October 14, 2015
Moving home can be a stressful time. There is a lot to arrange and organise, and it can be difficult to co-ordinate everything effectively. The key is in the preparation and planning. Making sure that you begin to ready your home for the move well in advance goes a long way to ensuring your big day goes smoothly.
Clearing Out Your Junk
No matter how long you have lived at your current address, be it just a few years or a lifetime, you will have collected a huge amount of useless clutter. Moving represents the perfect opportunity to get rid of it all. A change of residence is the ideal time to start from scratch by removing any items that serve no useful or sentimental purpose from your life.
There are a lot of benefits to de-cluttering your home. As well as making your house cleaner and easier to tidy, you are also lightening your load and preparing for the process of selling your home. The fewer material possessions you have, the less you need to worry about and maintain. You may look around your home and wonder how you could possibly manage without all your knick-knacks and collections, but once they’re gone, it’s surprisingly mentally freeing. Less clutter leads to less stress, and that can only be a good thing.
Even if you’re convinced of the advantages of a de-cluttered home, it can be difficult to know how to start. The most important step is to set a date to begin. Pick a time around a month before your move when you’ll have no outside distractions or visitors. You should also set a deadline for completion too as working under pressure generally makes you more productive.
Prepare yourself mentally to embrace the experience and set yourself ground rules for your purge that you must adhere to. Walk around your home and list everything you need to get rid of, no matter how challenging that decision may be.
When the day for de-cluttering arrives, target one room at a time, and empty every cupboard, drawer and container. Begin with binning unnecessary paperwork and then separate items into things to dump, things to recycle, items to give away and items that can be sold. Offer serviceable unwanted items to friends and family, or donate them to charity.
If you think you have time and could make a profit, why not try selling them on Craigslist or on eBay? When you’re done, your home will be reduced to the essentials and the next step is to begin packing.
Watch this video for some great tips for de-cluttering before your move.
October 6, 2015
Packing up all your belongings and transporting them safely to your new home may seem like an insurmountably difficult task, however with the right preparation and a little planning, you will hopefully discover that the job isn’t as onerous as you first anticipated.
Before you can begin packing, you’ll need to collect together enough suitable boxes and materials to ensure that your valuables can be moved safely and without risk of damage. Large cardboard boxes can often be obtained for free from large supermarkets near your home, and it is well worth exploring that option, as commercially available materials can prove expensive. Don’t forget that you will also need parcel tape, bubble wrap, newspapers for packing, and marker pens to list items inside each box. You also need to check that all of your boxes are fit for purpose and can take the weight of all the items you are planning to put in them.
Start packing in plenty of time to avoid haste and panic. You need to begin at least a month before your moving date, and leave even longer if you live in an especially large property. Take a coordinated approach to avoid confusion and pack your belongings a room at a time. Remember not to pack anything that you are going to need in those last few weeks or you will end up rummaging through boxes, making a mess and undoing all your good work.
If money is no object and you value convenience, consider hiring a professional packing company. As well as providing all vital materials, these expert teams can come into your home and pack everything in a professional manner on your behalf.
Avoid making each box too heavy as you don’t want to suffer any injuries when lifting and carrying. Moving one heavy box may not prove to be too much of a problem, but moving dozens of them will eventually give you back strain or worse. It is also important to remember to put heavy items underneath the lighter ones, otherwise you may find that your delicate valuables are completely crushed by the time you get to your new house.
Put together a box of essential items that you can keep with you to get you up and running as soon as you arrive at your new property. Examples of useful items include pans, towels, toiletries, snacks, tools and a first aid kit.
September 30, 2015
One of the biggest questions is whether you are going to hire a removals firm or whether you can handle the process of moving house yourself. Of course, you can make big savings if you choose to move your belongings yourself, but you need to be aware of what a huge task this is. At the very least, you will need several willing able-bodied helpers and a large enough van to hold your biggest furniture items.
If you are planning on tackling the job independently, take great care when lifting large and heavy items as you don’t want to cause yourself or any of your helpers an injury. Incorrect lifting is one of the biggest causes of back problems, and that is no way to start life in your new home.
You also need to figure in enough time to complete your move as you are unlikely to be able to acquire a large enough van to hold all your possessions in one go. You will almost certainly have to make several journeys and this can take a considerable period of time. It makes sense to have a few helpers at each end, ready to load and unload boxes, as well as someone making a start on unpacking the boxes as soon as they arrive at the new house.
If, on the other hand, you decide to hire a removals company, you need to be sure that you’ve made the right selection. Do your research and check out a range of companies in your area. You should get a good idea about the kind of service you can expect from the firm’s website and any company that fails to offer adequate information should be ruled out straight away.
