Moving house can be a difficult process for individuals and families. With the help of these 5 tips, your life will be made a lot easier.
Each year, 9.8 percent of Americans move house. On top of this, 60 percent of these people move during the summertime, which is between May and August.
In the post-pandemic era, where many people have grown tired of their homes, this number is likely to increase in 2022 and 2023 – and might even be the reason why you’re moving home.
Whatever your specific reason is, you will naturally want to experience a stress-free and happy move, especially if this is your first time doing so.
With that said, here are 5 tips to use.
- Plan the Difficult Items First
When moving house, some household items are more difficult to move than others.
Take mattresses, for example. Mattresses need a lot of care and protection, as they’re prone to damage and are easily exposed to bacteria. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to store a mattress when moving.
On top of this, make sure to also create a checklist for other difficult items, from your television to fish tanks. It’s recommended that you invest in high-quality boxes as well as protective foam to ensure extra security.
Remember, if your items get damaged during the moving process (and you aren’t insured), this will ruin the entire experience for you. It’s always better to be on the safe side by planning ahead of time.
- Hire a Removals Company
Usually, people will hire a removals company when they’re moving homes. The reason for this is simple: it takes a huge weight (literally) off your shoulders.
Depending on the amount of furniture and belongings you’re taking with you, it might be possible to hire a smaller company that can transport everything in one journey. However, if this isn’t plausible, you will need to hire a large van that’s capable of the job.
Remember, if you have a spacious car (such as a 4×4), it’s highly recommended that you make use of it. By moving the seats forward, you can create space in the back for extra belongings. Although it doesn’t sound like much, this can save you time and money.
- Donate Belongings You Don’t Need
Moving house is a very emotional process for the average person. After all, you’re waving farewell to a place you’ve called home for multiple years – so it’s more than likely going to make you sad.
Naturally, some homeowners fall into the trap of feeling like they have to take every household item they’ve ever purchased with them. This is never a good idea, especially when you know these items will never get used in the new house.
This is why it’s best to view everything practically. If you have belongings that you know you won’t use (and they don’t have any sentimental value), then you should donate them to a good cause. Not only does this benefit you (as you won’t be under as much pressure when moving) but it also benefits those in need. There are lots of charities that accept household belongings and clothing items, so make sure to scout the best ones in your town.
- Carefully Label Each Box
It’s completely normal for mistakes to occur when moving. For example, a precious item such as a piece of jewelry might suddenly get misplaced, which then leads to everyone panicking. It’s happened to everyone at some point.
Luckily, you can make life easy for yourself by carefully labelling all of your moving boxes. When they’re labelled, it drastically reduces the odds of anything getting lost or misplaced.
Plus, for extra sensitive boxes, you can add different colored labels (such as red ones) so that it is immediately obvious to carriers that they need to be delicate with their handling.
- Use External Storage Units
Lastly, it might be smart idea to use external storage units.
Across the US, there are hundreds of storage units to choose from. They’re a great option if you need somewhere to store specific items (such as collectables and art pieces) until you figure out what you’re going to do with them. For example, your new home might not have the proper storage space available for them yet.
For a stress-free movie, make sure to use all of these tips. Good luck with your move and remember to plan, plan, plan. The more planning you do ahead of time, the easier the process will be.