It’s common for the stresses of moving to give people severe anxiety and mental anguish for weeks or months as it is considered one of the most stressful experiences we can go through.
Planning in advance for your move and getting organised means less stress and more time to celebrate. For this reason, Highway Bakkie Hire gives you 5 tips for a stress-free move.
Clearing your home of any old, unwanted or unnecessary items before your move can save you time and stress, but it can also save you money. By donating, recycling or throwing away things you don’t need, you’re cutting down on the amount of stuff you need to move.
You should start to prepare by drafting a timeline of the move, which should include a checklist of tasks you need to complete. For instance, two months before you move, you should gain quotes for moving vehicles.
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When you’ve cleared away everything you no longer need, the best thing to start with is the room you use the least. Packing up those rooms, and then using them to store any of the boxes will disrupt your life the least, and allow you to get as much done as possible. Every single box, without exception, needs to be clearly labelled for the move. This ensures the moving process goes smoothly, that nothing gets misplaced along the way, and that you can easily find what you need when you arrive at your new home. Remember, try not to overpack your boxes.
An essential and often overlooked aspect of preparations should be organising the information you will need before, during and after your move. Compile a moving file where documents, dates, contact information and more is stored. Always keep this file at hand — so it doesn’t get lost in the sea of boxes and other paperwork flying about during your move. Take final meter readings, take photos on your phone so you don’t lose any notes you make. It may also be a good idea to create electronic copies of important documents by scanning and saving them onto a USB so you always have access to it.
One of the most important things to bring with you when moving is a toolbox. Think about all of the furniture that needs to be assembled, boxes that need to be unpacked, and pictures that need to be hung. Having basic items like levels, hammers, screwdrivers, and tape measures on hand will help you avoid unnecessary frustration.
Simple mistakes lead to major mishaps. Remember heavy items go in smaller, sturdier boxes. Larger boxes are awkward to hold, which means when you put heavier items in them, you might never be able to pick them up. Plus, standard boxes aren’t built to hold heavy things, so you will need double cardboard or plastic.
Once all your belongings are at your new place, the move isn’t over. Now comes the process of unpacking, which is arguably the most important step. Chaos during the unpacking phase will pursue you for years into your life in your new space, so you need to stay organised and think long-term.
The good news is that packing up and moving doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing event. If you know what you’re doing, it can actually be relatively effortless. Moving isn’t always an enjoyable process, but it certainly doesn’t have to be stressful. Contact us if you need a moving van.