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How to organise, plan and prepare for a household move

You got the new job, found an apartment to rent, and even have a few friends awaiting you when you move to a new city. But in the meantime, you’ve got an apartment of stuff to get from here to there. This is usually where the real work begins.

And it’s also when one feels very stressed. In fact, moving house is regarded as one of the most stressful things one has to do. In a survey among British respondents, “six out of 10 people cited moving as the most stressful life event with divorce or a break up coming in second.” So, to make sure everything runs smoothly, you have to ensure that you are physically, mentally and financially prepared for the move.

In its work as a provider of furniture and household appliances, local company Teljoy often deals with home moves, and they have some advice to share. The guide below will show you how to move to a new city using logical and sensible moving steps and tips.


Create a folder for all the important documents

First thing’s first, you’ll need a notebook or a folder to gather all the things you need. This way, you’ll have somewhere to keep your moving checklists, organise your timeline, and store all the paperwork. Establish a folder for moving documents, contracts, and receipts (you’ll want to keep track of all of these), gather important personal information (e.g. passports, IDs and licences) and any financial documents relating to your new home (think mortgage/loan agreement/lease.)

Put together a moving checklist

Whether you’re moving out for the first time or for the 20th time, you’ll definitely need a checklist. Then, you can start building your timeline. Generally, it’s helpful to plan your move in weekly increments: 8 weeks, 4 weeks, 2 weeks and so on. This way you break your move into smaller projects that you can easily tackle.

Tally up your moving budget

One of the things to consider when moving to a new city is how your budget will be able to handle the relocation expenses. It’s also important to note that there might be some extra move-related expenses on the day of your move. So, make sure your budget is flexible enough for situations where more money is needed.

Shop for items in your new home

A new home means new furniture! Be sure that you have everything you need to live comfortably after you move. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your furniture, replace items that don’t fit your new space, and invest in a new bedroom suite. Love your new home but can’t stand the floors? Choosing new hardwood, for example, is much easier to install before you move in. Another great way to make sure your new home is for move-in day is to rent all the things you need before moving. A useful tip: Teljoy allows you to rent‐to‐own everything from furniture, electronics, appliances and gym equipment. The best part about this is that you have the option to take ownership of the equipment after the predetermined rental period.


Writer: Delia De Villiers

Courtesy of Private Property



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