There is no doubt that the process of moving to Birmingham, just as it is to any city, is not in any way easy. From having to mentally prepare yourself for the adjustments to all the organizing and packing (and unpacking) that comes after, everything about moving just tends to take every ounce of energy out of you.
That is why to help you ease the stress of moving into a new city, I’ve taken the liberty of gathering some moving tips you may find particularly useful. Read ahead so that your next move will be as hassle-free as possible.
Make Packing and Unpacking Fun
Packing and unpacking your belongings is an incredibly dull and tedious task. It is often the most dreaded part of the entire moving process. Ironically, it is also arguably the most crucial step in moving homes.
So, to get everything done quickly and on time, it would be beneficial to make packing and unpacking more fun and less of a chore. Here are some ways you can possibly make packing and unpacking your stuff more bearable.
- Play music
Music will definitely help pass the time while packing up everything you own into boxes, or unpacking them. A couple of songs in, and you may find yourself dancing along to the music while packing or unpacking the rest of your stuff. Moreover, music will surely improve your mood, and nothing picks up the pace of packing and unpacking stuff more than a great mood! Playing an upbeat song can definitely increase your pace.
- Spruce up your boxes
Instead of keeping track of what is in your boxes by writing them on the surface of the box with a marker, why not colour code it per room? Better yet, let every member of the household decorate their boxes and collaborate on the boxes for items in common areas!
- Make a game out of it
If you’ve got some friends or family with you, then why not make a game out of packing or unpacking your stuff? You may, for example, reward the first person to pack up their room with a gift card. Or, why not let the person who packs the most boxes choose the restaurant for your first meal in Birmingham?
- Establish a rewards system
If competition is not your thing, you may also set a goal for the group. Like, maybe, watching a film at the theatre if you finish packing within a couple of days? You can even incentivize yourself with a massage for finishing the packing as soon as possible!
Hire Movers To Help You Transport Your Stuff
After packing comes transporting your stuff, and the logistics of it all can easily be the reason for a lot of the stress that comes with the moving process. However, you can easily avoid this and make things much easier for you by simply hiring professional movers to help you transport your stuff.
You may be thinking about the costs of it all. Well, in all honesty, hiring a man and van in Birmingham is probably gonna cost you less than renting a moving van, driving and refuelling it all yourself. And think of how much time and energy you’re saving.
Moreover, by driving it alone, you are solely responsible for the safety of your belongings. That means a lost or broken item, and in turn, your money will be lost for good. This will not be the case when you hire a man with a van, as they offer some amount of insurance for the items you have entrusted to them.
By hiring a man and van, you are also saving yourself from any injuries you may acquire while carrying or transporting heavy boxes and furniture. Here are 8 ways to find the best moving company for your needs.
Coordinate With A Real Estate Agency
If you are selling your current house and purchasing a new home in Birmingham, then it would be best for you to coordinate with one real estate agency for both your sale and your purchase. By doing so, your agent will be able to ensure that both transactions are closed simultaneously.
However, if you are moving from way out of town, then it would be advisable for you to find a reputable real estate agent for homebuyers in Birmingham instead. If you are unsure about how to begin looking for a real estate agent in Birmingham, your agent in your current area may be able to refer you to one.
GM Real Estate, for example, can refer you to any of their partner agencies around the country.
Don’t Be Afraid To Communicate With Your Neighbours
Many people believe that a move can only be considered successful once you’ve gone out and connected with at least one of your neighbours. Fortunately, doing so isn’t too difficult as it would seem in Birmingham.
While it is considered one of the busiest cities in the UK due to its size, the atmosphere and diversity in Birmingham make it fairly easy for you to meet people.
Use this opportunity to get recommendations on places to see, people to meet, restaurants to eat and many more! After all, nobody knows a city better than its locals!
Explore The City
As repetitive as this may seem, getting to know your city before you move into it will definitely make the transition much smoother.
If seeing and exploring the city before you move is not feasible, at least take the time during your first week to just get a feel of how it is to be a local in Birmingham. See what the city is all about and slowly immerse yourself into its rich and diverse culture!