The Best and Worst of Moving!
15 Feb 2021, Lynette McFadden
We ran a competition on our Facebook page and asked the participants to tell us what they thought was the worst thing about moving homes. With over 102 entries, that had us laughing and crying at the same time, we realised being in the business allows us to provide good tips about how to take the stress out of moving, so here they are.
1. Start early. Packing always takes longer than people expect, and doing a little each day is much less stressful than trying to do it all right before your movers arrive.
2. You’re going to need a lot of boxes... and packing materials, and I mean a lot. Whatever your estimate is for what you think you need, double it. Make sure you have boxes in a variety of sizes.
3. Start by packing the rooms and items that are not in daily use. Pack your kitchen last, and label each box clearly with the contents and where you want it in your new home. Be as specific about the contents of each box as possible, especially with kitchen items.
It will make unpacking so much easier. And even though it should go without saying, don’t pack keys, computers, jewellery or important paperwork and make up one box with everything you need to make a cuppa!
4. Plan the spaces. To save time on moving day and to give yourself some peace of mind, plot where you are going to put everything in your new place. If possible, take measurements, especially of key walls or spaces where big pieces, such as wall units or media cabinets, could be placed. You probably will have to improvise a little on moving day, but you don’t want to be debating furniture placement while the movers are being paid by the hour.
6. Clean out now. Nothing motivates people to de-clutter and purge more than having to wrap, pack and unpack all of their possessions. You probably won’t have time to clean out every room or every closet, but if you haven’t used or worn something in a long time or no longer like it, don’t pay the movers to transport it. Set it aside to donate, give away or sell prior to your move.
7. Prepare the new home. Whether you are buying or renting your new home, put some thought into any cosmetic changes that can be made before you move in. Painting will be easier without furniture in the room. Schedule a carpet cleaning at the new place and send rugs out for cleaning a couple of weeks before you move. If you’re considering refinishing floors, you need to do it before you move. And last but not least, thoroughly clean your new home before the move. Once everything is in, it is much more difficult to do a comprehensive cleaning.