8 things you can do to prepare your home for a smooth move

Proper preparation can make packing and unpacking boxes a less stressful part of your move. Every year, millions of us pack up our homes and head across town or across the country to new digs. While the thrill of living in a new place can be exhilarating, the prospect of sorting through belongings, packing boxes and loading trucks is considerably less exciting.

Here are eight things you can do to prepare your home for a smoother move:

1. De-clutter your home
Ask yourself these three questions when sifting through your belongings: Do I love it? Do I use it? Do I need it? If you can’t answer “yes” to at least two of those questions for each item, then you should sell, toss or donate it.

Consider holding a garage sale to get rid of unwanted stufft his can help you save on packing expenses, because why pay to pack things you do not want? The money from the garage sale could also pay for your packing expenses on the things that you do want.”

2. Consider storage
If you’re selling your house and moving away, you may want to stash some of your stuff in a storage unit. Leave only those belongings that’ll benefit the staging of your home.

3. Empty your pantry
In advance of the move, use canned food, frozen food and other items that won’t travel well. Buy only what will be used before moving.

4. Pack room by room
Label each box to indicate its contents and the room where it’s supposed to go. For boxes packed with items you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home, write “Open First” on them. Those must-have items include toilet paper and bath towels.

For extra piece of mind, you can number each box, then track it and its contents in a spreadsheet. Color-coded labels also can come in handy to identify your belongings by room; for instance, green for the kitchen and orange for the garage.

5. Set aside important items
Hang onto passports, checkbooks, medication and other critical items. They should be kept separate from your everyday belongings. Don’t put them in boxes that’ll be heading off in a moving truck.

6. Remove distractions
Make arrangements for your children and pets to be away from your home on moving day. That’ll ease the stress for you and the movers.

7. Remember the utilities
Schedule the disconnection or transfer of utilities, such as electricity and phone, for the day after you’ll be out of your home. This way, you’ll have access to power and other services.

8. Take a deep breath and relax
Let the team at Ahearn’s Removals Port Macquarie organise your move. They have over 35 years experience and provide quality services such as packing and unpacking to ensure that your relocation is stress and hassle free.