Seven simple tips to make shifting houses in Qatar a hassle-free experience

Seven simple tips to make shifting houses in Qatar a hassle-free experience

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Are you moving to a new location in Qatar after a change in job? Are you shifting to a company-provided apartment? Relocating to a better, spacious place?

Like everywhere else in the world, many people move to new places in Qatar looking for a better quality of life or to save money. But even when one is looking forward to living in a new place, the process of shifting can be a tedious experience. Or it could be smooth sailing if you know how to approach it and plan well in advance.

Keeping in mind some basic tips will help you through the process of moving to a new place and make shifting a hassle-free experience.

Set a date for shifting

The first thing you need to do, after the legal formalities of renting an apartment or a villa, is to set a date for moving. It is always better to talk to either of the two landlords - the existing one or the new owner - so that you can get a couple of extra days and have a plan B even if you face any emergency with your planned date of shifting.

Identify your need and set a budget 

After finalising the date of moving, decide what sort of service to opt for and how much money you are ready to spend on that. Unpacking the goods is as important but also as exhausting as packing, and moving companies who operate on a budget won’t always be willing to unpack. So it is important to decide whether you need a professional service in unpacking and plan accordingly before hiring the packers and movers.

Find a mover

Research on different packers and movers in Qatar about their budgets, talk to your friends and colleagues, or refer to Qatar Living before deciding on a particular company. Talk with at least three companies to compare the prices and the services they offer. It is always better to opt for an established firm even if it costs slightly more, because in this social media age companies won’t risk a bad review and their reputation for a few easy bucks.

Be clear with the deal

Different types of companies will have different ways to operate but you need to make sure about the deal well beforehand. Some will be more careful with the packing, bubble wrap the fragile items and crockery and unpack them in the best possible way. Some movers might charge less, but would be less careful and probably with provision for unpacking. It is always better to talk with the company and understand what their deal is with us.

Carpentry

Some furniture, especially bought from Ikea, needs a bit of expertise and time to reassemble and you won’t be in a mood to do it yourself. So it is better to ensure that the movers also have expertise in carpentry. Some packers and movers offer carpentry as part of their service but you have to ensure it. The service of a carpenter will also be needed in rearranging shelves and other furniture even if it doesn’t need reassembling.

Label the boxes

It is important to categorise the stuff and label the boxes carefully so that unpacking won't be a messy business. You can categorise things as per their position in the old house - like stuff from the kitchen should be packed together, that from the master bedroom should be under one label, things from the kids' room, etc. Some people would want to organize their homes themselves taking their own sweet time. Labelling the boxes would be of great help for them as they can unpack the nonessential stuff when they have enough time on their hands.

Giving clothes and toys for charity 

Shifting to a new house will be a good time to identify clothes and toys which can go to the charity box. It can ease up plenty of space while the stuff you donate for charity is always more helpful for the needy than you probably imagine. So it is a win-win situation if you can set aside the stuff you need to give to charity.

Just keep in mind these few things and the process of moving, after all, won’t be a stressful exercise. Do it right, and enjoy your new home!  

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