Most people totally freak out at the thought of a house move.
It’s confronting and supposedly one of the most stressful things you can do. In fact , it’s just on the stress scale below divorcing!
Having moved more times than I’d like to remember, I’ve become quite an ace at it and rather than feeling overwhelmed and terrified by the thought, I totally embrace the act of moving as a deep cleanse on every level.
Over four years ago, I had managed a total of 7 moves in 7 years! I have been happily settled in my current home for numerous years but I probably still have a couple of moves left in me.
So rather than go ashen at the thought of it, here are my top tips to help your move feel cathartic and seamless.
If you have purchased your new apartment/home be sure to have a very thorough final inspection to ensure everything is in working order prior to your settlement and move. Follow protocol and get all relevant checks suggested.
When I moved into my brand new apartment, which had never been lived in, I did a final inspection. What I didn’t consider was the ceiling cavity and state of the new air conditioning system. When I came to do my first routine maintenance on the unit they told me I had no filters covering my unit. I had to cough up around $300 to have the filter fitted, so be warned, it’s worth being thorough.
Nominate a competent and well regarded settlement agent.
Call all services you need to terminate at your current address and notify them of your new address, move date and commencement of services as required.
Once you have signed on the dotted line to either rent or buy your future home begin to mentally think about beginning the de-cluttering process.
Much like your wardrobe, this requires some mental gymnastics. Begin room by room, drawer by drawer. Be ruthless and create three piles – one for keeps, (to be boxed), one for disposal and one for `maybe’.
Be organized and committed. You MUST begin this process early on, so if your settlement is 60 days, give yourself a week’s grace to think about things and then begin this process. You will love yourself for this decision, put into action, the day you actually move.
Decide on a reputable removalist within your budget. Word of mouth is always a good way to go. Ask around as, without a doubt, you will know of someone who has recently done a move. Assess whether it is worth you having insurance for your move. If you are transferring expensive items this may be necessary.
Have some boxes delivered so you can begin to pack each room as you de-clutter. Your best friend will become a thick, black marker pen and tape in a dispenser. Mark each box clearly, with some detail, as you will forget when 50+ boxes arrive to be unpacked.
Consider buying, or ask a friend to borrow, a shredding machine. If you work from home or have an office, this can be an onerous area. We collect so much stuff and do you really want to transfer this paper work and excess baggage into your new life? Go through all your files, photos, birthday/xmas cards – be ruthless and shred away. Create a document box to house all your important documents and information, ie; passports, wills, bank details, shares, loans, etc.
Be as organized as you can be, if things need cleaning or washing or sorting, do it in the home you are leaving, so when you arrive at your new dwelling, you are not putting more pressure on yourself to do after the move.
Be ruthless in the kitchen. This is an area where we tend to accumulate so many gadgets and pieces of equipment we simply never or rarely use. If you haven’t used something in the past two years, there is a high chance you never will again, so throw it out or give it away.
Contact the Good Samaritans or any other services you may like to pass furniture, goods, clothing on to. They will come and collect so organise a date and time for collection.
If you have pets, a move can be distressing for them. Take your pets to a family member or friends for the day or if that doesn’t work try your local vet and have them live in for the day.
On moving day have a box/plastic tub organised with all phone chargers, phones, laptops, chargers, essentials, toilet paper, basic cleaning kit, tea towels, hand towels, food for the day of the move, tea bags and milk etc, so you can be less stressed on the day. Place this somewhere prominent and access as needed.
Bottom line, have a positive outlook, look for the silver lining in this move and see it as an excellent opportunity to de-clutter and move on things that aren’t going to add value to your new life.
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