Moving on from talking about moving… here are some tips that should save you some serious money
- De clutter and organise as soon as you know the date of moving. (or even if you are not moving, always a good idea in my books!)
This is the most cost saving tip I can think of – every item you decide to de clutter now will not be packed into boxes and will not cost you any further money!
De clutter: get rid of everything you don’t need any more or won’t need in the new house. Store like with like and label like crazy!
- Everything you don’t need in the next 6 month
Start packing everything you won’t need in the next 6 month: seasonal decorating, unseasonal clothing, sentimental value, kids toys and clothes for the future, Christmas crockery, rarely used board games…
number your boxes, clearly state the content, clearly state which room/area of the new house they will be going into. Store in the front of the garage till you feel you are done with that part of the move.
If you have the space, store them in the front of the garage, if not hire a storage space for 6 month. (When filling that space be aware, that what you put in first will come out last!)
- This should leave everything you need in the next 6 month in your house.
Keep sorting and purging, putting like with like. The more organised you live now, the more organised your move will be – because it will be easy for the removalist to pack your categories. Leave stickers and notes around the house, specifically on furniture, stating where they are going in the new house or if they are coming with you at all. This should leave a clear playing field for the removalist come moving day… You could even book a day at the spa or treat the family to a night in a hotel! You deserve it after all that preparation you have done; you can afford it with all the clutter you got rid off that you don’t have to pay being packed and moved!
- Everything you need on the moving day and first day in the new home
Think of it like a holiday; pack a suitcase with your most important documents (Grab and Run File) some snacks and treats, something for the kids to do on their own when parents get stressed and busy, important phone numbers, chargers, two or three changes of clothes, bed linen…
Place it in a designated area and communicate to everyone what this is and that its NOT going to be packed under any circumstances. The car works well for this!
A friend of mine moved the whole family overseas, with two kids under six. The removalist accidently packed the bag with very important documents, including the passport! We tried to get emergency passport parallel to unpacking the whole container at the depot. The bag was found in the end, but the stress was huge!