Think about what you want
Considering what you want from your new home is the first thing you'll need to do. We've all been through small & big changes in our lifes since the beginning of this year. Maybe you started working from home and you need a better work space, maybe during the lockdown you wish you had a balcony or a yard. Whatever it is listing what you want and need is a wonderful way to start organising your thoughts.
Where do you want to move
Considering that remote working is here to stay, it may be the time you should reconsider where you want to live. We all used to make this decisions by considering in our work place location, giving up other needs by prioritising the workplace location, which now might be less relevant- maybe now you can move by the lake or the park you always wanted to live by and considering different options.
Organise your belongings
Before you start packing conduct a thorough room by room survey to determine what you plan to keep, sell, and donate. You must be firm in this stage, go through every room with two big bags; one for charity and one for junk. Anything that has not been used in more than a year has to go, either to the donation bag or to the waste bag. Or, if some items are too valuable to throw away try selling them. A lighter load means not only an easier move but less to pack & unpack. You need to start doing so at least two weeks before the move so that you have enough time to drop the charity bags.
Compare removalists prices
It seems like the news is constantly saying prices are dropping, but you can't see it in your local area. You can compare moving house quotes in order to get a better idea on moving prices in your area.
This will help you work out if you can afford moving with a professional removalist or DIY by renting a moving truck and save on your move.
Hire a professional moving company
Hiring a moving company makes a big difference when it comes to stress. Choosing reliable professional removalists to do this job for you, takes a lot of pressure out of your hands and gives you more time to rethink and consider other manners or just to relax. Plus, Hiring an expert is the best way to minimize effort and maximize efficiency. Professional moving companies know the best ways to properly wrap furniture, how to carry it around tight areas, up or down the stairs and through door frames. Most importantly, how to properly pack your items and load & unload a truck to save the most space and keep the furniture safe during transportation.
PIck the right moving date
Hire your movers at least a month in advance so you can plan accordingly. It is highly recommended to book your move with a flexible schedule. Moving companies are normally busy on weekends, so if you can skip the Saturday chaos and schedule your move for a Tuesday, you might get a significant discount.
Don't leave packing to the last minute
Arrange for appropriate and well-suited temporary accommodation at destination before your move to ensure that you are comfortable while waiting for your new home to be available.
Create a number system
You can create a number system If you want to take your box labelling a step further. As you pack up a box, take note of every single item inside of it. Write the list in a Google doc, or use a handy organizing app like sortly and then give the box a number.
There are two major benefits to this genius strategy:
1. You can go straight to box num.11 with the speakers instead of digging through every "electrical" box just to find it.
2. You'll know the total number of boxes you're transporting so you can check to see if one goes missing or is stolen.
Save space when packing clothing
Clothing can be one of the most time-consuming elements of packing. The most important thing is to save as much space as possible with clothes because excess clothing can take up most of the moving truck if you're not careful.
Space saving packing hacks for clothes:
1. Pack hanging clothing in garbage bags by cutting a hole on top of the bag then placing the garbage bag over a grouping of hangers.
2. Roll clothing instead of folding to save space.
Take time to relax
The most important thing if you want an easy relaxed move is off course- to relax. When planning your time, dedicate at least one hour a day to just laying down and not thinking about the moving. You can meditate, watch tv, play a game- whatever works for you to calm down the stress.