Are you ready for moving?
You’ve signed the contracts, the keys are in your hand and the kids are booked to go off to Grandma’s house for a sleepover – moving day is upon you and there’s a lot to get done as you lead up to it! Ideally, you would have timed your house move to coincide with school holidays. Doing this can really help you get the kids into a good routine with holiday club or childcare, freeing you up to get your new house ready for the day you move in.
You would have already called in the moving companies to get quotes for moving day. You could have them do a full-service packing if they are the company do it, but if not, you’re going to be elbow deep in packing all your belongings.
The other thing that you need to think about is sorting out your new home so that when you move in, it’s the standard you like it to be. So, what steps can you take to make your home ready for moving in?
Plan! You need to have a written plan of action for moving in day. There’s nothing worse than getting the boxes and furniture in and taking weeks to unpack. Get a timetable ready so that by the end of the first week you have everything unpacked and settled. Labelling boxes correctly so that the movers can get them into the right rooms is crucial here, as it can save you some time having to ferry boxes and pieces of furniture from room to room.
Clean. Okay, you have two options here. The day before you move in, you could get in and clean the house to your own standards, or you could hire a cleaning company to do a full house clean for you. This is often a very worthy expense, as you then don’t exhaust yourself cleaning the insides of cupboards and shampooing carpets!
Locks. If you’re renting a new home, or even taking over from previous owners, it’s time to get the locks changed. There’s nothing wrong with a little caution and if you can get the locks changed quickly you can ensure any copies of your house key that may be floating around are unable to be used.
Windows. Looking around a new home can make you feel so happy that you ignore the fact there are no window treatments hanging. Make sure you have measured up for blinds and curtains and have them installed before you move in. This way, people won’t be peering into your new home while you’re trying to settle in.
Getting your home ready for the day you move in is just as important as the actual move itself. There’s not much worse than trying to clean around movers and hang window treatments while you build the latest and greatest from Ikea!
Get organised and make a plan to do it properly – you won’t regret what you’re able to do if you do that in advance.
Note: This is a collaborative post.