Moving overseas is regularly listed as one of the most stressful life events – after losing a loved one or your job. Finding easy moving tips can be hard to come by.
Whether you’re relocating across town or moving overseas to go back home due to Covid, these 6 moving tips by professional organiser Nathalie Ricaud take the hassle out of moving. So if you’re planning on a big move overseas, these moving tips will make the process a lot smoother.
Need moving help? Through her company, Get Organised & Beyond, Nathalie has helped many families in Singapore organise their moves, so they can settle into a more peaceful place to call home.
Here are 6 key moving tips to follow:
1. Create a master plan
Even if your move is sudden (i.e., you lose your work pass), you’ll save time and stress later if you take an hour to list everything that needs to be done. Set deadlines – by working backward from the moving date – and look at which asks could be delegated. Tip: Note them into your planner or e-calendar. Then, monitor your plan, weekly at first, then daily as you get closer to the moving date.
2. Make lists
Lists keep you on track. Here are some sample ones to make:
- Parties to notify of the move and contracts to terminate, transfer and/or open
- Inventory list of important household items with estimated values for insurance purposes
- If relocating internationally, items that require air-shipping while you wait for your container
- Packing supplied needed, if you are packing them yourself
- Items to be returned to your landlord and home repairs to be done
- Basic cleaning products and tools needed once everything has been packed
3. Consolidate info
Designate one folder to hold all vital records and information related to the move, including: quotations, invoices and receipts; children school records if they’re changing schools; medical records and referrals if you’re changing doctors; regulations regarding pets’ transfer; floor map of your new home, etc. Keep it easily accessible until you’re settled into your new home.
A move is made up of a lot of tasks. And, every little bit of help counts! Think of your spouse – can they apply for mail redirection online? Get your children to purge broken or no longer used toys.
Do a cost-benefit analysis, and consider engaging third-party providers such as cleaning and repair companies to help you return your home to its original condition – and get a higher chance of getting your deposit back.
5. Don’t drag the excess
Let go of what you no longer use, need or love. It’ll save you packaging and moving costs, as well as packing and unpacking time.
Start with items that are a no-brainer for you to part with: expired food and cosmetics, food containers without matching lids, single or hold-ridden socks, outdated travel guides and so on. Then, take a serious look at items that won’t support your future life – such as winter clothes (if you’re going somewhere with no seasons).
Take into consideration that selling items takes time, especially for a summer of December relocation, when you’ll be competing with other expats. If you’ve got plenty of small items to sell, an open house, or a garage, yard or stoop sale is the most efficient solution. If you’re planning to sell online, set a minimum amount under which to donate various items.
6. Pack (and unpack!) strategically
Keep things together when packing. When disassembling furniture, put screws and hardware in a bag and tape it to the corresponding piece. Don’t mix thing from different rooms in the same box.
Plan how you will arrange your furniture and belongings in your new home. If you can, label each box with where you want it to go rather than where it came from. Add a brief outline of its contents.
Pack a bag of essential items for the moving day: medications, toiletries, an extra set of clothes, ID and credit cards, and important documents. Don’t forget books and toys to keep your children entertained. If your work schedule won’t allow you to unpack for a few days, pack a suitcase with a couple of extra outfits, bed sheets and towels.
So you can be operational quickly, unpack the priority boxes first – daily kitchenware, bedsheets and towels, toiletries and clothes. Flatten each empty box to save space before moving onto the next one.
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Originally by Nathalie Ricaud, The Finder Issue 299 / Last updated by Isabel Wibowo
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