Moving house is an exciting and stressful time for all of us. Leaving behind the area you know and love together with everyone in it is tough enough as it is – but what about all the packing and organising prior to the move?
While it is difficult to ensure that you settle in nicely and get comfortable as soon as possible, we can make your life a little bit easier by reducing the number one stress factor: packing, shipping, and actually moving.
Here is a handful of the best ways to make your move a lot more efficient by cutting the biggest costs. So sit down with a calming cup of something, clear your mind, and get ready for the big move right away.
#1 Pack the least used items first
The first things you’d do before the actual move is, of course, to pack all your belongings. No matter how you choose to organise it, try to pack the items you’re least likely to need first. That way, whatever you really need is always at the top of the box and you save yourself a lot of time and hassle when you finally arrive at your new home.
The same goes for the boxes with the least used items when it’s time to stack them in the van, by the way; make sure the most important ones are at the front so that you don’t have to wait for everything to be unloaded before you’re able to get ahold of your toothbrush.
Another great tip for those arriving a bit late in the evening is to prepare a box of stuff you’ll need as soon as you get there. This may include a few plates, some cutlery, toiletries, bed sheets, and chargers so that you don’t have to dig through all of your belongings when you’re tired and just want to go to bed.
#2 Find a helping hand
We’ve talked about how you should pack to save time, so let’s take a look at how you can save some money while you’re at it. One of the biggest expenses of moving house is, undoubtedly, the transportation; try to ask someone you know if you don’t have too much stuff as it will save you a lot of money. It helps to offer some sort of food as a thank you, though, or even compensate them with some cash as it will still cost you less.
If you have a lot of heavy furniture you may have to ask for help from the professionals. Use Shiply to get an overview of quotes so that you’re able to find the best possible price for the move – and remember that some companies charge a lot more than others.
Ask the movers to place the boxes in the middle of the room instead of putting them against the wall, by the way, as it saves you the hassle of moving the boxes when you’re assembling furniture.
#3 Sell and donate as much as possible
Some might prefer to keep a lot of their stuff in order to save money while others sell it to equip their home with new furniture. How you do it is up to you, but remember to get rid of everything you’re not absolutely sure that you’ll need.
The sooner you do it, the less it will be for you to pack – and you can tick one more thing off your to-do list.