Moving houses can quickly become a nightmare. To make a move successful, everything is a matter of organisation and common sense. But there are steps to simplify that. It’s all about organisation to leave easy on D-Day. Here we give you some tips.
Get some serious supplies of cardboard boxes
Packing is the pain point of moving. Supermarkets regularly throw boxes, so don’t hesitate to ask them if you can take a few. Wherever you are, you’ll always find some associations that sell recycled boxes. If not, Amazon.
Avoid busy periods
From May to September, it’s the season when people tend to move houses. And moving companies are well aware of the fact. Their prices are between 30 and 40% more expensive during this period. So, if you can, choose a less busy period if you are calling for a professional mover. In addition, the prices of furniture movers are also higher on weekends. The ideal would be to move on weekdays, even if you have to take 2 or 3 days off.
After thinking, forget the movers
You can move during the week and off-peak, the rates of the best national moving companies will still be off your budget. No problem, friends are also there to give you a hand and would be much fun to hang out with than a freight forwarder. The whole thing depends on how well of a job you do to convince them. Buying food and drinks will still be the cheapest way.
Filling boxes can quickly become a never-ending task. What to put in what and where? We suggest that you prepare your boxes in advance and categorise them to make unpacking less tedious and avoid breaking glasses thinking that it was linen. You must also avoid filling them to the brim so you can lift them later. Do not hesitate to stop yourself when the cardboard is too big —and place the emptiest on top of the pile. The key is to do it in advance and anticipate moving in.
Work like you were on an assembly line
The old methods are often the best. Being able to take turns with your friends allows you to move faster. Forming assembly lines limits the risk of fatigue. Taking breaks and preserving your joints is also very important. And check the size of your furniture and entrances beforehand or it will end up going through the windows.
Plan the storage
It is pretty rare to be able to store everything at home for the first time. A transition period is often needed and storing furniture and cartons can be tricky. Solutions exist, such as storing in some dedicated warehouses or a cargo container. If you don’t want to spend on that, storing at a friend’s or parents’ home can also be interesting.
Take maximum advantage of truck rental
It would obviously be cheaper to ask your friends and relatives to lend you their truck rather than rent one. If you choose to rent, check the itinerary to save time, gas and money. The usual worries are often related to the rental. It can happen that the truck is not available on the weekend, which can cause delays. Rental companies are usually shut on the weekends, so you have the truck for 3 days. Plan the rental one month in advance preferably, and enjoy the maximum of the vehicle to go to a furniture store or to the dump.
Moving house is also the opportunity to throw a lot of things and store your paperwork. Most cities let you fill an online form to contact services to pick up your bulky items. Cleaning services can come to your home for free to recover your unnecessary belongings. Other contacts can be found via Google. In addition, charities will also be delighted to help you leave superfluous items behind. You can also resell some of them on classified sites or organise a garage sale.
Do not forget the inventory upon departure
Doing the inventory upon departure is necessary if you wish to recover your deposit. We cannot stress enough the importance of noting down any hole, stain or signs of meth contamination before your landlord comes in for the takeover
The paperwork headache
Check with the previous occupants of your new home to check the meters and contact the service providers to inform them that you are moving houses. A transfer can be cheaper than reopening a file. Most electricity providers advise requesting the termination of the energy supply contract of your old home 6 weeks before D-Day. If you decide to subscribe to a new contract, do it 5 days before the move. On D-Day, read the meters from the old and new homes and send them to the supplier. The cancellation and commissioning bill usually arrive within days of moving in.
Finally, the paperwork can be daunting. The most painful thing about moving house is not doing the boxes or transporting the furniture, it’s all the paperwork afterwards. You can even be fined for not changing certain registrations. If you can, take a few days off leave after you move to go to the administrations and do the necessary. And finally, do not forget to introduce yourself when you arrive in your new building! A neighbour is a person best able to help you on a daily basis if there is a problem.
After having completed all the steps concerning the housing, make sure that you’ve changed your addresses on all documents updated your situations with various social organisms. Your employer, the bank and the electricity companies are also concerned. And do not forget to register on the electoral lists of your new municipality a few months before the vote!