Making a brand new start in your life is quite exciting.
However, the hassle of suddenly having to move all your belongings to your new place may dampen your great expectations. But with a few simple tricks, there’s always something you can do to avoid getting overwhelmed by your relocation.
To get a good head start, here are 5 useful last-minute moving house tips that will prevent your big move from turning into a disaster.
1. Inform your removalists ahead of time
Managing your move all by yourself is one way to get stressed-out.
Hire a trusted removalist team early on to help with your move as they’re skilled in making the process easier for you. Do get a removal quote in advance so that you can fit it into your budget.
Communicate with your chosen removal company and make sure to elaborate on your personal requirements and expectations before booking.
Your removalist should be aware of all the details of your move so that they can give you an accurate total move time and quote. The sooner you have your removal service sorted out, the faster you can work on other important details of your move.
Before hiring a removal company, evaluate their service by asking the following questions:
- Do you have insurance?
- How long have you been in the business?
- How long will it take to move all items?
- Will there be potential additional charges along the way?
- What specific forms of payment do you accept?
- Can you give a binding quote?
- Do you have contact information for when I have to reach out to you during the move?
- Is there a cancellation policy?
2. Have a removal strategy
Creating a plan is the first step to make your move smoother and easier.
Make a list and itemise everything you need to accomplish before your moving day. This will serve as your record keeping system that will also help you keep track of all your belongings.
- Use a notebook or make a computer-printed list of numbers that have enough space for you to write on.
- On every box you pack, place a number. Write down the contents of each box on your notebook or list and make sure it corresponds to the number you placed on the box. Remember to be specific when describing the contents of each box.
- Writing the name of the room the box belongs to is also a great idea
Don’t let a last-minute move paralyse you by getting overwhelmed by all the things you still need to do.
3. Prepare enough packing supplies
Avoid going back and forth to the store and make your life easier by purchasing enough packing supplies.
It’s always better to have extra packing supplies than stress over where you should place your remaining items. With the right tools on hand, you can make packing time much easier.
The basic supplies you’ll need are:
- Boxes in different sizes (or even colour-coded ones)
- Packing tape and tape dispenser
- Box cutter
- Permanent markers
- Packing material such as packing paper, bubble wrap, or newsprint
- Felt pads
- Cleaning supplies
4. Pack only what’s essential
Moving is a good opportunity to organise your household items and get rid of those you no longer need.
As you sort through your belongings, determine which items you should keep, donate or throw out. By eliminating the things you won’t be needing in your new place, it would be easier to pack everything and reduce removal costs in the process.
For an effective packing approach, consider these tips:
- Pack an overnight bag filled with the essentials you will need once you arrive in your new place. This includes a change of clothes, bathroom necessities, sheets, and towels.
- Assign a packing station with a wide open space where you can easily drag and drop items to accelerate the packing process.
- Don’t pack air and wrap each of your items properly with bubble wrap, wrapping sheets, or clothes to avoid damages.
- Consider packing by room to keep your items organised and in the same place. Besides, it’ll also make unpacking more manageable for you. Also, place room names together with the numbers on your boxes.
- Take apart huge items such as furniture to make it convenient for the removal company to load inside the moving truck. Plus, it will help you save more space.
- Place loose items like jewellery and cables inside a Ziploc bag to prevent them from getting tangled. Opt to keep these on your person as they can easily get lost if mixed up with other bigger items.
- Avoid cable confusion by snapping a picture of the setup of your electronics before you start unplugging them.
If packing becomes too much for you to handle alone, be sure to let your removalist know so they can include this service in your agreement and expedite the process efficiently.
5. Transfer or set up basic utilities
If you don’t want to continuously pay for monthly utilities at your old address, make sure to cancel or transfer your accounts to your new place ahead of time. This way, you can arrive at your new home with hot water, Wi-Fi, and electricity running.
Having all your basic utilities ready before your big move will help you adjust in your new place faster.
Save your energy and avoid extra stress by letting expert removalists handle everything — especially the most challenging moving tasks — for you.