Tips and tricks for moving out and moving in
1. Get the place you really want and know what you REALLY want.
I was initially against renting and my fiance wanted a house vs. a condo so we bought a small lot in a land far far away. When we did the math, however, we figured we'd probably spend about the same amount of money on toll and gas going to and from there as we would if we rented a condo closer to work. Not to mention we'd have to spend a ton of time in traffic and money on a house before the wedding if we wanted to come home to it after. We still have that lot and we still plan to move there someday but I'm now writing this in the condo we're renting a 10-minute walk from work and I wouldn't have it any other way.
2. Measure EVERYTHING.
This was the very first thing I did. You don't want to move in only to find your stuff won't fit in the door. I used to bring measuring tape with me every time we went home shopping.
3. Leave your junk behind.
One of my decluttering rules is, if I haven't seen it or used it in a year, it's time to give it up. Not only did it make moving easier, it gave my new space more, well, space! I'm also constantly motivated to keep everything neat and tidy because it's easier to clean up after yourself when you don't have much stuff to mess up in the first place. I also have more room for things I really want which brings me to my next tip:
4. Only get stuff you really need and really like.
Make a list of the things you need, rank them in order of importance, and shop from the top. While shopping, if you don't love it, don't get it. Take a photo of it (with the price tag) if you like it but you're not sure you want to get it yet. These tricks helped us pace our purchases and makes me look forward to coming home everyday. I had to sleep on a mattress on the floor for two weeks until my fiance and I found THE bed frame for us. We also didn't have a living room for almost two months because it was lower on the list after the stuff for the kitchen and dining area. My little nook was worth the wait.
5. Get tips from friends who've gone before you.
We got our dining set from Furniture Republic (along Macapagal). Our microwave, inverter fridge, and mattress were all on sale at Landmark. We scored our bed, pillows, sheets, curtains, bathroom mats, and even placemats at Mandaue Foam (Shaw and Las Pinas). We found clear glass plates and bowls at HMR (Pioneer). We got our inverter aircon for a steal from a friend of a friend who is a distributor. We got the rest of our stuff at SM Department Store. They really do have it all for you but we would have missed out on a lot of great deals if our friends didn't tell us where to find them.
6. Batch your deliveries and installations.
Find out if your village, building, or area requires permits and entry/exit hours for delivery trucks and try to schedule your deliveries on the same day. It helps to buy the bulky stuff all in the same place. Most condos don't allow noisy installations (like for your aircon, bidet, and heater) on weekends. Save your vacation leaves for those.