Moving house is always stressful (there are SO many things to think about), and no matter how many times you have moved before, there is always something you wish you would have done differently.
So to give you a hand, we’ve put together this guide below to help you with your move and ensure you keep on track.
Preparation is always key! You should start by preparing the move which involves creating a plan that will keep you on track. This should be the first thing because it is going to act as your guide throughout the process. It will also help in relieving any stress that might come up from the frustration people tend to get when moving. Sometimes just creating a tick-list of vital items/boxes can help reduce the anxiety of leaving something behind.
Should I Hire Movers or Do it Myself?
This is among the first decisions you have to make because it is going to determine everything else. You should look at the two options and see which works best for you (e.g. can you realistically move your stuff on your own? Can you afford a mover? etc.) If you do decide to go with a mover, research removal companies before making the decision.
Creating a Timeline and Schedule
Moving can be complicated because of the many steps involved. Having a moving schedule and timeline will help you keep you on track. This way, you will know what tasks need to be done when – you will always be on time (and if you’re the kind of person who always leaves everything to the last minute, a proper schedule could be a lifesaver!)
Setting up a Moving Budget
One thing many people don’t do is create a moving budget. It’s not a fun task to put together, but it’s an important way to ensure you’ve got the money you need and you don’t end up spending more than you can afford. Budgeting is always a good idea, but especially so when you’re going to be spending significant sums of money.
Getting Started and Completing a Move
It can be hard to know how to get started when faced with big projects. The tips in this article should help with this because you will know the steps you need to take. There are tasks you have to do before the day of the move because you don’t want any delays or being forced to spend more on your move.
Moving provides you with the perfect chance of sorting through stuff and deciding what you are going to pack and what you are going to get rid of. It’s not easy to decide which items to get rid of and which to keep, especially if you’re a sentimental person who likes to keep as many things as possible. However sorting stuff is going to reduce the items you need to move, and this can save you a lot in removal fees.
Getting Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need
Once you have sorted the items, you can then choose to get rid of them. Whilst it can be scary to throw things away, if there is something you have not used in the past year, there is a good chance you’re not going to use it any time soon. Often it makes sense to get rid of such items – if it comes to it, you can always repurchase a few years down the line. There are times when it is cheaper to buy a new item in your new place compared to the moving costs.
Saving Money on the Move
Once you have the moving budget in place, you need to start looking for ways of saving money. Research tips for saving during a move, don’t spend unnecessarily and always thoroughly compare prices before committing to any spends.
Packing Supplies You Need
It’s a good idea to source any packing supplies you’ll need a decent amount of time before you move because it makes things easier. You don’t want to keep going to the store to buy packing supplies while you’re busy trying to pack things away. Make a full list of all supplies you need for your move then go and buy them (it will probably be cheaper to buy in bulk as well, rather than buying bits-and-bobs here and there.
Minimising Stress When Moving
There is a lot of work involved when moving, and you will be faced with stressful situations. This is the case no matter how many times you have moved before. Look up some ways to cope with stress and see if any work for you. Be mindful, try not to let the anxiety overwhelm you, and remember you will get through it – and you’ll hopefully be in a lovely new property!