A few simple steps to make moving house easier and less stressful
Moving house is one of the most stressful tasks possible. Packing, cleaning, logistics, and all while still having to feed yourself and your family…. It’s an all-hands-on-deck affair. Luckily, we have some tips that will hopefully make life easier.
Get rid of things to save moving and unpacking
If you go through your wardrobe, or kitchen cupboards or children’s bedrooms, you’ll encounter a whole bunch of stuff you don’t use. A month or two before moving, tackle a room a day and get rid of things you don’t need. Old clothes and toys can go to charity, and broken/ worn houseware can go straight in the bin. Anything that’s actually still useful can go on TradeMe to make some money to pay for the wine you’ll need in the moving process.
Rule of thumb; if it hasn’t been used in the last 12 months, it’s unlikely to be used ever again.
Also think about putting furniture into storage if you won’t need it at your new home.
There’s always one box that looks a bit big, but you use it anyway, and someone fills it with books and then it’s so heavy no-one can lift. Avoid this and make life easier by finding banana boxes. Not only are these sturdy and stackable, but they are a good size that likely won’t get too heavy. Bonus- there will always be someone else who will want these after you’ve finished with them.
Top tip: Keep aside the important stuff til the end and pack it all in one box. Things like the kettle and teabags, and one set of plates/ cups/ cutlery.
Clean once the house is empty
Once the house is empty, it is so much easier to clean! Do a wet dust around doorframes, windowsills, and skirting with warm soapy water. If the house smells stale, use a lemongrass-based cleaner as it is a natural deodorizer.
A thorough vacuum over carpets may be enough, or you may need to invest in a carpet shampoo vacuum. Mop lino or tile floors thoroughly, and once again, a lemongrass scented cleaner can help alleviate unpleasant odours.
Take photos of the clean, empty house for landlords/ to resolve any future disputes.
Note final readings for gas and power, and make sure that you’ve terminated/ moved the services to your new property.
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