Moving to a new house is simultaneously incredibly exciting and incredibly stressful. You’ve got a fresh new start ahead of you in a brand new house and a brand new location but you’ve got to deal with the pain of moving from one home to another. There are a million different variables to consider and packing is only one of them. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the entire process then this following guide might just help you prepare for a big house-move and everything that comes afterwards.
Plan the packing process.
It’s so important to have a checklist and organizational plan for packing up your possessions. This isn’t like going on a vacation; you’re bringing absolutely everything with you. And whilst it might sound as simple as putting things in boxes, you need to avoid the trap of packing everything in a disorganized way. Think ahead to arriving at your new home. You want to be able to unpack everything as quickly as possible so that you can get settled, and you’re going to find that it’ll take far longer if you’re confused as to which boxes contain which possessions. Most importantly, you want to keep track of everything. You want to tick off items on your checklist as you pack them so that you know you’ve got everything you need. Make sure you label boxes and keep similar possessions together.
Get help where needed.
Family and friends should be more than happy to help you with this big new chapter of your life; if you’re moving with your family then they’ll definitely be a big help. You might need their help not only with the heavy lifting but in terms of deciding which things you should keep or throw out when it comes to some of your older possessions. You may not necessarily be a hoarder but most homeowners end up collecting an array of things over the years which they never really use or need. It’s only when you start to pack things up ready for moving out that you’re truly confronted with the question as to whether you should keep certain things or not.
Your loved ones can be a big help when it comes to mental support during this stressful time. Of course, when it comes to the more practical side of packing up and heading off to a new house, you’ll want to look into selecting a good moving company to help you with the process. It’s crucial that you get this part of the planning process right because you want to know that you’ve got reliable help on hand when the big day finally arrives.
New things for the new house.
The goal is to bring as many of your old possessions as possible to fill your new home and avoid additional costs, but there will be some new purchases that you’ll have to consider. Getting new locks is always a smart idea because you really don’t know who has keys to your new home. It’s a matter of basic safety and security, really; think about changing the keys to front doors, back doors, and even the garage.
Prepare your new house.
Before you unpack all your many boxes, you should take the time to prepare your new house. You won’t get the chance to see this place entirely empty again unless you go to a lot of unnecessary effort and hassle, so you should use this time wisely. Start by cleaning and tidying every room thoroughly because there’s a chance it won’t have been left in pristine condition by the previous owners. This involves more than scrubbing floors. You’ll also want to think about repainting all the walls and ceilings in a fresh coat of white paint. It’s not just about covering cracks, smudges, or stains but also giving your brand new home that brand new feeling; fresh white walls reflect sunlight and serve to brighten your house too.
You’ll also want to get all the technical aspects of your house sorted out before you move in. You’ll want to make sure you have clean heating and cooling systems, first of all. Of course, it’s important to make sure these things are serviced before you move in too (this should be a regular occurrence after that). The last thing you want is for a boiler to let you down when you’ve barely moved into a place.
You may not yet know of the exciting challenges which await you at your brand new house, but that’s part of the fun of it. Do all the preparation you can but embrace the unknown of everything else.