5 min readMoving house and all the work it entails is stressful enough without the added pressure of getting it done quickly! Whatever the reason may be for your sudden move, you cannot help but feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work, time and energy that goes into packing up all your belongings and moving to another suburb, state or maybe even overseas.
Regardless of how big your home is, or how much stuff you have, it’s important to have a realistic timeframe wherein you and your family are able to pack up and move out without becoming overwhelmed or burnt out. Having said that, some unavoidable situations call for a last-minute move and you simply may not have enough time up your sleeve to prep properly for your relocation.
Nevertheless, where there’s a will, there’s a way; of course, the will to do it largely depends on a bunch of useful tips to make a sudden move possible. So, without further ado, here’s how to have a successful, last-minute move.
10 tips that’ll help with a sudden move
1. Make a day-to-day schedule.
Whether you like it or not, almost every day (’til moving day) will involve planning and executing your forthcoming move. To ensure that you’re on track with the preparations, a trusty day planner is just what you need. Before you make any entries or lists, however, count the days and weeks you have until moving, and plan your day-to-day schedule accordingly. While it’s important to distribute the work evenly, it’s advisable to put in extra hours of preparation during the early stages as the pressure can really start to pile up later on.
2. Stock up on moving supplies.
To pack up your items safely and securely you’ll need to stock up on all the moving necessities such as boxes, bubble wrap, foam peanuts, tape and rope. Once the packing process is underway, the last thing you need is to be held up because you don’t have enough gear. Head down to your local hardware store or moving supply store to stock up on all the things you’ll need for packing. If the owner agrees, strike up a deal that allows you to return unused supplies and get a refund. Bear in mind that you can also cut moving supply costs by asking around for free boxes online, from friends or from liquor stores, supermarkets or large retailers. Use clothes, towels and linen instead of bubble wrap to protect your valuables and lower your moving costs.
3. Prioritise items to be packed.
Packing is a time-consuming aspect of moving house, and also the most dreaded one! It can be a tiring and stressful activity; therefore, we advise starting the process as early as possible. Along with this, a great way to stay on top of your packing is by prioritising what can be packed during the early stages. These items will include things that are not going to be used until you move into your new place. Knickknacks, wall hangings, out of season clothing and spare items (linen, plates, small kitchen appliances, books, shows etc.) can all be packed well in advance.
4. Sort through your belongings.
This is your chance to start afresh; hence, there’s no better time than the present to re-evaluate your possessions. Consider what you want to hold on to, what you really need, and what needs to be donated and/or discarded. Start with one room at a time and be sure to fill up a few boxes while you’re at it, leaving only the essentials you and your family will require until the move.
5. Book a moving company.
Don’t wait until the last minute to hire a removalist as you may not have enough time to compare prices and hunt down the best deal. Moreover, it takes a bit of digging and asking around to find a trustworthy and professional moving company that will meet your unique requirements. Once you’re confident in your decision, you will also have the peace of mind that another major part of the moving process has been taken care of.
6. Minimise your living quarters.
As moving day approaches, start dismantling beds and other large pieces of furniture so they can easily be shifted come moving day. For the last two weeks or so living in your home, keep just the necessities for everyday unpacked. Although things may get a little inconvenient, and even a little frustrating at times, remind yourself that it is a temporary situation that will be resolved soon.
7. Keep a box of essentials on hand.
Regardless of whether you’re moving to the next suburb or moving interstate, keeping a couple of boxes of essentials (including a towel, toiletries, PJs, a set of crockery, clean linen, medication, snacks, a kettle etc.) on hand in your car so you can get comfortable at your new place right away is a wise decision. This way if your moving truck is delayed or you can’t find what you need in your massive jumble of unpacked boxes, you’ll have all the things you need to make it through the first few nights in your new digs while you get organised.
8. List high-priority tasks.
Note down all the high-priority tasks you need to undertake right before your move. For example, changing your address with various authorities or contacting your internet and energy providers. Consider how much time it will take to get these jobs done, and set aside enough time to make calls and fill out online forms. If one or more tasks can be completed in a day, it’s advisable to tick them off your list sooner than later. If you’re renting, you will also need to arrange for professional cleaning beforehand if you don’t intend on doing this yourself to ensure the safe return of your bond.
9. Consult a lawyer.
You may not be completely confident when it comes to the legalities involved in purchasing property, renting a house or moving to another state/country; therefore, we recommend that you run all legal paperwork by a lawyer to ensure that everything is in order for your fast-approaching move. In general, processing papers for a new house can be time-consuming and hence, delays are often inevitable. When you involve a lawyer, you have someone who will not only protect your investment and family but also get the work done in a timely fashion.
10. Get plenty of shut-eye.
As tempting as it is to stay up late packing and planning, this eventually takes a toll on your body leaving you tired and exhausted for the rest of the following day. Remember, the key to tackling tasks efficiently is a well-rested body. Therefore, call it a night at a decent hour, and wake up bright and early the next day, fully recharged and raring to get your move underway.
While the mere thought of moving suddenly may cause a lot of anxiety or put you in a state of panic, all you need to do is take deep breaths, stay focused, and follow these terrific tips for a successful, less stressful last-minute move.