As we all know, moving involves a lot of tasks. For this reason, planning is necessary as it requires your time and efforts which could be a big nightmare. This is undeniably true, especially for a short notice move. There are some reasons for a short notice move. It may be you don’t have enough time to find out you have to move because of a limited-time job offer, financial challenges and you need to sell your house right away or just too much procrastination and you just find yourself completely unprepared a few days before your removalist arrives.
Whatever reason you have, determining how to act quickly for your last-minute move should be done. If this is your first time to experience an urgent move, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and read this guide we have created to aid you with your last-minute home move.
1. Create a plan and checklist
Given that it is a last-minute move, you may feel that creating a plan is just a waste of time. But in fact, this step is more essential and should be prioritised for you to organise and manage your time well. Make a moving checklist as detailed as possible for you to avoid forgetting things but make sure to just add the important ones. This should include all necessary tasks, the order they should be done, and their deadline. This way, you can stay on track and free up your mind from those tasks.
You may start by booking a removalist Perth, contacting your friends and family, decluttering, sorting out your utilities and changing your address. Creating a separate packing checklist is quite useful to prevent forgetting important stuff. The moving and packing checklists may seem overwhelming but sooner or later, you’ll have everything crossed off. Remember to follow your moving checklist firmly for a successful move.
2. Find a removalist immediately
Once you have created your moving checklist, it’s time to carry out the task. First on the list is to find a professional removalist to help you with your move. Since you don’t have enough time to do some research due to limited time, using a website like Upmove can immediately assist you with finding moving companies that can help with your move. Remember to ask them what services they offer such as packing. This way, you can save yourself from packing all your belongings in a hurry but take note of the additional charges this may incur. The earlier you have arranged your removalist, the sooner you can start working with other tasks you have on your list.
3. Declutter your belongings
If you accumulated tons of belongings in your current home, you should give time to declutter even if you have minimal time. You should sort out which belongings you do and do not need in your new home. Remember, the fewer items you must pack, the easier packing will be which is essential especially if your chosen removalist does not offer packing. However, if they do, decluttering will save you time, space, and money as they will be packing fewer items.
When you are decluttering, the best way is to go through each room, cabinet and closet of your house and pull out that stuff you no longer need and separate them into two categories: donate, and discard. Once you have them sorted, take the trash out especially those who are not useful anymore, and donate those items that are still in good condition to your local charity. You may also have unopened and unexpired foods which usually includes canned goods, donating them to your local food pantry is also a worthy cause.
4. Make a bag or box of essentials
This part is necessary before you start packing your items. Set aside a bag or a box to fill out with the essentials you surely need in the first 24 to 48 hours of arriving at your new home. Each person in your home should have their own box or bag of essentials. The items you need to include are important documents, toiletries, essential technologies (phone, charger, laptop, etc.) medications, and some changes of clothes.
Making a bag of essentials is especially important during a short notice move. If you are doing the packing yourself, you don’t have time to label each of your boxes. This bag or box of essentials can avoid you from opening all boxes when you need your essentials when you arrive at your new place. This job is required before you start another major task which is packing.
5. Ask for help
This process will be a big challenge in every move especially in a short notice one. One task that is truly time-consuming is packing and having other hands to assist you is a big help. Try to ask friends or even relatives to help you out. You can speed up the process and at the same time, you have fun with them. It never hurts to ask for help but just make sure to prepare some snacks as a token of your appreciation for all their help. This will not only speed up the process of packing but will also give you time to spend with them before you move to your new place.
6. Start Packing
Packing in a hurry can be overwhelming but this will become easier once you start doing the process. However, if you plan to get help from removalist Adelaide, as mentioned above, you can ask them if they offer packing services. Since they are already experienced enough on this task, the packing will require fewer hours compared to if you do it yourself. However, if you believe that you can do it, and if you are lucky enough to have your friends help you, the packing will be easier and faster. Just make sure to follow your packing list in order and strictly. By doing so, you have an organized process of packing which means everything will be packed before the deadline.