Beat moving house stress with my moving house tips!
If I look at my past experience of moving house with my husband, it seems as though we’ve decided to do it during really busy times where stress was pretty much at it’s peak.
During our first move, we were trying to balance selling a house at the same time as building one and so as soon as we sold, it was all stations GO! We were also planning our wedding. Talk about doing things in threes!
The second move involved moving house with a toddler when Master E was 18-months-old, now that in itself was a challenge.
But what I’ve learnt from these moving experiences is that moving house DOESN’T have to be stressful. It’s all about planning, seeking help and NOT trying to do everything yourself. Often, paying someone to do the hard or annoying tasks is definitely money well spent.
So, here’s a bit of a moving house checklist to help you transition from one property to another smoothly and relatively stress-free.
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If you’ve got weeks or even months until you move, don’t rest on your laurels and wait until the last minute to have a packing frenzy. Plan ahead and start tackling jobs one by one, even if it’s to pack a box a day. Draw up a moving house checklist of what needs doing in the house, and start your packing as early as you can. If you have things, which you don’t use, or you don’t even like, throw them away. Moving house is a fantastic opportunity to have a clear out.
Call in the professionals
Nothing makes moving house easier than professional help. Hiring a removalist company is particularly beneficial if you’re relocating to a different country or state, that’s probably not something that can be done with multiple car and trailer trips! An interstate removalist firm will take care of every aspect of the move for you. From packing up clothes and valuables to dropping off your possessions at your new pad. You won’t have to worry about a thing, and you can focus on other tasks.
Your removalist firm can place the relevant boxes in the right rooms, to make sorting everything out at the other end easy and hassle-free. Mark each box clearly, so you can access everything quickly. You may also wish to make use of additional services, such as unpacking and utility transfers.
Another professional service I absolutely couldn’t have lived without was my professional organiser. Yep, they exist. For an extremely reasonable hourly rate, she packed boxes for me, for example, things from my kitchen cupboards and linen cupboards, and at the new house, she unpacked them and put them away VERY neatly.
Lastly, I can highly recommend getting in a cleaner once you’ve unpacked and put everything away. The amount of dirt and dust that will be traipsed in by removalists and dust from boxes will mean your house will be in need of a good clean. But what a feeling to have everything unpacked, put away and a sparkling clean house!
Take time off
If you can, try not to fit everything into a weekend otherwise, you’ll find yourself both stressed and exhausted. Aim to take time off work either side of your move, it’ll make all the difference because it will enable you to get a headstart with unpacking and restoring some kind of order before going back to work. You know what happens when boxes aren’t unpacked, right? They stay there for a VERY long time.
Although it may seem unenviable at the time, confronting that pile of boxes is a task that must be done. Get the hard work out of the way as quickly as possible, and then you can start enjoying your new home. Set aside a couple of hours, and you’ll probably be amazed at how quickly you can get sorted. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends, family or generous neighbours to lighten the load. Make up an overnight bag with essentials, so that you have everything you need within easy reach. This will save you time and effort when you first arrive at your new home.
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Pay in cash
I remember being caught out when I was paying our removalist company. They gave me a great discount but it was based on me paying cash. So when it came time for me to pay and I handed over my credit card, they kindly reminded me it was a cash only price. Luckily they still honoured the quote. To save any undue stress when it comes to paying the professionals, always clarify if it’s a cash only rate. Better yet, if they can do a discount for cash only, that’s a great way to remove stress from your move!
Part with your pets
Now, a pet fish will probably not pose any issues and perhaps not a bird, but a cat, a dog or chickens, well they could make your move quite difficult. Luckily when we last moved we only had our dog, but still, moving animals to a new place can be hard for them too and the last thing you want to have to do is keep an eye on them and keep them happy. This is why I would suggest doing what we did and put your pet into a pet motel of some sort until you’re unpacked and read for your furry friend to make themselves comfortable.
Yep, there’s a lot to think about but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Get the right help, create some systems and you’ll be sitting down with your feet up and a wine in hand in your new home amazed at how you did it so well!
What are your top moving house tips for staying relatively sane?