Moving into a new house is really, really hard work. Here are some things you can do in advance to make it just a little bit easier on yourself.
- Decrease Your Belongings
Analyze all your belongings and categorize them to keep, donate, trash, or store. It may be difficult getting rid of things you’ve had for a while, but don’t be afraid to be harsh. Anything that you don’t think you will use for a few months at your new place should be in the store pile. Anything that you’re not sure that you’ll ever use regularly should be marked for donation, or be tossed directly into the trash. There is no point going through the work and expense of moving something if you’re only a little sure that you’ll ever use it again.
- Clean Your Home
This won’t save you work, but it will move some work out of the hectic post-move period of time. Do any cleaning that you can before the movers come. This could include yard maintenance, wall washing, and cleaning the oven and toilets. After that, you only have to worry about a few minor cleaning tasks at your old place and unpacking things in your new place.
- Rent Plastic Boxes
Rent plastic boxes instead of cardboard ones. Plastic boxes are sturdier, more re-usable, better for the environment, and often cheaper. They also keep their shape and protect fragile items, saving your things from the hands of rougher movers.
- Arrange For Wardrobe Boxes
Wardrobe boxes are big standing boxes that let you transport your clothes without standing them up. Moving companies can bring them on the day of your move and pack them then and there. This will save you some time both in folding and in ironing your clothes.
- Put Together A Bag Of Necessaries
Moving companies sometimes hit hiccups. Make plans for what you will do if your belongings arrive a few days late. Put together a bag with additional clothing, sleeping bags, medications, toothbrushes, and other necessities in case something goes wrong.
- Change The Locks On Your New House.
Your new house will need new locks to ensure your family’s security. Even if you trust the previous owners, they may have lent out the key at some point and forgotten about it. Changing the locks before you move in saves time afterwards.
- Have The Furnace And Hot Water Tank Serviced
Servicing the furnace and hot water tanks, instead of having them filled with your family is easier in an empty house. It will also slightly decrease your risk of fire in the first few days.
- Imagine Your New Life
Keep an exciting image in mind! Although moving is hard, remember how wonderful your new life will be.