If you’re thinking of moving, or if you’ve just moved and are wondering what to do next – then this article is for you. There’s never a shortage of tips on how to move, but here are ten that we think will make the transition as easy as possible.
1) Plan your budget carefully before looking at properties
The first thing you’ll need to do is work out your maximum budget. Only then can you start looking for somewhere that fits with your lifestyle and expectations of a new home. You may be surprised at how cheap it is to rent or buy these days – and will find there’s plenty more money in the kitty than you thought, once you’ve finalized your budget.
2) Get your paperwork in order
Once you have your budget, start looking at the properties yourself and with a real estate agent. You’ll need to be able to prove that you can afford the property (bank statements, pay slips etc.) so get all this together before you start looking rather than scrambling around when the right property comes up. Getting this paperwork together in a big hurry can be stressful and take time away from the fun part of moving – so don’t put it off till last minute!
3) Find a good moving company
You don’t have to physically do the moving yourself. If you prefer, hire a professional company that will come in and do it for you. But make sure they’re good – research them online if necessary and check their reviews. Get an estimate upfront so you know how much it’s going to cost. This can be quite a significant saving on your budget depending on how much you have to move!
4) Don’t leave it till the last minute
You’ll be able to find a moving company that suits your budget and requirements. But do get in touch with them well before the end of your lease – or even better, before you put in an offer on a property. The later it gets, the more likely it is that they’ll be busy with other moves, so you might have to wait longer. You can also save money by booking their services in advance.
5) Don’t move all your furniture and belongings at once
If you’ve got a lot of stuff, consider moving some things by yourself or with friends/family. This could be some items from the kitchen or bathroom, or perhaps a collection of books, for instance. Not only will this save you money but it will also make your move less stressful as you won’t be overwhelmed by the total amount of stuff you have.
6) Plan your packing and unpacking strategically
If you’re moving belongings to somewhere that has a different climate, then think about things like rain suits, umbrellas etc. If you’re moving into an apartment in a city with a lot of crime, then consider putting a lot of your valuables in storage until you have time to move them into a safer place.
7) Consider what you’ll need once you’ve moved in
Things like keys, changeover from your old house to the new, paperwork for utilities, a lease agreement and so on. All of these will be needed at some stage after moving – so make sure they’re all ready beforehand. You don’t want any nasty surprises when it’s all said and done.
8) Make sure you have enough living space
If there’s one thing that makes moving stressful it’s having to live in crowded conditions. So don’t be afraid to think about renting a big house and giving your family or friends the smaller room. This is much better than all of you being crammed into one small area. You can also make good use of couches, chairs and other pieces of furniture to make the place more comfortable.
9) Tell your children about the move
Don’t just spring it on them once you’ve started packing! Let them know well in advance so they can adjust to the idea of moving. It’s also a good opportunity to reassure them that there aren’t going to be any major changes to their lives and that they’ll still be living in familiar surroundings.
10) Stay focused while moving day arrives
Don’t let your family sidetrack you with other things. Focus on the job at hand – working efficiently and calmly rather than rushing around in a stressful fashion. You can take breaks when you need them but try to stay focused on your moving goal.
These are just a few tips on how to stay focused when moving. That way you can have a successful move with less stress and expense. We wish you luck with your move and hope everything goes smoothly.
If you’ve got any more tips on what to do when moving put them in the comments box below.