There’s no doubt about it- moving home is stressful. But it doesn’t have to be anxiety-filled, and if you do a little preparation, it can even be a smooth experience.

Here are some tips you must know about moving home:

Organise Early

The last thing you want to do is leave things until the last minute. Unless you suddenly have to pack up and move, you’re likely to have more than enough time to get your life in order. Make a list of everything you need to do and divide it up into tasks you can complete each week. To make things easier, assign family members their own tasks so you don’t feel like you need to do everything yourself. Kids can be responsible for sorting through their own toys, and your partner can help with many of the other tasks.

Think Strategically

It’s always a good idea to have a plan in place for move day. You’ll need to know how you and the family will be getting from point A to point B on your actual moving day. If you’re moving within the same city, you’ll probably want to get in touch with some friends who have trucks or hire a truck or trailer yourself. If you’re making a big move and are heading to a different state, you’ll probably want to get some quotes from some moving companies.

Get rid of some stuff

Moving is one of the best times to have a huge spring clean. Take note of all of the things you no longer use. Some things like electronics can be sold, while the friends helping you move may want first pick of the furniture you’re willing to get rid of. Any clothes, bedding, or kids toys can be donated to a worthy cause.

Label your things

Remember to label absolutely everything to make it easier once you’ve arrived at the other side. Consider putting all the things you’ll need for your first night in a clear plastic container so you can easily see where things are. You may also want to pack a carry bag with toiletries, pajamas, and anything else you’ll need for your first night in your new house- this will save you time hunting for things when you’ll already be tired from moving.

It’s also a good idea to use brightly coloured tape for your labels. That way you can have one colour for each room, making it easy to see where things should go at a glance.

Change your address

This is an important thing to consider, and you should change your address at least two weeks before moving day.that way you can ensure that your mail will go to your new address and not your old one.

Choose a reputable moving company

If you’re choosing a moving company, take a look at reviews online. Movers should have insurance that will protect you in case any of your belongings are damaged. If you do happen to need to speak to a professional after your move, get in touch with Slater & Gordon.