Take the Stress Out of Moving

12 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Moving

Moving can be really stressful, even if you have done it before. But for those who have never moved, or for whom it has been a long time, having to pack up everything and do all those other essentials before moving day can seem like a nightmare. However, the following tips can cut down the stress and help you move your goods in an efficient and organised way.

  • Pack your essential in an overnight bag to keep with you so you don’t have to search all those boxes when you arrive at your new home. It’s likely to be late and you’ll be tired.
  • If you own a laptop or tablet, keep that with you as well for safety.
  • Pack breakables in clothing to save on bubble-wrap. It will also save you having to pack the clothing in other boxes. But don’t use clothing you will want to wear soon, in case there is a delay in unpacking. Out of season clothing is best. Clean socks are great for glasses.
  • While most things will be packed in cardboard boxes, use a clear bin for those things that you will need first. Being in a different looking container will help it to stand out from all the others and it will be easier to find.
  • Label your boxes by room or by cupboard rather than writing the contents on the box. Unpacking by room also makes the task more manageable.

Friends vs Professional Removalists

Friends vs Professional Removalists

There is no doubt about it, moving costs money. That is why many people ask friends to help them move. They think it will help them to save on the cost of hiring professional removalists. However, this is not always a good idea; what you save can be lost in other ways. And you can run into many different problems.

  • For a start, friends are not getting paid to do this. That means they may not show up if they get a better offer, or if they have other more urgent family business to attend to. And they may not bother to let you know they are not coming. So you will be stranded with a lot of furniture and no one to load it, even if you hired a truck yourself.
  • You need to have a licence and experience to drive a hire truck. If your friends offer the use of their ute or one-tonner remember it probably won’t have a roof. What if moving day dawns and it is teeming rain? Even a light shower can ruin furniture and bedding.
  • Do your friends have training in how to lift properly? If they put their back out and lose work due to injury from lifting your goods you will certainly feel bad about it. Depending on how good a friend they are, they may ask you to pay for their medical costs – or even sue you.

Get Your Bond Back When Moving

How to Get Your Bond Back When Moving

People have to move for a myriad of reasons and often move out of and into a rental home rather than their own. One of the main costs of a move is the bond. You cannot move into a new rental without paying a bond – and if your present rental is not left in spick and span condition you won’t get back the bond you had to pay before moving in.

When it comes to the bond, it’s a good idea to look ahead. This will to some extent ensure that you will get the bond back when you leave. How? Not all rental homes are in a pristine condition before you move in.

They may have:-

  • Stains on the walls or carpets
  • Broken fittings
  • Lights that don’t work
  • Dripping taps or cistern
  • Scratches on the flooring
  • Cracked windows or torn flyscreens
  • Loose towel rails or curtain fittings
  • Ovens that don’t work
  • Cracks in the walls
  • Broken tiles or pathways

If you just move in and take no notice of such things, when you move out you will get the blame for them and lose your bond. So what can you do?

Things to Do Before You Move

More Things to Do Before You Move

While there are literally hundreds of things to do before you move, packing takes up at least 50 of them. But before you can do any of the packing you will need to go through all your stuff and decide what you don’t want to pack. These are things that are now of no use to you for one reason or another.

It could be simply clothes or toys the kids have grown out of or sporting equipment that you no longer have a use for. Or maybe you are moving to a hotter climate from a cold one and won’t need those warm jumpers or doonas any more.

How to get rid of surplus goods

While it is possible to have a garage sale, this takes time to arrange and you have to be there for a whole weekend to put stuff out, sell it and pack up what didn’t sell. It may be easier to sell your unwanted goods on places like Gumtree or eBay, especially if you have an iPhone and can do it basically on the run. If you choose this route, start at least three weeks ahead of your moving date as things don’t always sell quickly.

Keep the prices reasonable. Some people have an overrated idea of the value of their things, which stems from the fact that they used to love them. Other people are not emotionally involved – yet – and so won’t want to pay too much. They shop at such places to get a bargain.

How to Move Your Family

How to Move Your Family

While much information can be found on how to pack and move your stuff, not so much is written about moving your family. For little children, a move into a strange house can be scary, especially the first few nights. Children of any age are always affected by the moods of their parents, so if you are stressed out and irritable they will pick up on this and may become badly behaved as a result.

Here are some tips on how to move your family without going crazy:

  • Make sure you explain to children about the move. If they have to move schools and lose friends, they may be very unhappy. Give them a way of keeping in touch – phone calls, exchanging email address or street addresses, whatever is appropriate to their age.
  • When packing their toys and room, leave out their favourite one or two toys to take in the car and have with them when they arrive. Little children should keep their favourite soft toy.
  • Don’t get rid of their stuff without their permission – or at least, their knowledge.
  • Get them involved in the moving and packing process. Having jobs to do makes them feel important.
  • Get older children to research the new area and find out what they can do and where things are – the schools, public library, skate park, swimming pool, whatever they are interested in.