Packing up and moving on is never a fun thing to do but there is light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of a new home and a new start. Whether your home is a new one or a second-hand home you will need to pack up everything and have a good strategy in place for orchestrating a good and clean move without too much inconvenience. Luckily, we have some tips to share with you:

Declutter and get rid of stuff you don’t need – This is your opportunity to get rid of the things you don’t need and be strict with yourself and the rest of your family on what you will bring to your new home. No one wants to fill a new home with things you don’t need from the get-go so be ruthless and declutter to the max, keeping what you need instead of what you think you need.

Label boxes and keep important things aside – Labelling boxes will make unpacking a lot easier and keeping the most important things aside is a good strategy. For example, you will need toothbrushes, toilet roll, hand soap, clothes, maybe meds and other things. Don’t forget to keep the bedding out and do make up your bed first as you will be exhausted later in the day. Also, keep snacks and drinks on hand too, in a separate bag so you can have things to eat and drink for the day.

Think about getting moving professionals in – Yes, it costs money, but a professional moving service can save a lot of hassle. Regardless of whether you have a mate with a van there will be several trips needed and if you’re thinking about throwing everything into a car that isn’t ideal either. You should ring around to get the best price and let the moving company see what it is that needs to be moved so there are no changes to the price.

Change over everything – You will need to change your address, your doctor’s clinic, vets etc if required too. If you have kids, you may have to enrol them into new schools or creches. Take photos of the gas/electricity meters for the home you are leaving and your new one. Shop around for the best prices for TV, broadband, electricity and heating.

Eat out and ask for help – Eating out is mandatory considering the stress levels! Asking for help is vital and people are happy with the kids to ensure they don’t get stressed with the move. Bring the kids home when all their boxes are in their bedrooms so they can settle in quickly. The same goes for pets, move them when you are settled, get a pal to mind your pet or put them into a kennel for the night.

Make a budget plan– Make a budget and stick to it as money may be tight for the months ahead. Be smart about going out and download money budgeting apps that are good to keep track of your spending.

Once the packing is done reward yourselves and begin to enjoy living in your new home.