A house relocation is a challenge because it will take a lot of planning, preparation and organisation. You have to think about all the items that you will be taking with you to the new house and make sure that everything is protected and accounted for every step of the way.
While an interstate relocation (not to mention an international removal) can be a challenging and multi-faceted undertaking, it does not have to be exceedingly stressful. Here are seven expert pieces of advice from the professional removal services providers at Ashtons Removals to help ease your moving stress and make it an overall positive experience.
1. Accept the upcoming change
It may be your choice to move, or events beyond your control may have prompted your need to live in a different location. Either way, it’s always best to adopt the right mindset and maintain a positive attitude about the whole matter.
Resisting this imminent change and wallowing in thoughts over things that could be difficult to do, or things that could go wrong, will only make the removal process more stressful. Try to make the best of it by thinking about all the great things that can happen in your life’s new chapter.
Soon, you will be trying out new experiences, meeting new friends, and building a new daily routine. Take this opportunity to create a better life for yourself and for your partner or family who will be making the move with you.
2. Create a removal plan
Nip procrastination in the bud straight away and create a removal plan the moment you have decided to relocate. It is always stressful to cram several necessary tasks at the last minute, so make sure to get a headstart so you have plenty of time to get everything done. By getting yourself, your family, and your items ready ahead of time, the process can be made a lot easier and smoother.
If you do not know where to start, sit down, grab your smartphone or perhaps a pen and paper, and create a checklist. There are reliable resources you can browse through online.
The key is to prioritise the most relevant tasks. For instance, make sure to inform your kids and other family members and to enlist their help in all the sorting, packing and cleaning up that must be done. Get your possessions ready and ensure that there is enough access to your property during the move, without blocking the road when loading your items onto vehicles.
Having a removal plan will aid you in envisioning the outcome, which is a huge help in reducing that stressed-out feeling. By visualising often, you can become more confident that you are staying on top of everything that must be done, and you’ll feel more at ease and ready.
3. Do research on your new home
Before your removal date, make sure to gather as much information as possible on your new residence and its surroundings.
Whenever possible, get a floor plan of your new house. This will help you see how things should be arranged after the move. In addition, determine the locations of the closest schools, supermarkets, hospitals, parks, restaurants, banks and shopping centres. It’s also a good idea to check the events that often take place in and around your new neighbourhood.
4. Keep, donate or throw out your things
Take this opportunity to de-clutter your home. Make sure to keep only the essentials and the items with true sentimental value. For items you won’t be using anymore or those you can’t or don’t want to bring with you, consider selling or throwing them out. This is also your chance to donate some of your items to people who can make use of them.
5. Pack your belongings early
Start packing early because this task takes much longer than you would expect. As much as possible, do a little packing daily several months or weeks ahead of the move so you won’t feel stressed out while doing it. By doing so, you will be surprised at how many boxes you have already packed and how much space you have cleared.
Invest in high-quality packing materials, such as boxes, butchers paper, bubblewrap, and tape. The boxes must be available in various sizes to accommodate both small and big items.
Pack items that you don’t use daily first. The things in the kitchen can be packed last because you may still be using many of these items until your final days in the house.
Consider dismantling the heavy furniture before move day first because this often takes longer than expected.
Don’t forget to pack essentials for the first 24-48 hours upon arrival in your new home. This must include important cooking and dining utensils, bed linens, spare changes of clothes, and bathroom essentials.
Label each box properly with its contents and where it must be placed in your new home. This will make unpacking a lot easier.
6. Hire removalists
Facing the removal by yourself is tiring and stressful. Asking for help from your family and friends is a good idea, but unless they know what they are doing and can move heavy and fragile furniture and other items, it is best to hire removalists instead. These professionals know exactly what should be done – from packing and unpacking, to lifting, loading and unloading.
With our professional removal services here at Ashtons Removals, you will have peace of mind that your belongings will reach your new home damage-free and on time. We will help take away much of the stress associated with the removal process. We disassemble, transport, assemble and arrange your furniture for you.
We can also pack and unpack all your items. If you want to pack your belongings yourself, we can provide you with high-quality packing materials at an affordable rate. If you are looking for extra space for some of your goods, we offer the best mobile storage solution on the Gold Coast.
7. Take care of yourself
The removal process can get you out of your comfort zone. Also, it can distract you from living normally and healthily during this transition period. You may find yourself not sleeping well or eating right because you worry too much about getting everything done, and done on time.
Don’t allow the relocation stress get on your nerves. No matter how tempting it becomes, you should not stray from your existing healthy daily routine. Eat nutritious food, work out regularly, spend quality time with family, friends and pets, and find ways to rest and relax.
For instance, you can take relaxing showers before going to bed or engage in hobbies during the weekends. These healthy strategies will boost your energy levels, help you become more patient, and avoid irritability.
The relocation process will take up much of your thoughts and energy, but there are ways to relieve the associated stress. Have an enjoyable, stress-free removal experience by following the advice provided above as well as this guide to moving house.