Sometimes, it’s not easy or even possible to plan a nice, slow move that gives you plenty of time to organise.

Sometimes you have to hit the ground running and keep running, whether it’s due to a new family member on the way, having to move for a job, or some other reason. If that’s the case, here’s how you ensure you don’t trip on your way to your new home.

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Arrange the move as quickly as you can

If you’re not able to pack everything you own into the back of your car, you’re going to need help. It might mean renting a van, asking friends for some help, or hiring movers. If you need the latter, then you need to book now. The closer you get to moving day, the harder it may be to pin down the services you need for that day. This is especially true if you’re moving home in the summer or the spring.


What to do about the old home?

If you’re a tenant, let the landlord know you’re moving ASAP. If you aren’t able to give them the notice as determined in the contract, then you might have to pay a little more rent even after you move out. If you own a home, waiting on the housing market might not be the most plausible answer for you. To that end, you can arrange a quick sale through companies that say things like “we buy any house.” You might not get as much money as you would if you had time to spend advertising it to private buyers, but it’s an easy way to free up plenty of quick cash from your home.


Buy packing materials as soon as you can

Even if you have a week ahead of you, it’s wise to start pre-packing as soon as you can. Get the supplies you will need, such as boxes, foam peanuts, and more, which you can find in many hardware stores. Label the boxes you packed based on what room the stuff inside will be going to, so that it’s much easier to organise the unpacking process. As you get up towards moving day, you should be packing a little more each time so that, come the big day itself, you really don’t have much packing left to do.


Don’t move everything you own

Got too much stuff to take with you? Then take the time to ask what you have so much stuff, anyway. You might have kept hold of clutter that you don’t really have any need for over the years and it might be time to get rid of some of it. You can sell some of your things online (so long as they’re likely to get a quick sale), arrange a garage sale, or donate and recycle what you can.


With the tips above, you should be able to manage a move in a much shorter time without having to abandon half your things and leave your old home unsold. Just remember to take the time to update your address with anyone who needs it after the move, too.

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