Make a budget:
On the outset, take a moment to think realistically think about the costs involved and make sure you set out a clear budget of how much you are expecting to spend. By making sure you have all your bases covered you will avoid any unexpected costs down the track. Moving is a costly business and even miss calculating the cost of extra boxes and tape can become a headache, so plan ahead factoring in incidentals to avoid being caught out.
Don’t scrimp on removalists:
Whilst it may be very tempting to get some of your friends together and hire a budget truck to move your life from A to B, scrimping on removalists can be a costly affair if things don’t go to plan (and there are always some hiccups when it comes to moving). Hiring a professional will ensure that your goods are moved and stored correctly in the the truck so that they don’t fall or break in transit, they provide insurance in the event that anything is damaged in transit and can be confident that your move will be done in a timely and reliable way… and for those busy people who don’t have time to pack themselves, a professional removalist can add in this service for you.
Always make sure you get a comprehensive quote before you commit to a removalist and check the fine print before signing the dotted line to make sure you are not lumped with hidden costs if the move takes longer than planned or if you require addition boxes.
Take some leave from work:
Moving your house, no matter if you a single living in an apartment or a family of four, is a huge undertaking. Never underestimate how much time and effort you will need to put in to get your house ready to move and unpack on the other end. Make sure you take sufficient leave from work to minimise stress levels and that you come out the other side in one piece.
Use it as a time to simplify your life:
Moving house is the perfect opportunity to do a cleanout of all the things you no longer need or more importantly don’t use. Found something you put in the cupboard last time you moved? Throw it out! Still holding onto some toys from the kids that they haven’t played with in years? Time to go! By decluttering your life as you are packing will not only lighten your load when moving but also gives you a great excuse to clear out any unnecessary belongings that you have been holding onto.
Pack smart and keep note:
Packing your boxes correctly is the best way to ensure things won’t get damaged in the move. Put heavy items at the bottom of the box and use the top half for small and light items. Make sure you label the contents of every box so it can be put in the correct room in your new home and mark anything with breakables as fragile. It is also a good idea to create an itemised list of the contents of each box in the event you need to make an insurance claim with the removalists – and it will also help you figure out which box you packed the kettle in when you need a cup of tea before you start to unpack!
It is no secret that moving is a stressful experience but if you tackle it bit by bit with a clear plan, you will protect yourself from any unnecessary stresses and make the process as easy as it can be!