Making Moving House Go Smoother
Moving house, it’s a process that either goes like clockwork or can stress you out before you’ve even thought about packing a box up or even thinking about what to pack first even. The real trick behind any house move is knowing what to expect. That along with some good organisation will turn your moving stress into a more palatable situation to handle. So let’s take a look at what you can do to make the process as smooth as possible.
Here are some of the tips to change any moving mayhem you might encounter so that the process will be a moving experience that will go smoothly and that doesn’t stress you out when it comes to the big day.
The Build Up
You can spend the time worrying or you can spend the time taking proactive decisions that are going to leave you exactly where you need to be. First of all you’re going to need plenty of time to book your removals company. Whether you go for a complete service that comes in and packs and wraps absolutely everything for you or opt for a man with a van get your quotes in early and pick from a company that offers you good value for money and a great reputation. Consider asking around in your local area or on community chat groups for removalists. They are a hive of information and can let you know why they have preferences and which removal companies worked for them. Remember also that the last thing you’ll need is to be let down by a late arrival on moving day.
Then you need to take your next proactive step and get going with the sorting and general clean out of your house. If you’ve left yourself plenty of time, you’ll be able to take one room at a time over a week or so, sorting out clothes and toys that will either head to the recycling, local charity shop or be thrown away.My advice is to start the packing of items you won’t be needing for sure and this includes decorative items, seasonal clothing, paintings, mirrors and reference books for example.
Be ruthless and avoid thinking you may need it in the future if that object hasn’t been used in your house for years. It’s time to declutter and you’re the one who needs to make some hard decisions. If you have a friend or family member who is good on this score who may be able to help – enlist them at this time.
On The Day
Set aside a large bag with your bedding, toothbrush and all the paperwork, keys and phones you’ll need to lay your hands on in your new home. Make it clear that this bag or bags travel with you. I actually take most of my filing cabinet of two drawers with me. With phones – don’t forget chargers! Take kettle, snacks, mugs for a cuppa at the other end as well.
If you have a number of bedrooms, think about labelling them with numbers at both the old property and the new and have your packers label the boxes accordingly to make sure that all the boxes are taken to the right rooms on arrival. This will save the job of figuring out what goes where and save time and frustration
BUT – another way I have found even easier is to colour code your boxes for rooms to help yourself if you are doing it or your removalist. Use coloured dots on your boxes like this for example:
Green – Bathroom
Blue – Kitchen
Red – Office
Yellow – Laundry
White – Master Bedroom
Orange – Spare Bedrooms (1 orange for first spare bedroom and 2 orange for 2nd spare bedroom – you get the picture!)
Pink – Living/Lounge Room
This means that people won’t have to think – they look straight at the colour and easily know without having to read once they see what the colour is for. I have used this system for years and even the removalists were happy to see this easy but simple little coding trick.
Moving house is far from easy and it will have its stresses and strains but the key is allowing yourself plenty of time to get everything in place before the big day. That feeling of not knowing where everything is and being unsettled will pass. If it’s by a team you trust or if you choose to enlist family or friends who can work in with you to get the property cleared of all the things you no longer need. If by chance you are not having outside help and are having a slower move (this can be a little less stressful) make sure you give yourself a pamper time in between the continual on-going activities.
The strain of the day will slowly fade away as you enjoy your first cuppa in your new home even with boxes still piled around your ears.
I had the good fortune of being asked to work for a removal contractor for a short while and got to see an inside view of people’s treasures being moved. Here in Australia, the warmer weather – being in November, December and January are the busiest times of year for moving. At this time different public servants and job contracts often came to an end and it was then that they moved – holiday season time.
This is something to take note of when getting quotes as sometimes removalists will really be super busy if you choose to go that way. In the middle of the year (being cold) – June, July, August was the slowest time and therefore the easiest time to get timing slotted in with them when you wanted. If you are from the USA you will find it quite the reverse and their peak season will be April through to September their warmer months.
Whenever you choose to move do remember there are many routine things that will often get behind – but you will catch up eventually!
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. As noted you will find a variety of topics covered (see Home page) My appreciation goes to my team and others whom I collaborate with to make this blog successful and resourceful. Thanks especially to my team: Sarah, Tina, and Billah (See footer for more of their details)