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Ask anyone who’s ever had to move out before and they’ll not shy away from sharing all the negative things about it. For the most part, there’s some truth to the negativity—moving houses can be a mentally taxing and stressful experience, after all, especially if you’re setting out on your own for the first time.

But don’t let these horror stories set an unwavering impression on you. With a little bit of planning and forethought, moving out can be a smooth and manageable challenge that you and your family can conquer. As moving day fast approaches, here are our top tips for moving to a new place with grace and elegance.

1) Purge the Unnecessary

If you’ve lived in your current home for decades, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of trinkets and knick-knacks over the years. Before you start boxing all these items up, consider getting rid of these items that don’t add value to your life.

While they may have some sentimental value to you now, items that you’ve outgrown will wound up being a burden to you in your new home. They could just end up cluttering your house and taking up precious storage space. Be ruthless when you start sorting through your belongings and figure out which items to keep, donate or sell to your local neighbourhood.

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2) Hire a Removalist Company

Lugging a box of heavy items to unload to your truck can make you feel cool and strong at the start, but multiply that task by ten and you’ll undoubtedly be sick of it.

Instead of performing the back-breaking work by yourself, consider hiring professional movers on Muval or local removalist companies to handle the heavy lifting. Not only will it save you from time and potential injury, but these furniture removal companies also provide professional services that can allow you to focus on other move-related duties.

Relying on moving professionals minimises the risk of your belongings getting scratched, bumped or broken in transit. And let’s face it, wouldn’t it feel great to arrive at your new home, all stress-free, with a large moving truck trailing behind?

3) Plan with a Moving Checklist

Sifting, organising, and packing your belongings can be a time-consuming ordeal. If you want to smoothen out the process and look calm and collected while doing so, consider making a moving checklist that spans the entire duration of the move.

The moving checklist should include everything you need to facilitate the move, from booking a removalist to sorting out your bills and utilities. When you list down all the tasks that need to be done, you can more easily track your progress and feel less overwhelmed about everything you need to do.

You’ll also not forget any crucial tasks that need to be done, since they’ll all be documented in the checklist.

4) Label and Track Everything

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new place and fumbling through your boxes in search of that one item you’re looking for. To keep everything organised and make unpacking easier, do your future self a favour by labelling the boxes and tracking the items that are inside.

Not only will this make unpacking much faster, but it’ll also keep everything systemised and easy to follow later on. For instance, you can label a box that contains all your kitchenware and another box that contains your kid’s clothing. You can also label boxes that have fragile equipment, which can signal removalists to know which boxes to handle with extra care.

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5) Keep Your Important Documents Safe

When you’re in the midst of moving, it’s easy to lose track of important documents such as your passport, birth certificate, and medical records.

While you can put them in the truck, it’s a safer idea to keep these items close to you. The last thing you want is to misplace these important documents and have to go through a tedious and expensive process of replacing them.

So when moving, be sure to keep a small bag near you that has all of your essentials while you travel. This doesn’t only include your passports and IDs, but also first-day essentials such as clothing, hygiene items, medications, and electronics.

You should also make copies of your important documents and store them in a safe place to avoid getting into any sticky situations. This way, you’ll at least have a backup if the original document gets lost.

6) Greet Your New Neighbours

A new neighbourhood means a new set of people to get to know. If you want to set a good first impression, take the initiative to get to know your neighbours and build good relationships with them by stopping over to say hi.

Introducing yourself can be as easy as baking some pastries, knocking on your neighbour’s door, and giving them a new-neighbourly gift as a greeting of peace. You can even invite them over for dinner or to a party as a way to treat yourself after the stressful move.

Moving can be daunting, but with the right support system, you can make the experience less stressful and more memorable. As such, don’t miss out on the opportunity to build connections with your new neighbours and the local community. You’ll never know what can blossom from a simple hello until you try!

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