There is no doubt that moving home can be a hectic and a stressful experience. Most of us want to get through the entire process as quickly as possible, without breaking anything, falling out with loved ones and avoiding major mishaps.
As with most things in life, good planning goes a long way to making that move run as smooth as possible. Here are just a few tips that will save you time and trouble:
Hire a Professional Removal Firm
We all want to cut the costs and moving home can be very expensive. Hiring a professional removal firm should save you a lot of time and effort. They’ll certainly take the hassle out of the move on the day and you won’t have to worry about lifting and managing all the heavy stuff.
If you’re going to manage the move yourself, you might want to consider how much time and effort it is going to take, including the cost of hiring a suitably sized vehicle, going back and forth and the petrol you use. Then compare that to the cost of hiring a professional company. You’ll probably find that the savings are not as great as you first thought.
Who Wants to Clean?
When you move home, you generally end up cleaning your old place as well as the new one. That can involve a lot of work and effort on your part. Again, there’s plenty of advantages of getting in a professional team who can do this job for you. They’ll have all the relevant equipment and the experience to make sure everywhere is spick and span. You can get on with your packing and arranging the move rather than spending time cleaning out cupboards and scrubbing tiles.
Use the Right Packaging
To save time, you need to pay attention to your packaging. Many removal firms will take care of this for you, but if you are managing the move yourself make sure you have plenty of boxes and containers as well as bubble wrap to protect delicate items. You can purchase online individual packaging boxes or whole moving kits as shown on Kite Packaging’s website. Tip: invest in a tape dispenser gun, so much easier and quicker than scissors and far less frustrating than finding the end of the tape each time you use it.
What you don’t want is to get to your new home and find all the boxes piled up in one room and then need to spend time sorting everything out. If you have ever moved home you will recognise the sinking feeling when you realise you need something that you have packed – good labelling can save hours of frustrated rummaging in boxes. You can use coloured labels for certain rooms such as the kitchen, living room and bedrooms and make sure the right boxes go to the right rooms from the outset. Don’t forget to highlight any box that contains fragile objects to avoid the potential for breakages.
Don’t Forget the Mail
One thing that many people forget about during a move is the mail. You want to make sure that utility providers and other services have been informed of your change of address. As diligent as you are, there will always be one or two people you forget to inform of your move. Make life easier and get your mail forwarded for a while by the post office. You can do this online for a small cost and it’s worth the effort, after all it only takes a single piece of forgotten mail to give undesirables an opportunity to steal your identity.
With these time and sanity saving tips you will soon be enjoying your new home, now you just need to figure out where everything is going to go!