Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
If you are moving for the first time, there are many questions you are either asking, or are unaware that they need to be asked. Moving house is a slow, tedious, and encumbering process, and during it, you need to keep track of everything you are doing. This guide will help you through the course of moving, and will try to keep you aware of what you need to ask yourself before moving.A guide is only as good as the questions it raises, so let’s just go through the main questions:
1. Are you aware of what you own?
Most people start moving without even knowing how many possessions they have; shelves of books, wardrobes of clothes, boxes of kitchen cutlery & plates, dish stands, and furniture, and literally everything but the kitchen’s sink. A list would be a good start to keep track of what you will need to move. Put down on a sheet every item you can think of from the top of your head. Then walk around your house and put down everything you have missed and will probably also need. Then, go to your cellar, or closet, or cupboard and look through the things you have forgotten, but might also find a need or use for. A complete list is vital to keeping track not only of how many boxes/trucks/people you would need and how much time it will take to move everything, but also what you actually own.
2. Where will everything go before moving?
Before hiring a truck, you will need to arrange all the things you are taking with you. A good alternative to piling everything in front of your house in waiting for the movers is arranging it in boxes (otherwise known as packing) and subsequently arranging them somewhere in your home where it will not get in anyone’s way before the movers come and take it. Wrap everything up, and be careful with the fragile items. Use sturdy boxes that will last until you take everything out of them. Buy old economical wrapping paper from the dollar store – no need not to be green even if you are leaving the old home.
3. Where will everything go after moving?
This might sound as a silly question, but have you thought the relocation through? Do you know for certain whether the new home can fit in all of your old home’s furniture and items? That bed and end table can go to the bedroom, there is some room for the sofa and armchairs, but what about that dining table and desk you were so fond of? Find a place for everything before you move it
4. How will you move everything?
Finding a trustworthy company to help you move your home sometimes can be just as tedious as the moving itself. You cannot just hire any man with a truck, but need to think about viability, credibility, and reliability. A friend with a van would be brilliant, but if that is not an option, then you need some research done. Ask someonewho has recently moved about what service they used to do it. Moving furniture is the hardest part of the trip, so you need a reliable company that can get your huge bed from point A to point B without turning it into two less appealing and maybe less useful, bedsteads. Depending on the distance you are moving, you might also want to think about whether a single truck would be enough.
5. Get help.
No, this is not a question or a tip, this is a prerequisite. Do not get over your head about your moving skills and how much load you can handle. The amount of items in any house is too much for any one person, so call a friend, or a helpful hand. Think about all of this as you go through the process of moving. Relocation is hard, so put some hard thinking into it. But if you answer all the questions above, you should have a successful removal.
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