So you’re planning a home move to a new property and now you have to deal with all your stuff. Everything is going to have to be packed up, dismantled, wrapped up and carted off to the new place. It seems like a massive undertaking.

Where should we begin? I always recommend that people who are planning a home move, start their planning process by drawing up a floor plan of the new house or flat. A lot of estate agents provide floor plans as part of the property’s online listing. You could easily download the images from the internet and print them to a scale that suits you. Alternatively, a simple hand-drawn layout is perfectly fine as well. The main thing is to have a reasonable estimate of the proportions of each room. Secondly, you want to have a general idea of the size of the available floor space.

Use the Floor Plan as a Planning Tool

Now we can use the floor plan to plot out furniture and storage areas. Before filling in the spaces, take a moment to reflect on what you want your new life to look like. For example, if you’re making this home move because you need extra space for a new member of the family, plot that into your floor plan. The new baby will need a crib, a changer and a chest of drawers or shelves for storage. For the first run, fill out your floor plan without consideration of what you already own. Look at all the things you’ll be doing in the new house. Everyone in the family needs a place to sleep, so draw in the bedrooms. Each bedroom needs a bed and some storage for clothing. Does your family like to eat at a dining table, a breakfast bar or on the sofa? Does your family like to watch TV together or do you each watch your own on separate devices? Take all your family idiosyncrasies and the new changes that you are introducing and use them to plan out what furniture and storage you need in your new home.

Once you’ve planned the layout of your new home, make a list of all the furniture and storage that you need. Now review the list of what you need and check off everything that you already have. The items that remain unchecked on your list are things that you will have to buy for your new home. Now you can go round your current home and take a look at the furniture that did not make it on to your list. You may still want to take some of these items to your new home for sentimental reasons. But you may very well find that you can do without some of those items. You could try offering them to others who may be in need. You could try selling them online or you may opt to dispose of them. It’s always working thinking through these things before you conduct your home move.

Use the Floor Plan as a Communication Tool

In the run up to your home move you will find that many conversations arise about your new home. You will be discussing with fellow family members about where the furniture should go. You might be discussing with builders about a renovation project. You might be discussing with an interior designer about decor ideas. Or with a decorator about paintwork that needs to be done. In all these scenarios it is immensely handy to have a map of the house that can be used a visual tool to aid communication.

While conducting removals, we have found that floor plans help to speed up the home move job. This is mainly because the customer can clearly and easily tell us exactly where they want each thing to be placed. When the customer has already made most of the decisions about how they want their new home to be set up, it means that we can get it done for them very quickly. However, if we have a team of people at the ready to bring furniture in to the new house, but then have to wait for the customer to make their decisions, it slows the whole process down.

So when you are planning your next home move, I strongly recommend that you make use of a floor plan to help you through your planning process. And to communicate your ideas with other people.