you have to move it all around. If you can manage, fill your closets first, even if it's only temporary.
Recycle leftover boxes. If you're moving into an apartment, it's best to check with your building's management before seeking out trash and recycling.
Sort first - go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as the waffle iron and croquet set.
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