Saturday, 1 February 2014

Tips for moving house

Well, considering I move into my fourth house in a year today, I thought I would put together a little post on tips for moving house. I mean, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert in this area by now! Most of this stuff is small stuff, but believe you me, it's the little stuff that makes a difference when you're lugging your fourth car load of boxes to your new place and someone's blocked the driveway. Moving house can be a very stressful experience, so to avoid tempers colliding, you want to make things as easy as possible for yourself, right? Thought so :)

Tip #1
Pack your clothes in an organised way - shirts with shirts, shorts with shorts, clean undies somewhere you can find them easily and try to keep everything folded so that when you get to the other end, you can pack your clothes into your wardrobe quickly and without fuss. Also, pack an overnight bag with essentials and a few pairs of clothes included in case you don't get around to putting your clothes away on the first day. I swear there is nothing worse than not being able to find your pyjamas after a hard day moving house! 


Tip #2
Label boxes very clearly! Instead of just writing what room things are for, be specific. That way you know which boxes you need to unpack first to survive the first few days in your new home! For example, cups and plates would take unpacking priority over your fondue set and baking supplies in the kitchen, as you're going to want to use them pretty much straight away!


Tip #3
This is a rather important one - make sure to get your electricity hooked up before you move in and put your fridge on the first load of furniture to go to your new home. It takes a fair while for your fridge to cool down when you first hook it up and you're probably going to want a cold drink after moving all that furniture around all day! Trust me, you'll thank me for this one!


Tip #4
If you've already seen your new home before moving day, draw up a rough map of where you want your furniture before it all gets moved to your new place and give it to the men with the muscle so that they can put everything in it's place first go. There is nothing worse than a random jumble of furniture in your living room when you're trying to get yourself settled in your new home. Plus, who wants to be madly moving furniture around trying to find the best place for it when there are boxes to unpack?

Tip #5
Have an esky of cold drinks and sandwiches on hand for everyone who is helping you on moving day, whether it's friends and family or you have hired professionals to help you move*. Moving is hot and sweaty work, and I can guarantee that everyone involved will be much happier if there is a cold drink and a bite of lunch on hand for them through the day. It also goes a long way to have a little thank you gift on hand for those who help you move, be it a box of chocolate or a six pack of cold ones, I'm sure they will appreciate the gesture. Moving isn't exactly fun, so you should definitely let your helpers know you appreciate them giving up their day!

Well, that's all the insight I have for today, but I'm sure I'll think of some more little gems this weekend along the way.  Would a part two to this post be worth putting together for you all? Or do you have your own pieces of advice for me to implement this weekend?

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