Relocation 101: Moving home doesn’t have to be stressful
So the time has come to pack up your belongings and migrate to pastures new. There is something magical about moving homes, don’t you think? A new location to explore, new spaces to call your own and new memories to create with your loved ones. It’s a fresh start. A time to break away from any monotony you may have found yourself in and inject a little rejuvenation into your life. Yes, a fresh start is an exciting prospect but the process of moving from A to B has negative and stressful stigma attached to it.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. With prior planning we can take out the stress of moving to a new home, it’s easy! Just remember our adaptation of the five P’s.
The two week rule
To allow yourself to enjoy a stress free transition into your new property, you must clear your schedule for a couple of days, at least two weeks before the date you move. It can be difficult when we already lead hectic lives but it saves a huge headache, organising everything at the last minute. Remember, you may possibly need to book time off from work, so use your holidays wisely. If working days through the week are unobtainable, try to clear a few evenings or pinpoint a weekend at least two weeks before the move date.
This time not only gives you a structure to work from, it also gives you a guarantee that everyone involved in the move will be there. This includes yourself!
What do I need to organise two weeks in advance?
Booking time off from work.
Work out a day which is the most convenient for you and the seller for the house you're moving into. This may fall on a weekday. Make sure you book the days off in advance to avoid a potential disaster. Also allow adequate time to fully clear out and clean your old home for when the next occupant moves in.
Relay information to the buyer of your home.
We now know the day we move into our new home, fantastic! We now need to schedule a time for the buyer of our home to move in. Make sure you allocate yourself enough time to move everything out and also adequate cleaning time. We need to make everything presentable for when the new owners move into their new home.
Find a helping hand.
If you are making the transition with your partner or a friend, awesome. The workload is halved. Make sure they can also guarantee their availability for the scheduled days we have off. If you live on your own, ask friends and family to see if they can help. If there isn’t any help available, don’t worry. That’s why we are planning ahead!
By booking weeks in advance, we can guarantee the availability of our transport. If you know a man/woman with a van, try to procure them before they get booked by someone else. If you don’t know anyone have a search for someone on Gumtree or Yell. On either, you can always find cheap man and van services local to you.
Acquire boxes to store and protect your worldly possessions.
To make the process easier, have a look for boxes that we can store everything in and also look for padding. Anything which will provide protection for our expensive and fragile items, like bubble wrap. Have a look online for companies which sell wholesale cardboard boxes or take a look on Gumtree or Shpock. You can always rely on them to provide great deals on miscellaneous items close to your location. Make sure you use everything available in your home first before you commit to buying anything. Use your suitcases to get as much of your clothing in as possible and put the space to good use. A brilliant method to do this is by vacuum packing your clothes. Doing this drastically reduces the overall surface area to get more use from the limited space we have.
Create a Moving pack.
To be organised and efficient when the time comes to pack your clothes, a moving pack is extremely valuable. Find a bag or a box which is easy to transport around with you that can hold the following:
- Four rolls of tape
- Three Marker pens (someone always loses one)
- Labels and Stickers (for distinguishing boxes through shapes or colours)
The rule of the Moving pack is that all items must be returned to the Moving pack after it has been used.
What to pack, what not to pack?
Make a list of essential items which you will need in your lives for the next two weeks. The best way to do this is by listing items, ordered by room. Start with the bedrooms and treat it like you are going on a two week holiday, only in reverse! Pick out two weeks worth of clothes and leave them to one side. Then pack everything else. Try not to be overly excessive because you can always wash your clothes in the meantime. Use your Marker pen to label each box, to order them by which room they came from. Anything that contains fragile items, make sure to provide protection for them and also label the box to let the carrier know about the goods inside. This applies to any box which requires a warning. Work your way through the house, separate all the essential items you need for the next two weeks and pack everything else. If you can clear a large space downstairs to keep all of the packed boxes, it makes the move on the day noticeably easier. A useful tip which people always forget, is remember to leave cleaning products and the Vacuum cleaner. We need them to clean the house after we move.
Organise a running order.
Always organise your items to the order of weight and size. The heaviest items go first and then we gradually descend down to the lightest. So when we are packing our belongings ready to move in two weeks time, we store the lightest items at the back of the room and then the heaviest at the front. When it comes to the day we move, we can load the Van/Truck with ease because we have already created a running order for the items to be loaded in.