Moving to a new home is exciting. Who knows what new adventures lie ahead for yourself and your family, especially when your new property is the home you have always dreamed of – complete with a white picket fence. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of moving and not consider all of the things you need to do beforehand.
With that in mind, here are some things you need to do before moving!
1: Say goodbye
Sometimes, once you have moved into a new home, you may begin to miss your old home even if your new house is much nicer. This is due to the fact that you likely had many special memories there, from birthdays to lazy Sunday afternoons watching films on the couch. Therefore, you must take some time to say goodbye to your old home before moving. This can also help the process easier for your little ones!
2: Forward your mail
Whether you receive letters from your workplace, relatives, or are subscribed to a monthly subscription service, you need to ensure that you let others know your new address. This means you won’t miss out on anything important!
3: Deep clean your old home
You need to ensure that you leave your current property in decent condition, especially if you are hoping for a quick sale. Therefore, you should try to give your home a deep clean, before any viewings, and again before you move out for good.
4: Plan ahead
Planning for the move is essential in making the process as pain-free as possible. Decide how you want your new home to look and make a list of anything you need to buy. This will allow you to put together a budget and can help reign in your spending. It also gives you plenty of time to source furniture – and you can save money by looking for items in second-hand stores.
5: Pack with plenty of time to spare
Too often, we leave packing until the last possible minute. This is no surprise – it takes a lot of time and can be extremely difficult to do well. However, you must start packing early. This means you can take your time and don’t have to rush. If you don’t want to live amongst a sea of boxes, you can store your items in a local storage facility until the move. This also gives you more freedom after you move into your new house, as you don’t have to rush to unpack right away, but you know that your items are being looked after in a secure space.
6: Don’t use it? Throw it away
In the process of unpacking, you will likely come across numerous items that you no longer need or use. From an old pair of jeans that just don’t fit right or a long-forgotten toy – you mustn’t bring these items along with you. They will simply take up space in your new home. If they are still in a good condition, consider donating them to a charity or thrift shop. This means they can find a new home too!