Get some no-obligation quotes from a few different companies and compare prices. You may find that different firms offer different benefits and you may be able to find good discounts, especially if you require more than one removal van. Make sure that you are getting an equivalent deal with each company, and check the basis on which you will be charged – will it be per hour, by weight, or by how many removal men will be required?
So how do you choose the right removal company? Check out this video for some advice on choosing the right one.
September 21, 2015
So, you’ve just taken the final load off the van and now you’re surrounded by a stack of boxes. It can be easy to just give up and crack open a bottle of wine and leave the unpacking to another day, but it makes sense to get on with the unpleasant task of sorting your possessions out as soon as possible. It may be a horrible job, but the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can relax and enjoy your new home. Here are some tips for unpacking and settling in.
Before you even unload any boxes, you should have made sure that your new home had been thoroughly cleaned. There is no better time to give a property a deep clean than when it’s empty.
Assuming that this task has been completed, you need to arrange your furniture first before you even consider opening the first box. If you have hired the services of a removals firm, you should instruct the staff to place your furnishings in the exact spots where you want them to stay. This saves you the time and energy of shuffling it all around later. Furniture isn’t easy to move, so let the professionals handle it and you can concentrate on sorting out the boxes.
One of the primary purposes of labelling your boxes when you packed them was to be able to place them in the correct rooms once you arrive in your new home. This simple job will save you hours of time as you can simply deposit each box in its correct location without having to dig through each one to find out the mystery items that it contains.
The first task is to open your essentials box and place those key items that you couldn’t manage without. You will be very grateful for those tea bags and cups after a few hours of lugging boxes around.
As you did when packing, you should take a similarly coordinated approach when unpacking and tackle one room at a time. The kitchen and bathroom are the best places to start as they are the rooms that are most essential to your daily life as well as the areas of your home that are likely to see the least change throughout your life in this new property. Bathrooms are also the easiest room to unpack as all the furniture is already in place. You simply need to unpack the toiletry items, put a new toilet roll on the holder, hang the shower curtain and you’re ready to go.
When unpacking your kitchen items, place the appliances first if that has not already been done, and then progress to arranging your cupboards. Plan out where you are going to store everything before you unpack any kitchen boxes so that you have a clear idea of where each item should be placed as this will save you time. You may want to think about placing some convenient hooks around your kitchen if you don’t have enough cupboards or shelves for all your essential equipment. A wall mounted spice rack, or collection of hanging mugs will add a touch of colour to your kitchen decor.
The next step is to arrange your clothing in the wardrobes. This is a relatively simple job to simply unpack and hang on the rails. Then you can close the doors and get on with sorting out all the drawers, bookshelves and cabinets.
Your final task is to hang any curtains followed by pictures and wall hangings. Other accessories and ornaments can then be put in place together with rugs as the final touches. Your new home is then complete and ready to enjoy!
September 17, 2015
Moving is always a hassle, but if you have pets to transfer from one house to another, the stress is magnified. Pets become very attached to their familiar spaces, and so can take very badly to an unusual environment that is suddenly going to be their home. Of course, you are unlikely to have many problems in relocating a hamster or goldfish, but a cat or dog is a different matter.
The important thing to remember when moving with your dog is that you are a lot more important in their life than any house, no matter how familiar. Pay your pet a lot of attention and show that you still love and care for them, and half the battle will be won. That said, you need to maintain familiar routines so that your dog doesn’t get confused. Keeping to regular feeding, walking and bed times helps your dog to settle in more rapidly.
Be sure to keep your pet well out of the way while the movers are arranging furniture and bringing in boxes as they will only impede progress and may become distressed or irritable. Introduce your pet to the local neighbourhood as soon as possible with a walk around the area. This would be best if you could arrange it even before you move in, however if this is impossible aim for as soon as you can after your arrival. During the settling in period, it’s important to spoil your pet and make them feel loved and wanted. Extra attention, treats and play will go along way to easing your dog’s acceptance of their new environment.
Cats are not so easy to move however. Cats are a lot more attached to particular environments than other animals and must be handled carefully during a move. Well before moving day, introduce them to their carrier and if possible, let them visit their new home for a look around to prepare them.
On the moving day, keep your pet in an isolated room while furniture is moved and only put your pet in their carrier at the last moment. Offer plenty of reassurance on the way and once you arrive, again isolate your cat in one room with their familiar bed, toys and food. When your pet shows curiosity and it is safe to do so, let them explore the rest of the house while ensuring the usual feeding routine is adhered to. Remember, the more love you show your pet the happier they will be.