When you think about moving into your new house or apartment, thoughts of moving out are not far behind. If you find yourself scratching your head and thinking of how you’re supposed to move all of your belongings, you’re not the only one. Relocation is always stressful. Nobody likes to pack and unpack that much stuff.
There are ways to make your move less stressful, though, so it becomes manageable and not too time-consuming. Here are some suggestions:
Clean Your New Home First
Even if it’s just dust, you don’t want to come home to that on your first day. So before moving into your new place, take a day or two to clean it. If you’re renting, the property owner is likely to do the cleaning for you, but you won’t be there to see it, so it’s better to redo it for extra peace of mind. Scrub the toilet and mop the floors. Wipe the walls, ceiling and windows. Use some WD-40 on some squeaky hinges. And if you can, change the locks.
If You Need Help, Book It in Advance
Scheduling is important. If you need help with packing from willing friends, tell them about it in advance so they can make the time. Do the same if you need professional movers or if you need to hire a truck to move all your furniture and other belongings. Some of these businesses have lots of customers, so it’s best to be on their schedule way before your move. Additional tip: get an insured and bonded moving service.
Work by Room
Instead of trying to figure out where your kitchen implements are once you’ve moved, sort your items by room and label the boxes accordingly. Schedule one room a day for packing and labelling so that you won’t get overwhelmed by the number of items. If you hire a mover, at least they can just group the boxes according to label when they arrive at your new place.
Clean the House You Are Leaving
You don’t have to go all out, but at least be respectful of the house you used to call home. This is especially helpful if you rented it, as the owner is less likely to look for a reason to take anything out of your deposit if they find the unit clean.
These tips are not going to take all the stress out of relocation, but they can make a difference. Follow them and you’ll have fewer things to worry about.