Wednesday, 13 November 2019 08:43

25 tips for a smoother move

25 tips for a smoother move

So your big family home has been sold and you are moving into something smaller. It’s now time to think about the moving process. The best tip I can give you is it to start early! And here are 25 more tips for your smoothest move yet!

1. Start with a good declutter.
Decluttering before you move means less stuff to pack up, unpack and organise in your new home. It also means a fresh start with only those things you love and use.

2. Sort things by category.
Collect all like items together so you can see exactly what you have in each category. Sort methodically and be ruthless. There is no point taking items you don’t use, don’t love or won’t fit into your new home.

3. Have charities ready to collect.
After each sort and purge, remove the unwanted items immediately. Call a charity to collect, or put everything in your car and take it away.

4. Anything to sell?
You might have items you would like to sell. Start that process well ahead of your move so they are gone before moving day.

5. Take an inventory
Now you know what you are keeping, write an inventory of everything going with you. You will probably have to estimate the number of boxes you will need. The moving companies will need this to quote.

6. Create a master moving to-do list
Now you are ready to organise all the moving tasks. Sit quickly and list absolutely everything you need to do before move day.
Schedule and diarise appointments and deadlines. Have a timeline counting done to moving day to keep you on track.

7. Book your moving company
Book your moving company as soon as you know when you have occupation at your new home. It’s always good to get at least 3 quotes and compare services.

8. Choose a moving day.
If possible try not to book at month end or Saturdays. Moving companies are really busy at these times. Mid-month is ideal and costs are usually lower.

9. Check to see if you have original boxes for your electronics.
The best way to transport your electronics is in the original boxes they arrived in when you purchased them.
If not find suitable boxes for these items.

10. Change your address a week before you move.
Send a change of address to anyone you think will need it. Notify friends, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, banks etc.

11. Schedule disconnect times.
Arrange to have electronics, computers, telephones and internet disconnected and reconnected at your new home.
Before you take them apart and pack them up, take a few pictures of the back of your electronic devices. Having these pictures will make it that much easier to set up your electronics as soon as you move in.

12. Time to think about packing.
If you can afford it, I advise you go with professional packers as they know how to pack. If you are on a strict budget, ensure you have good quality, strong boxes in 2 or 3 sizes. Small boxes are used for heavy items like books and crockery, medium for general items, and large boxes for clothes and linen. Always check that you can pick the box up yourself.

13. Use the right packing material
I prefer plain white packing paper (unprinted newsprint) for all items going into boxes. I use bubble wrap for pictures, framed artwork, large ornamentals and large lamps.

14. Pack your crockery like a pro.
Start with some paper in the bottom of your box. Wrap plates, platters, and bowls in paper and pack vertically into a box like records. Put a couple of sheets of paper between layers and then fill the empty spaces to prevent cracking and breaking.

15. Label, label, label
We label the boxes by category and by the room they are going to which helps enormously at the other end.

16. Pack a last box/first box with things you’ll need right away.
Think about what you will need on your first afternoon in your new home. You will probably find it’s the kettle and basic kitchen items you have kept out until the last minute. Having a few essential items on hand will make you feel more comfortable and prepared to tackle unpacking everything else.

17. Pack a personal overnight bag.
Chances are you won’t get everything unpacked in the first day, so bring whatever you need to feel relaxed and settled on your first night. A change of clothes, your toiletries, a water bottle, and your laptop can go a long way in making your new place feel more like home.

18. Stop shopping.
Try to use up most of the groceries in the pantry, along with the contents of the fridge and freezer. It is so much easier to re-stock than try to keep items cold or frozen on move day.

19. Clean up your cleaning.
Set aside cleaning materials for a good clean once the house is empty. Use up other cleaning materials, but ensure you have for you new home, in case it’s needed.

20. More kitchen duties.
Defrost and clean your freezer a day ahead of time. Do the same with your fridge. Give your dishwasher and washing machine a good wipe down inside and outside a day or two ahead so that they dry thoroughly ahead of moving day.

21. Take care of the important stuff
Pack a separate box or briefcase with copies of all your important documents in case of an emergency. Take time to scan everything so that you have backup. It’s always good to have copies anyway, and now is the perfect time to do it. Pack all valuables, jewellery, very fragile smalls and transport them yourself.

22. Have a plan for moving day.
Have someone take charge of directing boxes and furniture as it arrives. Arrange for someone to go on ahead to open up, and someone to stay behind and close up. If possible label rooms and spaces to make it easier for the movers.

23. Do the essential on move day.
We make beds, unpack the last box out/first box in, switch on appliances, check the electricity meter and water. This way you can have a cup of tea, order a takeout, have a shower and collapse into bed

24. Look after your people.
Make sure you take care of the people who help you move, regardless of whether or not they’re being paid to do it. Drinks and small snacks are always well received and a genuine thank you, and a follow up email or letter to the company highlighting the efforts make a big difference.

25.Unpack methodically.
When you start, tackle the essentials first. Kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces. Books, ornamentals, paperwork, hobby items can wait. I also advise clients not to hang artwork for a few days or even weeks while settling in as you will find you move things around. Once you have settled you will have a far better idea of where you want things.

I trust your move will go smoothly, and your new home a happy one!

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