Moving from A to B should be simple enough, yet most people find moving houses to one of the most stressful experiences. You are leaving behind a place of safety and comfort, giving up on a secure spot only to embark into a completely unknown territory – it can lead even the most nomadic of us to stress and complain.
It doesn’t have to be such an overwhelming process, though, and those who have done it a few times already may be able to help you a bit along the way.
Here are the best tips from serial-movers, making it so much easier for the rest of us to find comfort in our new home as soon as possible.
#1 Pack and unpack cleverly
When we pack, we tend to work our way through the house and dedicate a few boxes for kitchen and a few for the bathroom, leaving us to scramble through all of them in order to just find a few items.
Try to think about what you need as soon as you unlock your new home and pack a box for this purpose. It may include all your bathroom stuff, for example, a few pots and plates, as well sheets for the beds. Label the box of essentials accordingly, and you’ll be your own packing hero.
It will save you a lot of time on the day you need some safety and comfort more than ever and, let’s face it; you’re not going to have the energy to unpack everything on the first day.
#2 Inspect the property
Before you even attempt to unpack those boxes, you need to inspect your new home. The landlord is responsible for having everything in order, but if you fail to call them out on their blunders, who will hold them to account?
It may even come back to haunt you when you’re moving out later, as the landlord will hold you responsible for the faults to the property.
Someone should have been over to look at the plumbing and wiring long before you move in, but there are other areas you’ll benefit from taking pictures and making notes of. It’s particularly relevant if you need to contact a slip and fall attorney later on due to a fault on your landlord’s side which could have been avoided.
The carpets should be thoroughly inspected, as well as the floor in general, and no tiles should be missing from the kitchen or bathroom. Examine the walls as well, making a note of any chips to the paint, and make absolutely sure that the windows can open easily as it may pose a huge safety hazard if they can’t.
#3 Redirect the mail
As a last note, remember not to leave your poor mail behind at your old address. Any services and mail need to be redirected as soon as you move, as you risk missing out on utility bills, changes to your council services, and other notices that you don’t want to miss out on.
Until the world is completely digital, pay attention to the mailbox at your old address and treat those old school letters to a redirection as early on as possible.
It makes the whole moving process a bit more comfortable, and you get to settle in without any hiccups.
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