Relocation can be a daunting task, but what exactly makes it so tiring and stress-inducing? Is it the enormous amount of boxes that need to be packed? Or maybe ensuring that all your belongings are properly loaded and safe? The major reason behind the high stress levels is that moving-related tasks are more time consuming, more expensive and harder to manage than you expected. Although you cannot magically collect all your belongings, transfer them to the new address and then put them in place, you can spare yourself some effort. Here are a couple of tips that will get you ready for the process and will help you tackle every task without undue hassle.
Packing and Unpacking
This is probably the most tedious and overwhelming relocation job. The problem is that you don’t realise how much stuff you own until you start packing. Things will pop up from every nook and cranny leaving you wondering how on earth you are going to fit everything in the professional moving van. The answer is simple – de-clutter! Get rid of the items you no longer use. Make packing and unpacking easier by donating, selling or throwing your unwanted possessions.
Loading and Unloading the Moving Van
You have basically two options – you either hire a removal company or you DIY your move. If you decide to tackle the task without the professionals, don’t do the heavy lifting alone. Ask friends and relatives for assistance. In this way you will avoid inadvertent injuries. Consider investing in some moving tools like hand truck and a dolly to make the hauling easier. Try to make the most of your vehicle by loading it in the most efficient way to prevent unnecessary trips and shifting of items during transportation.
Keeping Track Of Your Home Inventory
You thought that packing and unpacking was stressful. Try finding your kitchen tools in a huge pile of boxes. To avoid such situation always label the content of each box – from appliances and furniture, to electronics and art. You simply put a tag or take it to another level by colour coding the different types of your belongings. Write down on each box where it should be located. Make a list with the exact number of the things that should be delivered to your new home. Keeping track of your home inventory is essential for insurance purposes, in case of theft, damage or natural disaster.
Home Improvement Projects
It’s unusual to find a new home that doesn’t need some final touches or small improvements. Minor repairs and decorating are quite costly and may take longer than you think. They may also disrupt your daily routine so consider having them done before you move in. To make the process even less stressful, you need to find the right tradesmen so do some thorough research or ask your friends to recommend a professional.