Just for a change in today's Everest Peak Blog, we're going to look beyond the house purchase to the all important stage of actually moving into the home.
It may be an unscientific assessment, but from our own experiences we know that it's a fair bet that the actual process of moving is maybe the worst aspect of changing homes.
Perhaps this is because, as it's the very final stage in the home transfer process, the move itself often doesn't receive much attention until it's actually time to go.
Some careful planning, however, will short circuit a lot of the stress of moving. Even if you've yet to decide on your ideal home, it makes great sense to have a preordained battle plan, so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
OK here goes:
Recruit a team of helpers - The saying "many hands make light work" was never truer than when moving home. If your budget won't stretch to hire professional movers, family and friends are usually delighted to be of assistance, not least because they probably have you earmarked for some help when they next move. The bigger the team of reliable people you can recruit, the faster and more efficient your move is going to be.
Organize your team - Make sure you assign specific tasks to specific people. Divide tasks up by having a team for packing/labelling, one for moving boxes and another for loading up the truck.
Key information - Make sure all your key information records are stored in a single secure location. You'll be needing them to change addresses and other details on bank accounts, credit cards, insurance policies and a wide range of other essentials.
Pack an overnight bag - Don't spend hours searching for items that you'll need almost immediately, like toiletries. Pack them all in an overnight bag.
Pace your move - If you're moving to a completely new area then it's most likely that your possessions will all be traveling simultaneously. If, on the other hand, you're just moving locally, consider the merits of hiring some storage space to act as a holding station. You'll then be able to co-ordinate your move in a much more organized fashion, perhaps over many days, without having dozens of boxes awaiting unpacking in your living room/garage etc. It will make the whole process much smoother. Even if you are moving a considerable distance, storage space can still perform the same function. Just make sure you've paid good attention to our next hint...
Pack logically - It makes a lot of sense to pack boxes with items from the same room. This will probably take a series of boxes in almost all cases, but careful labelling - perhaps even coded with different color tapes for different rooms - will allow you to easily distribute your boxed items to their correct new locations and greatly help to reduce chaos levels. Make sure you also pack boxes from rooms together in your transportation. That way it allows you to create a more logical flow when you offload.
Don't pack heavy items together - Extremely heavy boxes are more likely to break or be dropped, so mix heavier items with lighter ones as best as you can. Your moving team will also thank you.
Fragile valuables - This is one area where insured professional movers pay for themselves. It's also a great idea to keep original packaging for large items such as flat screen televisions. Consider buying a roll of stretch wrap to group boxes and large items together and prevent furniture from scuffs and scratches.
Keep food to a minimum - Don't grocery shop for a couple of weeks prior to the move so you have a minimal amount of food to move.
Defrost your refrigerator - This should be done at least a day before moving. Make sure you wipe up any liquid.
Take care of pets - Animal carriers work great for moving pets. Seek specialist guidance with more challenging pet transportation, such as tropical fish. Plan to have a safe, enclosed space in your new home, so your pets can sit back and watch you cope with moving in the rest of your possessions. If you're just making a local move, consider hiring a sitter - also a good idea if you have young children.
Make sure you have enough tools and supplies for the job - Pre plan to have adequate numbers of boxes and the right amounts of scissors, packing tape etc. You don't need the disruption of multiple visits to the hardware store.
If you put all these hints together in a careful plan, your move is going to go that much smoother and you'll be enjoying relaxing in your new home in record time.