How to Get Ready Fast for a Last-Minute Move
This post was kindly written for us by our friends over at Bellhops Moving.
Moving into a new home can be a complicated process at the best of times. Even with the help of a professional estate agent, and plenty of support from your friends, it's safe to say that moving is one of the most stressful experiences a person can have. However, when you find yourself with only a week- or less to get everything sorted, it can feel as though you're going insane!
Last-minute moves are unfortunately, far more common than you would like to think - particularly for people who need to leave an old rented property within a specific time frame. If you're facing a last-minute move, the following tips could help.
1. Get Rid of the Things You Don't Want
Donating or throwing away items that you don't necessarily need before a move is a great way to declutter before you set yourself up in your new house. However, when you're moving at last minute, it becomes increasingly important to make sure that you're ruthless with your belongings. The less you have to pack, the less time it will take to get everything sorted. Hire a skip if you need to and get rid of as much as you can before you schedule your moving day with your professional moving company.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Moving is something that you'll need a little help with, even at the best of times. When you're rushing through a last-minute move, it's even more important to make sure that you have the right support at your side. Contact as many friends and family members as possible who can come and help you to get your belongings organized. You might even be able to hire some help from a local company if you're in a tight spot or ask your moving company to help with packing.
3. Stock up on Packing Supplies
Make sure that you're not going to get half-way through your packing spree, just to discover that you've run out of tape and bubble wrap. Stock up on as much packing equipment as possible to prepare for your big move and remember to label your boxes so that you have an easier time of unpacking them when you reach your new property. This might seem like a waste of time when you're in a rush, but you'll be glad you did it when you're ready to unpack. You can also add labels like "fragile" to boxes to let your movers know what they need to be extra cautious with.
4. Have an Essentials Bag
Finally, pack a bag full of all the little extras you need to have a comfortable moving experience. If you're moving to a good neighbourhood, you can always ask your neighbours to borrow things like milk and sugar, but it's much harder to borrow a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Pack your essentials bag full of everything you don't want to have to search through boxes for when you're in the middle of moving day. That might include coffee, snacks, hygiene products, a fresh towel for when you're ready to shower, and some toilet roll.