Tips to Make Moving Day Easier
As we’ve mentioned before, moving properties can be a difficult and tedious process. We’ve already written about making things easy for yourself throughout the moving process, there’s still loads of ways to make the actual moving day less of a drag.
The main key is to be prepared, never forget the value of the five Ps – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Or, in this case, Prior Preparation Prevents An Exceptionally Painful Moving Experience.
Best of luck with your moving day!
Aim for ‘over-organised’.
The naysayers will tell you you’re being over-protective or stressing the details too much. Let them, and know full well that your Prior Preparation will pay off. When moving from one place to another, you need to literally pack up your entire life. There is no such thing as being too prepared.
Label your packed boxes with their contents, what room they’re destined for, and whether or not the contents are delicate. Separate valuables, such as jewelry and important documents for you to transport yourself and keep an eye on. As luck would always have it, a slip in your preparations will predictably result in the loss or breakage of your favourite things. It’s just one of those things.
Double, triple, quadruple check details with your mover.
Hiring a professional moving service? Make sure to confirm dates, times (especially if you’re moving interstate and have to deal with all that daylight savings trouble) and costs. If in doubt, it’s always a good idea to get everything in writing, or keep your correspondence restricted to email so you have a paper copy of all details agreed upon. Moving scams are rare, but not unheard of, and you definitely don’t want to be a victim.
Bribing a few mates with sandwiches and beverages? Again, be sure to confirm dates and times with these friends. Without being pushy or bossy, also try to stress the importance of them arriving to help on time. It’s funny when Bobby shows up 3 hours late to a social function, but less so when you’re on a tight deadline to pack up your house.
Book the car in for a checkup.
This rings especially true if you’re moving interstate, or planning on carrying a lot of your stuff in the one car.
Ensure the car is not only roadworthy, but in tip-top shape to make a long journey. Again, it’s just one of those things where if you don’t get it done, it’s likely to be the single time you’ll experience difficulties with your car.
Stock up on all the essentials.
Bubble wrap, white packing paper (it’s tempting to use newspaper, but it marks on some things), wrapping tape, labels, boxes, markers, etc.
It’s not going to be pretty if you run out of wrapping just as you begin packing the wine glasses, or your marker runs out halfway through. A trip to the shops will be undoubtedly out of the question, as you’ll most certainly be pushed for time. Avoid the nastiness of unorganised packing and stock up.
Make arrangements for children and pets.
Small children and pets underfoot can get in the way, or suffer injuries in some particularly awful cases. Arranging for your baby, toddler or household pet to spend the day with friends or family may be an optimal solution to keep them out of harm’s way for the day. Or, if you can afford it, perhaps hire a sitter?
However, if this is not a viable option for you, you’ll want to set aside a few choice toys or amusements to keep the little ones out from under your feet. If able, secure pets outside with a toy to keep them occupied. As for young children, ensure they’re being kept well entertained to avoid yucky tantrums and keep them in your line of sight to steer clear of any accidents.
Have most of the cleaning already taken care of, and clean as you go.
By moving day, most of the house cleaning should be already taken care of. Skirting boards, windowsills and the like are easy to scrub up in the lead-up to the Big Move. Other chores like dusting and vacuuming, on the other hand, are best left to do as you go on Moving Day.
Attempting to do any earlier will just result in mild heartbreak, as moving all your furniture will stir up more dust and dirt for you to re-clean. Save these jobs for the day of, and tick off each room as you remove all your belongings. The last thing you should pack is the vacuum cleaner.
Lastly, have a killer playlist.
As we’ve mentioned a few times, Moving Day can be a horrible experience. Scientifically speaking, the best way to lift morale for yourself and co-helpers is to crank some tunes.
Whether it be from the 80s, 90s, the latest beats or an interesting mix of all, being able to groove along with some catchy songs will ultimately be what gets you through the day (well, that and the promise of a cold beverage at the end of the process). Depending on your taste, top suggestions include ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen, ‘Get the Party Started’ by Pink and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outkast.
Well, that’s all the suggestions we’ve got for you this week. Hopefully with all of these tips combined, your Moving Day will be far less painful than anticipated.
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