Many people say that moving house is one of life’s most stressful events, but we have great news… It doesn’t have to be!
Just for starters, here at Bayleys Marlborough we make the selling process a breeze. Our award winning team bring many combined years of experience that provide you with a unique qualitative and competitive edge. You benefit from a personalised and professional service that recognises your unique needs, and showcases your listing to the widest possible buyer audience.
But… we hear your cries… “It’s not the selling, it’s the moving”…
So for that reason we’ve put together a list of 9 tips to ensure your packing and move to your new home goes without a hitch!
- Make space – Before you even start packing, get rid of the things you can live without. You might find this post from the archives useful, it contains tips on decluttering – Read it HERE.
- Plan with military precision – Make lists of jobs you need to do, defrost the freezer, get the water meter read, redirect the post. Cross the jobs off as you complete them. Like any other personal or work related event, the greatest success comes from well executed plans.
- Gather the essentials – You’ll need supplies… Boxes (and lots of them), tape, marker pens. These will be the tools that make your job easier. Avoid using rubbish bags for transporting any of your belongings. Not surprisingly these can often end up in the rubbish!
- Get your priorities right – When you move into your new home you don’t have to unpack everything on day 1. Use the A,B,C (or 1,2,3) system for packing to ensure that unpacking is as easy as pie. Top priority is “A” or “1”. These boxes should contain the essential items you can’t live without. Mark the “nice to haves” “B” or “2”. Anything that you haven’t used for a while or is out of season, is your lowest priority… “C” or “3”.
- Get technical – Before you disconnect your TV, computer and other electronic items, take a picture with your camera phone of where the cords, USBs, etc. plug in. This will save you lots of time, (and a giant headache), when you come to set them up in your new home.
- Prepare your kit bags – You should have two… A moving day kit and a survival kit. Your moving day kit should include cleaning equipment and rubbish bags. Your survival kit should be on hand as soon as you arrive at your new pad, it should include items that will get you through the night if your move doesn’t go quite to schedule. Some non-perishable food, disposable table ware, a torch, some bedding, towels, loo rolls, etc.
- It’s a family affair – And friends too! Gather all the help you can, you’ve heard the expression, “Many hands make light work”, never a truer word was said on moving day!
- Try colour coding your boxes – This is especially good if you’re enlisting help from friends or hiring professional movers. Assign each room a colour, for example green for kitchen, red for living, blue for master bedroom and so on…. As you pack boxes, place an appropriately coloured sticker on them, then when you arrive at your new house, put the right colour sticker outside each room. Nobody will ask you “Where would you like this box?”
- Say Hello – To your new neighbours.