Buying or renting, let’s face it – moving to a new house is an undertaking that requires a good amount of preparation. Cliché as it may sound, the wisdom in this line still rings true: Preparation coupled with skillful execution equals success – or in this case, a hassle-free transition from one life to another.
To limit, if not totally eradicate, the stress that naturally comes with it, the following are four essential tips to keep in mind when moving to a new house:
1. Plan ahead.
So you’ve got your game plan all figured out – move on Saturday. Oh wait, did you say that’s all there is to the plan? Move on Saturday?
Come on, you can do better than that. A plan should at least include making an appointment with a moving company that comes with a recommendation – recommendation being the operative word.
Remember: Cheap doesn’t always mean cheap. You may be the most charming person in the neighborhood and can get movers from out of town to agree to a very measly fee, but will they take care of your belongings? Can you rest assured that everything you’ve worked so hard for will arrive in one piece?
2. Where are the boxes?
No matter how excited you are about the prospect of finally living in the house of your dreams, never dare cram your possessions whichever way into boxes. Aside from the possibility of breaking fragile items, you won’t be able to maximize the space each storage box provides.
And speaking of fragile items, your ceramic vases, the dainty china set you got as a gift from your grandmother last Christmas – these items need tender loving care, especially when being transported. For this reason, newspapers, bubble wraps and cardboard sheets, like the ones distributed by Kite Packaging, can come in handy to provide extra support where needed.
Remember: Use sturdy boxes. This way, you’d be able to stack them on top of one another with relative ease, without any fear of damage to your belongings and allowing you to maximize the space inside whatever vehicle you’d be utilizing for the big move.
3. Pack early.
Hunter or not, the early bird still catches the worm. Plus, if you pack early, you’ll have ample time to decide which stuff goes with you and which don’t, if any. Sometimes, when embarking on a new chapter in life, leaving excess baggage behind is the only way to start “fresh.”
Remember: If you’re leaving stuff behind, having enough time allows you to give away those belongings you wish to part with to charity or perhaps friends who wouldn’t mind receiving hand-me-downs. You may even set up a garage sale if you so choose. The extra cash definitely won’t hurt.
4. Stick those labels on.
As you are probably aware, a warm bath can be an excellent stress reliever, and a cheap one at that. That said, the last thing you want to do is forget which box your fresh towels and other bathroom essentials went to the moment everything’s unloaded and the movers are gone to enjoy the fruit of the day’s toil.
Remember: Getting setup in your new surroundings is going to be a lot easier if everything is marked accordingly – which stuff belongs to which room, which are fragile, which side of the box should go up to prevent mishandling and so on.
Moving doesn’t always have to be a nightmare-inducing experience. Anticipating events that may possibly arise and having plans in place to resolve issues that can pop up as a result are still your best offense. Indeed, having the “scout” attitude pinned to your lapel the whole time can go a long, long way.
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