Moving to a new home takes time. It’s just not something that can be done quickly. So how can you ensure that you have enough time to do everything, as well as looking after the family as well? Well, it’s all about time management, and you can read on for some top tips that will help you perfect yours.
Book time off
First things first, if you are moving locally or you work for yourself it may be tempting to keep going and not book any time off work. This is, however, a mistake because moving is like a job itself and you certainly can’t easily do both at the same time.
I’m not saying book the entire time from when you sell your home to the day you get your new one, but you will need around 3-5 days to allow you to pack and then settle in the new place properly.
Plan your time in phases
Next, because moving house is such a big job, it can really help to plan your time. However, a precise down to the hour plan is only going to work for the actual day of the move. For the run-up and unpacking stage, it much better to use a phased system.
That means you establish all the thing that you need to get done by a certain date and work through them one by one. This can be so helpful because even if certain things like cleaning the house or packing a certain room takes longer than you thought, you can easily adjust your plan, but still stay on target.
Banish the moving day rush
Time is something that is vital to manage on the day of the move too. After all, once you have exchanged, it’s usually a speedy process of getting packed and then vacating. That means you have to use your time very well during this period.
A particularly good way of doing this is to get some help from professional moving companies with the packing and unpacking of the truck. Something that can take a lot of time and effort in an already difficult day. This then leaves you with free time to manage the move and do all the little jobs like turning off the water, and making sure everywhere is locked up and ready for the next residents.
Set an unpack date
Last, of all, don’t think that your task is over once you have arrived in your new house. You still have all that unpacking to do before it feels like a real home.
Time is critical is this stage as well, because you need to set yourself a cut off point for when the whole place will be unpacked. Otherwise, it’s easy to just get to the essentials and then have the rest of your home still stuck in boxes for ages. Something that isn’t going to help you settle in comfortable and really makes the most of your new life in your new home.