As perennial movers will tell you, moving house is a messy business. There is the risk of things breaking, getting lost along the way and the bother of rearranging everything. But they will also tell you that there is a subtle art to getting it all done in a way that there is minimum trouble for you. Here’s how:
Hire a Moving Company
The more adventurous among us will find box trailers for sale and haul everything on their own. Most of us however, function better when we’ve paid professionals to do it for us. A moving company will allocate an appropriate number of custom trailer to pick up everything and drop them off at your new home.
They are also contractually obliged to make sure everything arrives safely at your destination although some will have a clause that waives responsibility for breakage. If however your job necessitates frequent moving, find a place with box trailers for sale and buy one; moving companies are expensive and the money you save with a little elbow grease can go towards beautifying your house.
Throw Out Everything Unnecessary
Make this an opportunity to take a good long look at the things that have been gathering dust on the shelves for years. If your kids have already moved out, then maybe those toy boxes in the garage can be donated or sold. There will be plenty of other things in the old house – such as broken appliances, old clothes, ornaments etc. – that will not fit into the new house, or you won’t have space for. Start categorizing things into ‘keep’ and ‘give’ piles and either give away the items you no longer need or send it all to a garage sale. If all you’re doing is moving boxes from one house to the other which will then remain unopened, then they need to go.
Start Rearranging Immediately
It can be tempting to let the movers simply dump everything in the foyer or living room and then get around to clearing things out piece by piece over time. That strategy works if it’s your first apartment and you live alone; if it’s a house and there’s a family involved, start the rearranging process the moment the first stick of furniture is unloaded. Some companies allow you to use the movers to move the furniture into its proper place, so use the chance to get those beds into the upper floor straightaway. If they don’t provide that service, have some friends ready to move everything the first day itself. It will save you a world of trouble later, when you and your partner may be the only adults around.