Moving house tends to be a long-drawn-out process. There is so much to be done, and doing it all takes time. From figuring out the logistics involved in getting your family ready for the transition, moving house can be both a scary as well as an exciting prospect, albeit a lengthy and time-consuming one. Most people find that moving house disrupts their lives, temporarily throwing it off kilter. But with these ten amazing tips from some international movers, you can manage to save a lot of time when moving house.
Make a quick visit to your new house to inspect and make sure that everything is in working order (lights, the oven, etc.). If there’s something that needs to be taken care of, you can do it before you move all your things into the new house. Once you make the move, your only concern should be unpacking and settle in and not change light bulbs or call the plumber to have the shower fixed. Getting these things sorted in advance will help you settle down quicker, without wasting time.
Yes, you can do the packing yourself. But you need to decide on your priorities. Is your priority saving time or saving money? If you want to save time, then the best option for you is to hire professional packers and movers. They will get the job done efficiently, making the whole process stress-free for you. Packing up the things is easily one of the most time-consuming processes involved when it comes to moving. So outsourcing this job to professionals will cut down on your moving time substantially. Make sure all the boxes are labelled, giving you a clear idea of what its contents are (e.g. utensils, toys, stationery, etc.), making unpacking them later so much easier and quicker.
Thoroughly cleaning your old place, from top to bottom, can take forever to do. Hiring a professional cleaning service to do the cleaning instead is a smart move if you are strapped for time. While you’re at it, also hire someone to steam-cleaning the carpet. Most rental agencies require you to steam-clean the carpet and provide them with proof (the receipt) that you did it.
One of the most important things to do when moving is to find a babysitter to watch over the kids. Children tend to get very excited and hyper when faced with all the boxes and people carrying things to and fro. This means that instead of supervising the packing and moving process going on, you might find yourself chasing your kids around, trying to make them sit still in one place. This can be an aggravating for both you and your kids. To make it easy on everyone, find someone to keep the kids engaged. You can either hire a babysitter to watch over the kids, or request one of your friends to take your kids to their place while you concentrate on getting the move done in time. The same thing applies to pets.
Moving can be particularly stressful for pets because they get confused with all the things that happen. Furthermore, seeing strangers in the house doesn’t help matters. Find someone to watch your pet, playing with them and petting them.
Plan the move as early as you possibly can. Check with your movers to find out what the earliest shift that they can do. Beating the traffic on the road and getting things done early can make a whole lot of difference to your entire moving experience.
Most post offices offer a change of address service. If you have a lot of companies and organisations that need to be notified of the address change, then opting for this post office service will help you save time.
There is nothing worse than searching for a few nuts and bolts in a huge pile of boxes. So be smart and store all the nuts and bolts (removed from the furniture while dismantling them) in a zip bag. You can then tape that zip back securely to the underside or bottom of the furniture. By doing this, when it’s time to assemble the furniture, you will know exactly where to look for those small parts.
If you are doing the packing yourself and are not sure how to pack lamps and other oddly-shaped items, feel free to call up your moving company and ask them for suggestions. Most movers will be more than happy to give you their insight as to the best way to pack such things. You can either ask them and then pack your lamp in a few minutes, or you can keep trying to pack it in different ways, over and over again, getting more frustrated by the minute. So make the call.
Don’t assume your movers will take care of everything. Talk to them to find out what they can and cannot do. There are restrictions and rules that apply when it comes to things such as electronics and plants. You may have to transport these items yourself or simply dispose them and buy new ones. Figuring all this out in advance will help save a lot of hassle and last-minute confusion.
Let your real estate/rental agent know a week or more in advance of your move. Provide them with the exact date and time. You can email them the details and then call them up and inform them that you have sent an email. Sending an email ensures that both parties are aware of the date and time and that there is no room for any complications or miscommunication in the future.
So there you go ten great tips for helping you save time while moving.