5 Tips to Make Moving House Take Less Time

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According to a recent study, moving house was voted the most stressful thing to do by 57% of people surveyed. The next most stressful things were having a child and going through a breakup or divorce. 

Baring in mind the stress that moving house can come with, it is sensible to streamline the process as best as possible. 

Below are the top 5 tips for moving house efficiently: 

  1. Plan room by room
  2. Clean the harder to reach areas
  3. Hire professional movers
  4. Organise your belongings
  5. Start early

1. Plan room by room

The old adage goes: “Fail to prepare and prepare to fail”. This rings especially true when preparing to move house. You may have a move date in mind or set. As soon as you have this date, you must start preparing what you’re moving.

It can be efficient to prepare your items for moving room by room. You may want to start with the lesser used rooms of your soon to be old house. For example, starting with the sitting room and spare bedrooms but leaving the used bedrooms and kitchen until last so you can eat and sleep is an efficient order to prepare your rooms for moving. 

2. Clean the harder to reach areas

Hopefully you’re an individual who likes to keep on top of the routine chores such as vacuuming, mops and dusting. They’re pretty standard for someone who likes to look after their home. 

What may cause you unnecessary stress and increase how long it takes to move is the extra cleaning that creates itself once you begin to move around the various semi permanent fixtures within your house.

For example, the oven may not be clean. The areas behind the fridge, dishwasher and sofas have not seen the light of day in years and have likely built up a lot of grime and dust. 

Thinking ahead and considering the areas that are out of your usual cleaning routine can make your move much more efficient. You won’t have any surprise last minute bits of hoovering or cleaning to do and you’ll be able to focus on other things during your move. 

3. Hire professional movers

This may seem obvious but a professional moving company will enable you to have an efficient move in a variety of ways. 

First, they will be experts in their field and should, if they are worth their salt, be able to give you friendly tips and advice to aid you in your move. 

Secondly, professional movers will be quicker and efficient at tasks that are relevant to them as this is their career and they can even handle last-minute movers. The lifting of heavy items will likely be a breeze for them as it’s part of their day to day activities. When was the last time you loaded and unloaded a truck full of boxes in a day?  

You can also work with the movers, making the overall move more efficient. Depending on your budget you might want to down tools and leave it all up to a company to handle your move. Realistically though, you can communicate with them what should be prepared by what date so you can both focus on your core competencies and have an efficient move. You should start by requesting several moving quotes.

4. Organise your belongings

Often people need an excuse to break the inertia of normal life and to do something out of routine. This is where the idea of spring cleaning comes from. Moving house and wanting to do it efficiently is a great excuse to organise your personal belongings. 

One part of the organisation is doing a little clear out of unnecessary items. You can have a sort through of items in each room that may or may not be of use to you in your new home. Clearing out the items that are no longer needed in your life is an opportunity to remove unnecessary items from your move list and then either recycle them or give them to charity. 

Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo is an excellent programme to watch if you’re unsure how to decide if to keep an item or not. 

5. Start early

Aside from hiring a professional moving company, all of these methods of moving home more efficiently can be done well in advance of your move date. 

The key to an efficient move is to start as early as possible with all the tasks required. This is important for a number of reasons. You never know what issues may crop up while preparing to move house. Starting early gives you plenty of contingency time to deal with surprising issues. Also you can do things at your own pace when time isn’t an issue. When you have time to think and do things at your own pace, your move will definitely be more efficient. 

This article was written by Zac of the South Wales removals and storage company Falconer Removals.

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