Moving is generally considered to be one of the most stressful life events. It’s not just about the logistics – although there is an awful lot that can go wrong...
Moving is generally considered to be one of the most stressful life events. It’s not just about the logistics – although there is an awful lot that can go wrong – but it’s also very emotional. Leaving a home behind, even if it’s for a good reason, can be surprisingly sad for many people. After all, it’s a place where you have created memories and now you have to give it to a stranger. While it’s certainly a challenging event, there are some things you can do to make the process less painful.
This is so important – you need to be on top of all the various aspects of the move. Make sure you know the exact dates you need to be out of your current property and when you can move into the next one. If at all possible, try to make these coincide so that you don’t have the expense of storing furniture and moving it twice.
Depending on the distance you’re moving and the amount of furniture you have, there are various options. Some people may need a big furniture removal truck while others may be able to get away with several loads by a smaller vehicle. You may even have friends and family who would be able to assist. Either way, make sure you know who you’re dealing with and that you’re clear on who is responsible for any loss or damage to property.
Start packing long before you think you need to. The last thing you want is to land up frantically chucking bits and pieces into black bags the night before the move. Taking your time to pack up slowly and carefully will benefit you greatly when you move into the new house. Remember to label your boxes to make life easier for yourself when unpacking.
A good declutter is always a useful exercise, so take this opportunity to get rid of all the bits and pieces you no longer need. A good plan is to divide things into piles – throw away/recycle, donate, sell and keep. You’ll simplify your life and maybe even make a bit of cash to put towards redecorating your new home.
Every house is different, so consider carefully whether the furniture and fittings in your current home will work in the next. If not, it may be more cost effective to include them in the sale (thus potentially getting a better offer) or sell them. Moving items you don’t need or having to alter things, for example curtains, to fit a new space may cost more than they’re worth in money and effort.
If you have expensive jewellery and other personal items, it’s generally wise to keep them locked up or store them elsewhere during the move and take them yourself. While one would hope that all would go smoothly, there are many cases where valuables disappear (whether intentionally or not) so it’s not worth the extra risk.
Once your furniture is out, getting a professional cleaner to make sure the house is in tip top condition is a courteous gesture towards the new owner. It also means that you’ll be sure you haven’t left any bits and pieces behind. Hopefully the seller of your new home will do the same, but if not it might be helpful to get the new house cleaned yourself before your things go in.
While many people don’t feel this is necessary when using a reputable company, it is generally a good idea for peace of mind. Any number of things can go wrong during a move, particularly over long distances, and so knowing that you’re protected against all eventualities makes the whole process much less stressful.
After taking all these points into consideration, you should have a relatively stress free experience. Then it’s just a case of getting unpacked and enjoying your great new space.
Writing blogs about the property market of South Africa.Content Team - Real Estate Agent