Relocation is a stressful affair not to mention costly as well. One can to next to nothing about cost except to keep it to the minimum but people often find stress lingering long after having moved. The reason could be the things that got damaged, lost, packed when not needed and left behind when could be worth their presence, documents that got misplaced in all the hustle, cleanliness of the lodgings and what not. However, a little planning in this case as well could go a long way and take the stress out of this herculean task.
This blog focuses on covering all the major aspects of planning your relocation, so that you could take care of the reason of relocation while not worrying about the process itself.
11 things to plan before moving your house
The time you have in your hand would decide everything about your moving; the more you have the less stressed you will feel about the whole task (but only if you plan and work accordingly not procrastinating!) and vice-versa. Time planning also translates into saving money as well so get on it immediately, especially if you have less.
For a small distance or same city or neighbouring city relocation, you can consider doing it on your own, assuming you have less to carry but the same could not be done for a farther move. If you are moving abroad, many other aspects of consideration and planning are there, not to mention taking the necessary permissions, clearances, shipping methods, hiring professional movers considering storage issues, getting necessary documentation done and things like that. List the agencies you need to contact upon your arrival.
Hiring professional movers and packers, buying packing supplies, and reserving trucks and storage facility are going to be your major costs. Get quotes early and evaluate for a rough idea. Include tickets, temporary lodging, cleaning and repair of new / old premises and commutation as well if those are also going to be there. Keeping aside this much amount and then some more would help you breathe easy. If your employer is going to pay for this, get everything in written (contract form) as what all he is committing to, to avoid last minute hassle.
· Belongings (Selling, donating, using up and destroying)
Moving is the best time to downsize, to take only what you need and is in best shape. You have to be a bit hard on yourself to do the sorting. Some of them are useless but hold emotional value; others are not useless but you can do without these, like the clothes not used from a long time, books read and reread, decorative items of which you have seen enough. And some items are just pure rubbish that you were thinking of cleaning but never could start doing it. Thus, hold garage sale, donate in charity, and contact the rubbish removal company to take away the junk.
· Ownership overlap
The time before you leave and enter in the new house should ideally be not separated by any gap, better to have some overlap time to get comfortably settled. Gap will cost you money, both in temporary lodgings and storage facility, not to mention the time you would feel like getting wasted. This overlap will also allow getting cleaning and repair done if you have to. However, avoid too much overlap to save paying double for the same time.
· Packing and packing supplies
This one’s obvious but don’t keep putting off till the last time. If you are planning to do it on your own, get the required supplies of boxes, colour tapes, bubble wraps, markers, stretch wraps, wardrobe boxes, glassware boxes, etc. Start packing with the least used items like glassware and crockery, Christmas lightings and decorative items and less-frequently used appliances. Don’t forget to label the boxes and start filling the truck from the least needed stuff.
Use up everything in the pantry and freezer in the days ahead, giving priority to the perishables and give away that you could not to the friends, neighbours, charity and colleagues. In the last packing days when you have packed up the kitchen things, take food support from friends and neighbours.
· Help (Professional or otherwise)
Friends, relatives, and neighbours can be of great help in pet and baby-sitting when you have already plenty to worry about. If you prefer professional help instead, book them before hand. The same goes for hiring professional movers or a moving companies, only this involves getting quotes and then finalizing one.
· Repairs and cleaning
You might be required to clean up the house before you finally leave it and would want to get some repairs done in the new house. If such be the case, get it done without having to fuss over it. Set things straight with the real estate agent if that cost is excluded or included in the purchase price so that he is more careful of that.
· Things for immediate use
Keep the items to be used immediately on relocation (like toaster, tea-kettle, coffee, tea bags, cookies, disposable cup and plates, paper tissues, gel soap, etc.) in a separate box that you mark and load at last. Include pets’ supplies to be used immediately on arrival as well. Pack medicines, glasses, wallet, necessary documents, etc well within reach and clearly marked to not be worried about those.
· Reservations (temporary lodgings, truck, storage facility)
After putting time in planning and reaching out for best time to move, you know if you need to reserve temporary lodgings, truck, and storage facility or not. Make reservations sooner than later as the time you are choosing might be a rush season (as in the case of some educational town).
If you put these tips to use, surely there would be little fuss about any aspect of packing and moving.
This Informative Article is authored by Chris Leach, owner of S W Leach & Sons. He is highly expertise and skills in topics such as Removal, Goods Removals, storage, and Self-Storage and packing. He likes to share his views and knowledge related to moving and packing field.