Moving house can be a real nightmare, particularly for people who are attempting it for the first time. Even people who are fairly organised and on the ball with these big projects can find that relocation quickly turns into a long and chaotic ordeal. In many cases, the troubles all begin with poor time management, and a plan of action that’s full of holes. If you’ve got the big day marked on the calendar, and you want to minimise your stress as much as possible, here’s a list of the most common mistakes which will turn your move into a nightmare. Steer away from these, and your move will turn out so much easier.
Just like any other big project, trying to simply “wing it” when it comes to moving is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. Adopting this foolhardy attitude to your move, and approaching it without a solid plan in place, will leave a lot of room for things to go wrong, and bump up the stress levels of everyone involved. With all kinds of things to consider, from the cost of hiring home movers to arranging pet and child care, this is one project that you really can’t afford to wing. By starting as soon as possible; developing a comprehensive plan for the move that covers every little facet of it, you’ll help yourself keep organised and on-task, leaving less and less room for letting little details slip through the net.
Overlooking Travel Time
Scheduling in your trips from point A to point B is a good start, but have you thought about the time it takes to load, unload, and most importantly actually travel? Traffic conditions are a factor that you’ll have no control over, and they’ve been known to sabotage even the most well-organised plans. Also, as you probably know, it’s an immediate way to up your stress levels. If you underestimate or totally dismiss the importance of getting timing right, you’ll damage your productivity, and could land your moving party in the middle of peak-hour traffic. On the other hand, taking the time to calculate firm estimates of departure and arrival can be a big help in helping you bypass the obstacle of traffic.
Forgetting to De-Clutter
In our modern consumerist culture, it’s pretty common for people to hoard possessions they haven’t had any use for in over a decade. If this sounds familiar, it’s time for a big pre-move declutter. One of the best things about moving house is that it gives you the perfect opportunity to take stock of everything you own, and get rid of all the stuff you really don’t have any use for anymore. A good rule of thumb when you’re going through different items is considering whether or not you’ve used it in a year. Aside from tools and similar things that can be a life-saver in certain situations, if you haven’t needed something in a year or more, it’s generally safe to throw it out, sell it, or donate it to a charity. When you go through your home and have a big purge, you’ll make your whole move cheaper, faster, and most importantly, less stressful.
Leaving Packing Too Late
If you know that you have a tendency to leave things until the last minute, then you may already be committing one of the most common moving sins: waiting too long to begin packing. Sure, you can get by with a last-minute mentality when you’re packing for a holiday, but when it comes to moving house, it’s only going to make life harder. You should really begin packing as soon as you know for certain that you’re going to be moving house. Start off with the non-essential items that you aren’t going to have much use for between now and the big day, labelling the boxes as you go. Then, go from room to room, packing boxes according to the room they’re going to, and remembering to label them. If you pack in a disorganised way, you’ll spend a long time in the new place tearing open box after box, with no idea of where this or that item is.
Forgetting to Write an Inventory
Writing out an inventory of all the stuff you own may sound like a step too far, but it’s a relatively simple step that will help to streamline your move and prevent chaos from ensuing, both during the actual move and when you’re trying to get settled in at the new place. Get out a notepad, and list everything as you pack it under sub-headings of the room they’re going to. If you’re using several boxes to a room, number them and put the corresponding number on the list. Obviously, you don’t need to number every single plate and mug you’re taking with you, but having a system like this can be very handy when locating kitchen utensils, tools for putting flat-pack furniture together and so on.
Not Packing a First-Day Survival Kit
Even if you’ve got a pretty strong resolve, moving house is going to take its toll on you, both physically and mentally. As we’ve already established several times, preparation well in advance is the key to avoiding any kind of moving-day nightmares. You should polish your preparation all off with a moving-day survival kit, full of everything you’ll want immediate access to when almost everything else you own is taped up in boxes. Pack all the essentials, such as toiletries, painkillers, a change of clothes, some snacks, your phone charger, the keys to the new place, and any important documentation you might need. It’s also good to have a few takeaway menus for the area you’re moving to. You’re probably not going to want to cook anything when you’re finally over the threshold of your new place. With all these things within easy reach, you’ll prevent one more stressful scenario of having to go through all your boxes right in the middle of your move.
Avoid these moving blunders, and you’ll dodge a lot of the stress that mars some people’s house moves.