There is no doubt that moving to a new apartment or your dream house is never easy. The endless rolls of tape, empty boxes occupying your space, carrying around heavy furniture, and your friends suddenly being unable to help. These are the most common challenges that hundreds of people face every day.
So, to make things easier for your transition, here are a few tips and tricks to make the moving process more enjoyable rather than stressful.
Take care of your belongings in advance
If you’re moving interstate or out of the country, there’s no need to leave your expensive furniture behind. Check with a shipping container company to move your goods to your desired place.
Renting a shipping container to move to a new home gives you the freedom to pack your household items however you see fit, at your own pace. Avoid rushing to load everything into your moving truck before closing time, and let the shipping container bring it right to your front door.
However, suppose you’re a frequent mover. In that case, the prospect of buying shipping containers can benefit you in many ways than simply renting one. For one, having your shipping container will be cost-effective in the long run, reducing cargo shipping costs despite economic uncertainty.
Additionally, having your shipping container is a perfect way to lessen the hassle of a move if you’re too tired of frantically directing your movers to the right room in your new house with various boxes, furniture, etc. The flexibility of moving by container gives you the option of delaying or expediting your move, compared to moving by truck.
Get started packing as soon as possible
When do you plan to start packing? If you’re thinking a week or month, think again! It takes half as long to pack as it does in your head. Additionally, you shouldn’t wait too long to get into your home because the longer you wait, the more stressed you will be.
Start small, but start packing as early as possible. Start with the items you don’t use every day. Then move on to your clothes. Sort the ones you frequently wear from the ones you rarely use, and pack the latter. You should also pack all the out-of-season clothes as it makes no sense to leave your heavy winter jacket on the rack during the summer.
List all the things you need to do
Maintain a master to-do list of everything you need to accomplish on moving day, along with a plan. The process of moving is not an easy one, so don’t expect to keep track of everything you need to do before you settle in. No matter what you use, whether it’s your phone, a notebook, or butcher paper, it doesn’t matter. The key is to find a routine that works for you and stick to it.
Organize Your Pack
Decide on a packing system before you begin putting things away. Many people simply label boxes with the names of rooms or objects, but why not go further? You should color code to see where things go quickly, then break it down into room-specific categories. As you begin to unpack into your new home, establishing a system ahead of time will enable you to work efficiently and quickly organize everything.
Be sure to take safety precautions when handling children and pets
Ensure the safety of young children and pets if you’re moving with them. Keep an eye out for temporary moving-specific hazards and standard things, such as outlets, sharp edges, and open doors and windows.
Avoid accidents by keeping box cutters and scissors out of reach, organizing boxes containing hazardous items such as cleaning supplies or glass in a separate area, and ensuring packing materials aren’t mistaken for toys.
Ensure you have internet set up and utilities are in place
Ensure the utilities are set up before you move in (gas, electric, and water) to avoid spending the first night in the dark. Some businesses allow you to relocate your hosting service; however, the distance you are moving affects this. But occasionally you have to leave one place before going to the next.
You should make such preparations so that it will be simpler for anyone who wishes to visit your new home to do so as soon as feasible.
The best time to deep clean your house is when it is empty. Everything can be tackled, whether it’s floorboards, window sills, cracks, or crevices. A good cleaning is worth your time if you have a few hours before your new house is overflowing with moving boxes.
Make repairs a priority
You will probably need to make repairs if you move into a house without previous owners. Don’t be afraid to walk around to see which tasks you need to complete, even though you should have some idea from your home inspection. You don’t have to start working on these repairs right away (after you’re settled in, you’ll have plenty of time), but it will help you put your repair needs into perspective and give you a better footing when it comes time to get started. Making a list of what needs to be done and in what order you intend to accomplish it will give you a better idea of what needs to be done.
When moving into a new home, there are many things to consider. Getting settled in isn’t just about unpacking. Taking on your homeowner role includes getting familiar with your house, learning how it works, and prioritizing your projects.
No matter how frequently you move or if it’s your first move, having a checklist each time will help you with smooth transitioning. It’s better to get it all right from the beginning instead of waiting and hoping you will figure everything out later.