If you are moving to a new house in a different state for the first time, you are probably overwhelmed by everything that you need to do. Fortunately, you are not the first person to move to a new house. Countless people have gone through a similar experience and you can take their advice on how to organize or streamline the process.
Not only that, there are interstate removalist companies that have been part of such an important life change for many. They can advise you on the dos and don’ts of moving to a new home in a faraway place. So, to get you on the right track in preparing for your home relocation, here are eight of the best tips from professional removalists and people who have experience in moving.
- 1 1. Download a moving checklist.
- 2 2. Get around to tasks as early as you can.
- 3 3. Declutter your current home.
- 4 4. Get more boxes than you need.
- 5 5. Buy smaller boxes.
- 6 6. Prepare a travel bag and carry-on.
- 7 7. Place big labels on your boxes.
- 8 8. Hire a highly trusted removalist company to help you out.
- 9 Stress less during your move
1. Download a moving checklist.
Having a checklist really helps if you are moving for the first time, so you will know how to break down the process into different tasks that should be accomplished and a schedule for timings.
Most removalist companies offer such a checklist and you can use it as a guide to help you tackle everything — from calling the utility companies, setting an appointment at the bank, picking up clothes from the dry cleaners and returning books to the library.
2. Get around to tasks as early as you can.
This is effective in keeping your stress level low and ensuring that you are making the right decisions. The problem when you are already in a rush is it’s so easy to compromise just to finish a task. There are people who have said that because they were in a hurry to move, they ended up letting go of precious items, or they ended up paying for certain services at a much higher price.
Also, trying to do too many things within a short period of time is just physically and mentally exhausting.
3. Declutter your current home.
You can take advantage of this opportunity to properly pare down your belongings. Throw out everything that is broken or useless, set aside items that are useful but you do not need, and group together all the items you will be bringing with you.
Once you organize your possessions that will need to be packed for the move, hire a home cleaning service to help you tidy up the home that you will soon be vacating.
4. Get more boxes than you need.
It’s better to have extra boxes on hand because it’s hard to correctly estimate just how many you will actually need, especially if you factor in the different sizes and shapes of the items you own. It is less of a hassle to just put aside extra boxes that you didn’t use than to go out and buy more in a hurry.
5. Buy smaller boxes.
These are the best for smaller items. You can damage-proof your collection of fragile decor, plates, mementos, and other small possessions better if you get them their own boxes instead of stuffing them in a big box with other things. Plus, they would be easier to carry by yourself if you wish to help with moving your packed items from your home into the truck.
6. Prepare a travel bag and carry-on.
These two bags should contain all the important items you need to have with you during transport as well as a few of the essentials for moving into your new home. So what are the items that should make it into your travel bag?
- Your wallet (with your cash, bank and credit cards, of course)
- Important documents
- Your planner
- Keys to the new house
- Extra clothes
- Personal hygiene products
7. Place big labels on your boxes.
Make sure that keywords such as “fragile,” “for the kitchen,” “my bedroom,” will be hard to miss. The labels will modify the way everybody handles the boxes.
Also, to make unpacking much easier when you get to your new home, write down the contents of the box. This way, if certain items do not fit into the box where they should be and they end up getting tossed in a different box, you can avoid going through all the other boxes just to find them.
8. Hire a highly trusted removalist company to help you out.
Even if your budget is tight, you will not regret paying a bit more for the services of trusted removalists. You can have the peace of mind that they know what they are doing to make the process as organized and safe as possible, and all your belongings will emerge out of transport in pristine condition.
Stress less during your move
It always helps to have professionals onboard to help you cover all bases properly and efficiently. Additionally, keep the above valuable lessons in mind to get your first moving experience right. Follow these tips and make the process less stressful so you can focus more on your new life ahead.
Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.