Relocating to a new city or moving to a new house in a different neighbourhood can be very stressful. There is a lot to handle for the actual moving day to be hassle-free. The move is even more stressful when you’re relocating to a smaller property.
Moving to a smaller house or apartment means having to downsize your furniture and personal belongings. Fortunately, there are some great tips that will help you get through the relocation process without losing your mind.
Understand the new space
One of the first and most important things to do when you’re moving to a new, smaller property is assessing the new space. You need to know the size of the new property, as well as its shape or layout. At first glance, that big bed you have may seem suitable for the new place, but the shape of the bedroom can make that same bed too big for the new space.
Have a layout of the place drawn up so you can plan ahead. Do this as early as possible so that you can work on where to put your current furniture and other belongings. A layout can also help you work with professional movers if you choose to use their services, since you can have them place your belongings correctly on moving day.
Document your items
Next, you need to make a list of all of your belongings. For larger items such as furniture appliances, make sure you also take note of their sizes. Smaller items that you can store in a box or in drawers just need to be documented.
A complete list is just the first step. Next, you need to start grouping the items together based on how frequently you use them and other factors. At this point, you can also start removing items that you no longer use, as well as those that are too big for the new house.
It’s a tedious process, I know, but a necessary one nonetheless. Even when you’re moving to a bigger place, having a complete list of items to relocate is always a good thing. You can pack better and have better control over the moving process by completing this step.
Sell and share
Instead of trying to get rid of the items that won’t fit in the new property, it is actually better to rent a storage space for them. There are a lot of great storage facilities – and similar services in other areas – that you can rent for a reasonable price.
Storing unused items in a self-storage unit brings you two benefits. First, you can get the items out of the way before moving day. It is also easy to stay organized while keeping the unused items safe at all times. The second benefit is more time to sell or offload them. Since you now have extra time on your hands, you can sell the items after the moving day and get better prices for them.
These basic tips will help you make moving to a smaller property a lot less stressful. Good luck with the move!