Two Key Points to Remember During a Move

Published on Thursday, 10 October 2013

Two Key Points to Remember During a MoveWhen you move from one home to another, you will inevitably find that you have a dozen or more things to cope with than you were expecting before you began the entire job. Between trying to find the ideal new home and put in a successful offer on it, and trying to wrap up all of your business in your old home (getting your deposit back, selling the property, etc.) there is a world of other obligations, details and specific tasks which need to be handled. But if you’re only just about to undergo your first move, and aren’t sure about all of the specifics and details, then it can become very easy to misjudge the situation and overlook important hurdles which you will later have to cross.So what are some essential stages in the moving process which you should be particularly alert not to take for granted or overlook?Well, here are two of the key ones which people fail to account for:(1)    Packing Your Belongings Requires PlanningMany first time movers are prone to dramatically underestimating just how much attention and care they need to give to the whole packing process (and how much time it can take, for that matter). When all is said and done, a quick glance around your home is no good indicator about how much you own or about how long it will take to arrange and pack. Once you’ve gotten around to the process of bringing your various belongings into the open in order to sort and pack them, you’ll quickly realise that it’s best to assume that you have twice as many belongings as you originally thought.That’s only half of the story. The other half is that packing isn’t (or shouldn’t be) just a matter of throwing things into boxes and dragging them over to your new home. Real time and focus should be spend on categorizing your different possessions and putting them into appropriately labelled boxes where the labels describe what’s inside them, as well as which room they should go into in the new home.By taking a proper inventory of what you own and organizing your packing with a system like this, you give yourself a head start in getting your new home organized. You can literally then arrive in your new property, put each box in the appropriate room, and set up each room one by one in sequence, over the course of a day or two.What happens when you fail to do things this way, is that you find yourself surrounded by boxes with no clue where your specific belongings are, or what should go where. When this ends up happening, it can take you weeks or months to unpack properly and find everything you were looking for. You may even realize that your home never actually ends up being as organized as you would have wanted.(2)    Hire a Removals Company, Save Yourself a HeadacheIf you’ve never moved homes before, it’s very easy to get taken in by the idea that it’s easy enough to just cut out the middleman and do the whole removals process by yourself – especially if you have a car. It often seems almost irresponsible or even weak to pay a removals company money in order to do the job for you, when you have the right tools to do it for yourself.The thing is, though, that you almost certainly don’t have the right tools – and if you’re a first time mover, you definitely don’t have the right level of experience.Consider distance between your old and your new home. Now consider the cost of fuel and the travel time that you’ll have to commit in order to make several trips there and back. (Remember also that this is time that you’re taking out of organizing and handling the other details of the move.)Consider how much you can fit in your boot at once. Now consider how you would transport your larger (and likely more delicate) items of furniture. Do you think that it’s a wise idea to strap it to the roof of your car?For some of you reading this, a DIY move will be practical. But for the majority – and particularly for first time movers – hiring a moving company is an investment in comfort, security and time. All of which you’ll be in dire need of during your move.