You bought your dream home but now for the MOVE!

Moving into a new home can be one of the most exciting events in your life, but, according to researchers and psychologists, it can also be one of the most stressful experiences.

To assist you to enjoy this new adventure, see below for a few tips to make life a little bit easier;

1. Plan ahead

Leaving things to the eleventh hour will only make moving more stressful, therefore best to be proactive by working out a simple plan of what you need to organised and by when. It will not only help you put a timeline together but will also help prepare you mentally and emotionally with the idea of moving.

So start a “ To Do” list as soon as you decide to move and …….stick to it!

2. Make a moving checklist

Once you’ve worked out your plan of what needs to get done by when, turn it into a checklist. This list should include every little detail that you might forget about when the moving process commences:

For example, but not limited to:

2.1  Confirm the moving date with your landlord

2.2 Arrange movers. The sooner the better and if you can move in the middle of the month, it is usually cheaper

2.3 Change your address

2.4 Cancel your ADSL line and/or Telkom and/or transferring it

2.5 Inform your insurers

3. Research the new area

Whether you’re moving one kilometre away or 10 000 kilometres, make sure that you know your area a little better before the big move. It’ll help you be better prepared, more comfortable and will help build excitement for the new chapter that awaits. Find out about restaurants, the nearest supermarket, the nearest chemist and doctor and how you would get to work and/or school from your home.

4. Label your boxes

If you are lucky, the removal company will pack, but for most of us, we want to get the packing over in the quickest time possible. But it’s important to take time to ensure that you clearly label boxes by room and content which will make unpacking in your new home, so much easier.

5. Keep track of hardware

Do you have pieces of furniture or equipment that needs to be disassembled to move? Keep track of screws and any other important bits by packing it into a Ziploc bag and taping it onto the relevant piece of the disassembled furniture. And while you’re taking things apart, mark each piece with a number, using a pencil – this will make putting the item back together pretty seamless. Alternatively take pictures of the process especially of how to assemble the TV and all the wires!

6. Safeguard valuable items

Whether you have a family member moving your belongings or are using a professional mover, chances are high that there will be visitors and/or strangers in and out of your home on the day of the move. Make sure you keep your valuable items like jewellery and important documents in a safe place during this time – either lock it away in a safe place.

7. Clean up

There is nothing worse than moving into a filthy house, so before moving your belongings into your new home, make sure you’ve given a good clean. And do the same in the house you are leaving.

8. Make a moving day survival pack

Be prepared for moving day by creating a little kit containing all those essentials you would need during the day – it’s much easier than having to constantly rummage through boxes.

Your kit should include basic items from the kitchen ( a knife, fork and plate for each family member, the kettle, a mug for each member, coffee or tea, teaspoon etc), toilet paper, cleaning products and bin liners as well as essential tools (like a screwdriver, hammer and scissors). Having easy access to these supplies is bound to help make the move a smoother experience.

9. Make your bed!

The best thing is to spend your first night in your new home, make this so much nicer and make sure the first thing you do is to make your bed.

10. Treat yourself!

Celebrate the new adventure that a new home symbolises ! Get special take-aways or open that bottle of bubbly!

No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

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