Easy Moving Guide For Busy Families – Plan, Prepare, & Pack

There’s nothing quite like moving out of your old home and into a new one. Turning over a new leaf and begin the next chapter of your life is quite exciting, and can also be pretty hectic at the same time. You find yourself overwhelmed with a hundred things that you have to do, and if you don’t stop and plan things out, it can be very stressful. You can arguably say that the most taxing part of this step is the process of moving out itself, especially if you have a busy schedule. This guide will help you plan, prepare, and pack in a way that will make things much smoother for you. 

Planning

Set a timetable

You need to set a timetable before anything to ensure that the moving out process will be properly organized. The sooner you set that timetable, the earlier you can start, and it’s very important that you get a head start. Plan out the entire phase on paper, and make sure you give yourself a deadline for each and every step so that you wouldn’t let yourself go. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this is not overdoing it, and you’ll understand that a lot more as the moving day approaches. 

Create a budget

Moving out can be pricey. There are a lot of incurring expenses, and if you’re not careful, you can end up paying a lot more money than you really need to. So, after you set a neat timetable with each phase of your move, you need to create a budget for those phases. A simple monthly budget template can be a tremendous help. Try to be as detailed as possible, because details mean money in this case. So, for example, set a budget for your packing process, including the boxes, duct tape, and any other tools you’ll need to pack your things. There also needs to be a budget for the removal company, because you’ll find that there are plenty in the market, each offering varying services and for different prices. So, you’ll need to set a maximum budget that you cannot exceed per each different step, and so on.

Prepare

Repairs

You’ll have to make sure the property is intact before you hand it over, just like you received it. That means making repairs and ensuring that you fix any damage that you might have caused over your tenancy. We’re talking everything from holes in walls to dents and scratches in doors. That way, when you do move out, the owner would give you back your security deposit and you won’t have to pay anything more than you should. 

Cleaning

Whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to make sure the place is clean before you move out. Even if it’s not mentioned in the lease that you should, and even if the landlord won’t charge you for not doing so, it’s just common courtesy to leave the place clean. It also can’t be just going through the motions and casually mopping the floors; you need someone to deep clean the house at the end of your tenancy. This is why it’s best if you deal with professionals on this one, because if you do it yourself, chances are you are going to leave the place quite messy still. The best case scenario is the landlord would blacklist you, and the worst is they’d not return your security deposit. So, just clean the place before you move out. 

Pay the bills

You also need to make sure that all your bills are paid before you finally make the move. You can’t just leave the house with unpaid utility bills, because the landlord will just take them out of your deposit money, if not ask for more. That aside, you need to also disconnect all subscription services you have like cable, so you don’t end up paying for them long after you leave. 

Inform all parties of your new address

This one’s very important, yet a lot of people forget about it for some reason. You have to inform all concerned parties of your new mailing address, starting with your old landlord in case they want to reach out to you for one reason or another. Other than that, your subscription services need to be alerted, as mentioned earlier, to end your subscription at your old place, and move it to the new one. There’s also your online shopping accounts which are saved with the old address, membership subscriptions, bank statements, and so on. 

Pack

Inventory and decluttering

Packing is a lot more complicated than it sounds, and there’s a lot more to it than just putting things in boxes. You need to start by creating an inventory of all your belongings, the ones you’re going to be taking with you anyway. Get rid of anything you don’t need –– you can bet you’ll find a lot of useless junk in the clutter around your place. This decluttering process is crucial because it allows you to have a clear idea on what you have in place, as well as what you need moved by professionals, since you’ll be able to move some of your smaller things yourself. 

Pack

You can definitely try to pack your belongings on your own, but that rarely ends well. As mentioned earlier, it’s not just about putting things into boxes. There are certain precautions that you need to take while boxing certain items, or else they might get damaged in the move. This is why it’s best to find a removal company that also does packing. It might cost a bit more, but you’ll be making sure your belongings are safe and neatly packed with the same people who’ll transport them. Try to do a little digging on the removal companies until you find the best option for you in terms of price and quality. 

There are definitely more entertaining things you could be doing with your time other than preparing for the move, but a little planning will make the entire process much easier for you and your family. If you do a little careful consideration before anything, you will end up saving a lot of money and effort eventually. 

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