So I think after nearly 4 years on the market, we may have finally sold (I say may have because nothing is concrete until we sign on the dotted line, BUT they offered and we accepted- it's just conditional on the sale of their house- will know for sure in just over a week)
So now my new energy focus for the rest of the holidays is working out a strategic plan on the best and most stress free way to move. (Oh, and finding a house to move into )
So hit me with your best moving tips- the things that really helped you survive your last move.
I am moving to a town about 45 minutes away from my current location.
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10-01-2012 12:45 #1
Best Tips for Moving House?
10-01-2012 12:58 #2
Pack up all your non-essential items now (like books, serving platters, posh wine glasses and dinner set if you have etc). Pack up all the toys and just leave the kids with one or two crates each...when they get to the other end it will be like Christmas rediscovering their old toys.
Write on the box (or a piece of paper that you tape to the box) a list of everything in the box so when looking for something you don't have to open five boxes marked bedroom to find it.
A few days before pack up your kitchen and use your picnic set to eat off. Take the kettle, tea bags/coffee, sugar etc in the car with you in moving day so you can have a cuppa at the other end.
Throw all your remote controls into your handbag so when connecting everything your not looking for them.
Get a cheap plastic sleeve display folder and place all your manuals in it then also take in the car with you so when reconnecting your systems you have them. If complicated take a picture of what connects to what on your phone so you can recreate it if needed.
Start to run your freezer and pantry down (less to have to move).
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10-01-2012 13:04 #3
If you don't use it daily, pack it.
If you haven't used it in 6 months, bin it.
Hire a skip bin & throw all binned items in it.
Keep the fridge & pantry moderately empty.
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10-01-2012 13:09 #4
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10-01-2012 13:10 #5Senior Member
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Last time we moved I put colour coded stickers on each box so the removalists could sort the boxes easily. I also numbered the boxes and had a list of what was in each box.
I also packed light things like cushions/ pillows/ throw rugs and coat hangers in drawers so they didn't need to be boxed.
Start cutting down on what you're using now- if there's 4 people in your family, pack all but 4 towels, etc.
Have your "last in, first out" box planned. Essentials that you'll need until the last minute, but you want straight up when you start unpacking. We had kettle and toaster, coffee, sugar, a couple of mugs, glasses, plates and cutlery and our folder of instruction manuals in our (oh, and chocolate too ). We kept this separate to all the other boxes and it travelled with us.
And take the opportunity to sort and cull so you don't have to move as much.
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10-01-2012 13:34 #6
We are moving in 2 days Eeek!! I have been packing for ages so we have boxes everywhere we also can't start moving things til the last minute as renovating the new house. We have however built christmas presents at the new house (BBQ swing set, trampoline) and my mil has our weiros and the rabbit
This has enabled us to keep things to a minimum
We have also cleared out most of the kitchen cupboards and other non essentials.
Good luck, it's certainly a stressful thing to go through, but I'm excited to be leaving our feral neighbours behind
Bfp!!! Little bug due 25/6/12
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10-01-2012 13:55 #8
we're not moving till at least april when our new house is finished but im already starting to cull things.
each bin day i walk thru the house with a garbage bag with the intention of filling it. so far havent had to delve too deep to fill it.
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10-01-2012 14:01 #9
Don't be too brutal when chucking things out. Many local charities will pick up from your home if you have a load of goods that can be passed on to people in need.
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10-01-2012 14:03 #10
Get some sandwich ziplock bags for screws and small parts when dismantling items.
Tape onto underside.
Newsagents sell sheets/rolls of stickers put one on each end of cables to help when going back together. We put plastic tubs on the bench 1. Extension cords and power boards/adaptors 2. Clean sheets for each bed (I make beds up ASAP when unpacking) so you don't have to find some.3. Odds & ends.
I also like to cook & freeze meals for the final days so you can clean out fridge, freezer & pantry before last bin day. You can pack more kitchen items before the day. Also living on takeaway and eating out costs way too much.
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