In a perfect world, you would have months to prepare for process of moving out of one property and into another. But whether you are under pressure from external time constraints, are looking for a quick escape, or have failed to manage your time effectively, a growing number of homeowners are on the hunt for a last-minute move. Continue reading to find out how you can streamline the process of moving in a hurry.
Get rid of any unwanted items
Before you move, it may benefit you to get rid of any unwanted items ahead of time. The less items you are required to pack, the less stressed you are likely to be. When it comes to moving, preparation is key. You must ensure you have checked each room, wardrobe, drawer, and cupboard and donated any unwanted items to friends or family members, neighbours, or local charities. By donating as opposed to discarding your belongings, they will be given a brand-new lease of life and are much more likely to be enjoyed for generations to come. In addition, getting rid of any unwanted items before you move can also lessen the burden on the moving company you choose and free up space for housewarming gifts to be proudly displayed in your new home.
Consider the logistics
If you have decided on a last-minute move, you must consider the logistics ahead of time. With less time to complete each pre-moving errand, even minor tasks will appear not only unnecessary but much more difficult and time-consuming than they should. But by planning ahead as much as humanly possible, you can experience a stress-free move. If you are struggling to stick to a cohesive plan, a to-do list can streamline the entire process from start to finish and allow you to find out what has been done and what has yet to be done at a moment’s notice. One of the first decisions you should make is whether you are planning to hire an external moving company or rental truck or take on the majority of the moving process yourself. If you are stuck for time but have the money to spare, it may benefit you to outsource your moving capabilities. You must, however, ensure you find the time to source a professional company in your local area that are locally renowned and competitively priced.
Ask for help if necessary
If you are opting for a last-minute move due to procrastination on your part or external forces outside of your control, you should never be afraid to ask for help. This can be in the form of friends or families, neighbours, or an online property forum. When it comes to moving, existing homeowners and experienced estate agents will be familiar with the stresses involved throughout the entire process. As a result, they will be willing to impart any expert advice that they would have cherished during their own house-hunting journey onto you. With most homeowners struggling to navigate a move with months to spare, a last-minute move is guaranteed to present a number of challenges for all parties involved. To ensure you are progressing at a steady pace and are on target to collect the keys on your move-in date, an extra pair of hands, or two, can go a long way. This can be as simple as packing an extra box or delegating an entire room.
Pack an overnight bag
Whether you are relocating overseas or just across the across, an overnight bag can save you a considerable amount of time and money in the long run. This should, ideally, be done before you make a dent in any larger packing duties at hand. By approaching the situation with the mindset that you are set to go on holiday for a couple of days, you are much more likely to know what to pack. If you are struggling to know where to begin, consider packing basic clothing and underwear, any essential medication, your ID, wallet, and cash, your mobile phone and any smart devices, chargers, toiletries, a towel, suitable shoes, and any crucial closing documents that your estate agent may require on your move-in date. Whilst not necessarily a necessity by any means, an overnight bag can end up doubling as a survival kit during a particularly stressful, or quick, move.
If you are looking to move out and move in at a moment’s notice, there are a number of tips and tricks you should familiarise yourself with ahead of time. By doing so, you can streamline your entire move from start to finish and learn to maximise your time. For example, it may benefit you to get rid of any unwanted items, consider the logistics, ask for help if necessary, and pack an overnight bag.