Moving house is a fun yet daunting experience. On one hand, you’re moving into a bigger and better home while on the other, the task of packing up and then unloading valuables all over again is already mentally draining. In addition to all that, you now have to get used to a brand-new area and its surroundings.
A new home represents freedom and a sense of pride for the owner(s) – no more having to explain to the parents why you came home so late last night. The only downside of doing the moving on your own is the fact that a bakkie or flat bed truck is need in order to transport large items like the fridge or cupboard. There are also plenty of moving companies across the country that specialise in making the process easier.
Be prepared to feel tired most of the time and possibly having fast food for breakfast, lunch and supper.
Gumtree outlines helpful steps that will making moving house easier than what it’s made out to be:
Lighten the load
Sit down and make notes of items that can either be sold, donated or thrown away. Knowing what to pack and what not to, will save plenty of time, space and plenty of back and forth trips.
If you’re working from home then its vital to setup your connection and/or working space as quickly as possible. Also, sleeping on the floor is a back-breaking exercise – literally – so make sure you have an adequate place to rest.
Figure out what’s going where
Instead of storing everything in one section of the house, spread the items according to where they will most likely be placed. Not only does it free up a bit more space but gives you a good idea of the type of items i.e. kitchen items like pans and pots.
Do a deep clean
In the world that we live in with Covid-19, it’s best to be as hygienically safe as possible. Deep cleaning and sanitising the entire home before moving in is beneficial, especially if you have little ones. Knowing the house has been cleaned from top to bottom is added peace of mind.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local property information close to home.