Bullet journals can help you keep track of your projects. This contributed post lists tips for using a bullet journal when selling your home.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that bullet journaling is big business. Everyone’s jumping on this organizational bandwagon and, frankly, it’s about time. Who doesn’t want a flexible and fun way to map their lives? The list-makers among us are rejoicing that, finally, the world has taken a leaf out of our books.
It’s fair to say that applying bullet journal organization to any aspect of life is a good idea. Most bulleters have multiple journals behind them, such as one for life and one for work. And, there are endless tutorials out there about what you should include in such journals.
But, the real joy of bullet journalling is that you can apply it to anything. If you have an event to organize, you could design a journal for the process. If you’re planning a holiday, get another. If you’re moving house, a bullet journal could take a lot of the stress out of the experience. Which is precisely what we’re going to focus on here.
Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences most of us will ever undertake. From the word go, there are so many considerations you need to make to ensure your move is a success. You could even say that moving is an elaborate juggling act between estate agents, house hunting, and the move itself. And, what better to help with that juggling than a bullet journal?
To help you get started, we’re going to look at how you can ensure this method works for your move.
Get a separate journal
Everyone keeps their bullet journals in different ways. Some of us embrace the organization of having many various journals on the go. Others like to keep everything in one neat space. For the most part, it really doesn’t matter, as long as it works for you. But, where moving house is concerned, it’s worth starting a separate journal for the cause. This doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate. It’s only going to come in handy for the duration of your house hunt and move. But, you can’t afford to slip a few pages into your existing journal. Instead, keep this separate to ensure you can get your head around everything necessary. One thing’s sure; a plan like this is going to take more than a few pages. The last thing you want is to start the process, and then have to transfer it elsewhere. Make sure it doesn’t happen by giving yourself ample space from the off.
Start from the beginning
You wouldn’t be wrong to assume that the most complex aspects of moving don’t come into play straight away. But, the moment moving becomes a twinkle in your eye, you should get journaling. To ensure you approach every aspect in the right way, it’s essential you map your process from the start. Once you get going, you’ll realize how many big decisions there are to make from the off. Your bullet journal can help you develop a priority list for hunting. It can also help you narrow down search areas. And, journaling your process with estate agents and so on will be a massive help for reference. So, get started from the off, and keep your journal handy for every stage of the process.
A contact list
During the moving process, you’ll be liaising with a few different people. Obviously, you’ll be working with the estate agent selling your house. You’ll also need to contact estate agents for houses you’re viewing. As things progress, you’ll need to add surveyors to your list. Not to mention that, as the time draws near, you’ll need to contact moving companies like MoveBuddies. Is your head spinning yet? It should be. Keeping track of that many contact numbers and communications can be difficult. Hence, having a contact spread in your bullet journal is essential. Here, you can list all necessary numbers, along with your last communications with that person. Make note, too, of any questions you need to ask next time you speak.
Create a timeline spread
As with any bullet journal, the spreads you choose to create are down to you. But, there are some which you can’t do without. One such spread is a timeline of your moving process. You can start this as early or late as you want. As mentioned above, though, the sooner you start planning, the easier your life will be. If you want, you could begin as early as six months before moving. To make this length of time manageable, though, you might want to develop a month, week, and day spread. To start with, the monthly spread is sure to get more use. By the end of the process, though, the daily spread will come to the fore. Here, you can plan everything from the days you plan to pack up each room, to the timeline of moving day itself. Every minute counts on the day, especially when trying to arrange key pickups and moving companies. So, get planning to ensure you don’t stumble into any disasters when the time comes.
Map your budget
Aside from the stress of moving, this is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever undertake. The cost of your house itself will be extreme enough. And, that’s not the only expense you’ll need to consider. There are also added costs, such as moving companies, packing boxes, and survey costs. Not to mention the expense of petrol if you’re moving long-distance, and any estate agent fees you need to pay. These small expenses can soon add up if you aren’t careful. And, the last thing you want in the midst of moving is a bill you can’t afford. To make sure that doesn’t happen, map out your budget on a double page spread of your journal. Here, you’ll be able to keep a running total of added costs. You can also make a note of when each is due, to ensure you don’t miss any payments!