People usually have plenty of time to plan their house move. The more time they have to plan and organise, the easier their move-out will be. But what happens when, instead, you have to move out on a short notice? It happens, whether you've received an awesome offer to work in another city, or you just have to move to a smaller office to cut the costs. How to organise when you've only got a few weeks, or a few days to move out your belongings? It's possible and we'll break it down for you.
Get a calendar, preferably a paper one so you can easily track it. Mark the days until the Day-D and use it to arrange the tasks on daily basis. Remember, you need to organise your time perfectly, so don't leave any tasks unattended. Leave the living essentials for the last day, as you're still going to be using them until the trucks arrive. Also, you'll want to call the movers as soon as possible and schedule your house move, as they can be quite busy and you might miss on a date that would fit you.
Tip: Designate a specific day for each room. Pack kitchen on Thursday, living room on Friday…
The best tip for any quick move-out is to get rid of all the things that you won't be needing wherever you're going. Separate the things that you really want to bring with you and sell the rest at a garage sale, or give it away. This will save you a lot of money when it comes to transportation and packing, not to mention the resource you simply can't afford to waste - your time. At this point you probably know where you'll be living, so compare that space to all of your stuff and get rid of the stuff that just doesn't fit.
Tip: Get boxes in all sizes and a lot of duct tape.
Asking your friends and neighbours might be your first impulse, but think again. Do you really have the time and energy to supervise all that? Professional packers deal with these emergency situations on daily basis, and they'll do the job in half the time. They also offer insurance for any goods that they pack, so you won't have to worry about your delicate items being damaged. If you think you have enough time to do it with the help of your friends, go for it by all means. Just don't expect it to be as effective as hiring professional help.
Tip: Take a photo of all your cables and electronic equipment, so you don't have to guess what was where once you unpack.
With the residential move out covered, we can now talk about moving fast to another office. This happens every so often, for a number of reasons. Your business might have hit the expansion button and now you need a bigger office. Or you need to relocate to another city because it suits your business better. If you're going to a smaller office, you can store the extra office furniture and stationery in a self-storage unit. If the office was a lease, you'll want to hire professional help for the end of the lease cleaning.
Tip: If you're short on time, offer bonuses for your employees to help out with the move-out.
Whether it's home or office, this is an essential step that will take a few minutes from you but save you a lot of time once you start unpacking. Colour coding is also great. Red is a great colour for your boxes with fragile items. You can even get the tape in different colours and use it to visually mark your boxes instead. Another great tip is to use the colour coding to actually separate boxes for each room. So, for example, you'd put blue colour on the box with your bathroom items, green on the living room boxes etc.
Tip: Don't pack all over the house or the office. Designate one room for it, that way no stuff will get lost.
When you arrive at your destination, you'll thank yourself for investing so much effort into packing. Sit down and think for a few minutes what could go where. Once you've got it, you can unpack in just a few hours and celebrate. Planning is the key to any successful move-out, and it's possible to get organised in just a few days, depending on the amount of stuff that you have. In any scenario, the last thing you want to be doing is to panic. Just take a few deep breaths and then start packing.