How excited are you to be moving to a new home? While you’re still feeling that new house high, it’s time to start planning the move. Organizing, packing, and moving your things can’t all be completed in an afternoon. Here’s the timeline you can expect for all the work ahead of you!
Getting The Move Started
Let’s start with the assumption that you’ve sold your home, you have the new home already, and that you’ve handled all the paperwork. This can take months, even years, so we’ll begin with our specialty: moving. As the homeowner, you have the organizing, cleaning, packing, loading, and unpacking all ahead of you. If you don’t want to do all that yourself, the first thing you should do is book a moving company. Try and make an appointment to book them six to eight weeks ahead of the big day. You can hire them for packing, loading, moving, and unloading, and this will save you a lot of time.
Whether or not you have decided to hire movers, the first job you have is sorting. It should start around six weeks before you have to be out of the home, and try not to do it while you are packing. It can take a week to properly sort through your items to decide which ones you’ll keep, which you’ll toss out, which you’ll give to charity.
Packing Up Your Home
Packing is the job everyone dreads, but if you start soon enough, it’s not that bad! You can expect a three-bedroom house to take about five days if you have decided to pack yourself. Of course, this is in a scenario where you’re spending the majority of each day doing the packing. If you can’t fully devote your time to the job, you can expect it to take up to two weeks. If you have a messy garage, basement, or attic, allow some extra time for packing these areas.
The best tactic is to begin organizing and packing as soon as you’ve signed your new agreement. Even if it’s eight weeks away, do the small tasks right away. You will give you enough time to calculate your needs and collect the right amount of boxes, packing paper, and other moving essentials.
Once you have everything packed and ready to load, there are some other things for which you should be prepared. These include cleaning your old house, having necessary items ready for when you arrive at the new house, and potentially working with the moving company on a plan of action. You might also need to find someone to watch your children or tend to your pets, and you might want to take some time to say goodbye to the old neighbourhood. Give yourself a week before moving day to think about everything so that nothing is forgotten.
Loading The Truck And Moving On Out
Moving day has finally arrived, and if you’ve properly prepared for it, a day is all you might need to load the truck. A three-bedroom home takes about six hours to load, sometimes more if you’re doing the job yourself, sometimes less if you have movers doing it for you.
The biggest variable is driving the truck to your new home and unloading it. The time spent on this all depends on how far you have to travel to the new place. If you’re moving within London or the surrounding area, expect travel and unloading to take another day.
All in all, you can expect the packing and move of a three-bedroom home to take two-and-a-half to three months, sometimes two in best-case scenarios. Students and seniors in smaller apartments can expect a much shorter turnaround time, and larger houses should prepare for the job to take much longer. If you start as soon as you know your move-out date and hire some help, moving will be a much more comfortable and satisfying experience!