Not only is moving out of your home or city physically draining, but it brings with it a rush of emotions as well. Leaving a place you once called home is extremely difficult because it’s the home you made memories in.
Some good, some bad, but memories nonetheless. Dealing with the emotional aspect is one thing, but managing the logistics and other parts of moving out are extremely taxing. Packing, loading, making payments, etc., there’s a lot to think about.
This article aims to help make the process easier for you since it’s essential to streamline the process and do things smartly. So without further ado, here are five things you should consider when shifting homes.
Get rid of what you don’t need
Far too many of us have useless belongings in the house. One can find excess stuff scattered in various parts of the house that aren’t useful anymore but still there for no reason whatsoever. Many of us are guilty of hoarding things we cannot use, from excess clothes to disintegrating furniture.
The worst part is that It reduces space for other more essential things in the house. Belongings that don’t immediately serve a purpose, but we may consider using them in the future. The best thing you can do if you’re stuck in a situation like this is rent a self-storage facility.
With the help of storage units you can put away all extra belongings that you see yourself using in the future. It’s also a great way to store things you can’t part with because of emotional sentiment.
It would be best to rent a storage facility nearby so that you can retrieve your belongings as soon as possible. No one wants to drive 45 minutes in one direction to get a crockery set!
Clean the new house in advance
The landlords would have most likely cleaned the place, but you might want to consider doing it yourself if they haven’t. Before the boxes and furniture come in, the floors are barren, and you may want to clean them.
Dust, mop, and wash whatever you can before all your stuff comes in. You might not get the chance to clean so profoundly again. It would be best to spray pesticides before you shift in as it will keep you safe from vermin and other insects around the house.
Start with the bathrooms first. It’s awkward to use a bathroom in a pre-owned house that isn’t cleaned, so scrub away. Cleaning the place yourself is also a great way to make the place comfortable for yourself. It helps you settle in and make you feel like you are at home.
Call the moving company in advance
The last thing you want to do is wait till the last minute to call the movers. Without a moving company, you can find yourself at a loose end because you can’t transport all that furniture on your own and if you stay any longer, you will have to pay a fine.
It would be best to call them up to a month in advance and book their services for your moving date. You can look online to find movers that service the area and call the one you think best suits you. Moreover, you might save if you book them earlier before rates start changing, which they do when demand increases.
When it comes to moving, calling a dedicated service not only makes it easier but it’s safer as well. There is less chance of damage to your belongings if you choose a professional moving company over doing it yourself.
Unpacking is confusing
Unpacking can be complicated if you haven’t labeled the boxes in advance. You want to pack according to each room and label them accordingly. For example, ‘books from the brown cabinet’ helps you narrow down what’s in the boxes and where they go once unpacked.
It would be best to assign responsibility to your family members to pack accordingly. Each of your children can pack their rooms up and label the boxes themselves. Not only does this make the process a lot easier for you, but it helps teach them a sense of responsibility.
Labeling is one of the best ways to streamline the process and to make things less confusing. It also helps the movers unload the boxes according to the rooms so that you don’t have the fumble with the boxes later on.
Running low on a budget
Always set a realistic budget for the moving process. We often forget about variables that may spring up and the need to be accounted for in advance. Something as simple as buying pizza and a few beers for your buddies should be accounted for in the budget.
Most people don’t consider the need for new internet and cable service before moving either.
Remember to pay the utilities in your current house and the new home when you shift in. Plus, clearing all maintenance costs in the existing house and putting a security deposit down in the new place.
We can see that the total amount increases as we think of more things. If the extra costs seem overwhelming, give it a thought. If not, save up another month or so and then commit to the move. Finding yourself caught penniless while shifting to a new place leads to a complicated situation.
Moving is a highly stressful task, but you can make the process easier with these tips. Pick and choose what suits you best and watch how things streamline themselves during the move. We understand that this is a stressful time, but it would be best to keep your chin up and look forward to the potential of the new house.
You get to make new memories and call this place home. Once you unpack and set the place, things are going to change instantly.