When you have finalized the paperwork for your new home, you can then start counting down the weeks until you can finally move into this space. While you might be excited to get settled in your new house, there is always a lot to do before you can finally relax. The moving process can be stressful at times, but there are ways you can make it easier for yourself. If you are dreading packing up your belongings or are worried that you’re not going to be ready to vacate your current property on time, below are the basic steps you will need to take to avoid these problems.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
The best place to start when it comes to packing is to get rid of any belongings that you no longer want or need. You don’t want to take all of this clutter with you to your new home, so make sure you set aside a weekend or a couple of evenings during the week to start reorganizing. For anything that you don’t want to keep, consider donating to charity or selling your items online if you want to make some extra money.
Booking a Moving Company
Using a moving company to help you transport your belongings to your new home might be necessary, and you should make sure you book their services as soon as possible. When you know what you’re moving date is, call around to get some quotes to find a company in your budget. Once you have found a company that you’re happy with, book your slot to avoid disappointment. Some moving companies will also offer assistance with packing your belongings which could be useful for busy individuals.
If you don’t feel that you need a moving company, to assist you because you don’t have a lot of furniture to move, then you might want to consider leasing a van for you to drive instead. Alternatively, you can hire a man with a van to help you transport items. A man with a van is a great idea if you’ve only got one or two bulky items that need moving.
Once you have decided what can stay and what needs to go, you can then move on to packing your belongings in preparation for the move. This process can take longer than you might think, so it’s wise to give yourself plenty of time before your moving date to do this, especially if you don’t have a lot of free time. Start by packing the items that aren’t essentials, like clothes you don’t wear often, decorative items, and perhaps a few kitchen utensils and appliances that you don’t use all of the time.
If you are struggling to get your belongings packed into boxes on time. Consider asking for some help. Your friends or relatives might be willing to come over one evening or afternoon to help you wrap and pack these items. This might even make the process more fun, and you can always offer them dinner or a drink as a way to say thank you.
Cleaning The Property
It’s a basic courtesy to leave the property you are currently living in good condition for the new residents. If you are leasing this space, it can also impact whether or not you get your security deposit back, so this is why cleaning the home before you leave is important. This process is likely easier once you have finished packing, as there won’t be as many objects in your way. You can also hire professional domestic cleaners to do this for you if you don’t have a lot of time, or you simply feel too exhausted after everything else to do this.
If possible, you might also want to consider cleaning your new property before you move in. This will only be an option if the home you are moving into is vacant and you have the keys before your official moving date. If you plan to do any decorating in your new house, this could also be a good opportunity to do this before you move your furniture in, as you will have a lot more space to work with.
Securing the Property Before You Leave
Finally, when you move out of your current home, make sure that you are leaving the property secure, especially if it will be empty for a few days until the new residents move in. Check that all of the windows and doors are closed and locked and that any alarm systems are set. You must then remember to hand over any keys to your landlord or estate agent so that they can pass them on to the new residents.
If you are planning to move house in the next few months, use this guide to help you cover the basic steps of packing up and moving your belongings to your new home.