Moving house can be a stressful and difficult process. There’s nothing worse than leaving your old place, where you might have lived for many years and where you might have built up some incredible memories, only to realise that you’ve forgotten something vital. It’s important not to let that happen to you, so the best thing you can do before you start moving is to create a checklist. Luckily, we’re here to help with that very task. Here are 10 things you need when you’re moving out.
1. Some cash
Believe it or not, it’s a good idea to have a little cash reserve ready when you’re moving out. You never know when you might incur some extra expense; you’ve got to pay for moving vans, after all, and there might be other things you need along the way, like cleaning supplies or even money for renovations if you’re selling up. This is where dipping into savings can be helpful, but if you can’t do that, then consider taking out quick loans or asking friends and family to help you.
2. A comprehensive checklist
Having a checklist to refer to when you’re moving out can be a godsend. Make sure to take a full inventory of everything you own. You don’t need to be too granular; you can group items into “accessories” or “ornaments”, for instance, if you’re pressed for time. However, the more detail you can go into, the better, because that way, you’ll be less likely to forget things you need. Refer to the checklist you’ve made constantly when you’re in the actual process of moving.
If you’ve been living alone, you might be tempted to try and do everything yourself, but this would be a bad idea. Don’t be afraid to seek help from friends, family, and anybody else who might be able to assist you. Moving can be an emotionally and physically demanding experience, and there’s absolutely no shame in recruiting people who might be able to give you a hand. If nothing else, they’ll be there to tell you when you’ve forgotten something critical!
4. Good removals
Make sure to shop around before you settle on a company to help with your removals. Not all companies are created equal, after all, and you absolutely don’t want to get stuck with the removals company from hell; you’ve probably got a lot of valuable or fragile items to move, and you don’t want them to be destroyed or damaged in the move. Check reviews, ask friends and family if they’ve heard of the company you’re going for, and have a chat with the company itself before committing.
5. A clean home
You should leave your home in the condition that you’d like to find it if you were moving in. That means conducting a thorough deep clean before moving on to your new property. Dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning carpets are all essential, and if you’ve got the time and inclination to spruce up the paint job in your apartment (and you’re not renting, of course), then you should do that as well. The home’s new owners or occupiers will thank you for your efforts!
Whatever documentation you need in order to move on from your current property, make sure you’ve got it ready and waiting for you. This could be anything from a deed to a lease; your situation will be unique, so only you will know exactly what you need, but the last thing you want is to be caught out without it, especially if you’re going to need it to finalise things prior to the move. Make sure all documentation is present and correct, as this will be one fewer headache for you.
We know it sounds silly, but we’ve spoken to people who’ve been ready and waiting to move into their new apartment, only to realise they don’t actually have the keys or have forgotten where they put them. Don’t let this be you. Make sure to hand over all keys you have for your current home, and make doubly sure that you have the keys for your new place as well. After all, what’s worse than arriving on the threshold of a new era of your life and not being able to enter the house?
8. Food and drink
Moving out isn’t just an emotionally draining experience; it takes a long time, too, and that’s why you need to make sure you’re adequately fed and watered for the duration of the move. Make up some lunch for yourself and grab some takeout menus for local restaurants. You’re probably not going to want to cook an elaborate meal in your new place, and if the moving process takes a couple of days, then you’re not going to want to cook in your old place either.
9. Emotional support
If you’re moving out of a home in which you’ve lived for many years, it can be a surprisingly psychologically affecting time for you. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself suffering from homesickness, especially if you’re moving into a new city or even a new country. Try to ensure you have an emotional support network around you to help you shoulder this burden. If you live with a partner or your family, don’t leave them out of the loop in this regard.
It’s time to get excited – you’re moving into a brand new place! Whatever the circumstances of your move might be, try to maintain enthusiasm, as the moving process can be pretty gruelling. Always keep your next goal in mind and try to focus on that rather than the bigger picture. That way, you’ll always know what needs to be done next, and you won’t let the size of the task overwhelm you.
We hope you found this blog post on 10 Things You Need When You’re Moving Out useful. Be sure to check out our post on 5 Things To Buy New When You’re Moving Out From Parents’ House for more great tips!
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