You’ve secured yourself a new home and you are probably excited about moving to a new place with new experiences. That’s all great apart from the little subject of packing up your things from your previous home so as to make the move. Many people don’t like doing it, which is understandable since it is not a very fun activity especially if you are naturally not a very organized person. There is usually so much to do and probably not enough time to do it but worry not as the following 10 moving tips will make the task a bit easier.
Start With What You’ll Need Immediately
It is normal to take up to months before unpacking everything after a move but there are those essential things that you will need immediately. These include box cutters, towels, some cutlery and utensils, toilet paper and soap just to mention a few. These need to be packed up first so they don’t get mixed up with everything else.
Have An Essentials Moving Kit
You need a little bag with some basics that you will need while moving to your new place. You can have some clothes, tissues, sanitizers and even some snacks for the big moving day.
Get Rid Of What You Don’t Need
Moving is a great opportunity to let go of some things that you don’t use and need. You have all the time to get to everything so make sure you have a place set aside for those things you want to give away or even sell.
Establish A System
If you have some people helping with the moving, then you want to ensure that everyone has a role so as not to get confused. Ensure that one completes their task before moving on to something else. It will make you move faster and everything will be in place.
You know that you have to label all your boxes so it is easy to know what’s where. However, it becomes even easier when you label where each box goes. For example, if you have a box with bedding it is better to indicate whose bedding it is so as not to get confused. It is also wise to number the boxes.
Carefully Wrap Any Breakable Stuff
Do not risk your glasses, vases, and dishes by simply putting them in a box labeled ‘breakables’, accidents happen and you will suffer a great loss. Instead, wrap them using bubble wrap or any other material that will prevent breakage. You can go a step further and put your glasses in clean socks for extra cushioning.
Plates Go Vertically
A pro tip is that you should pack up your plates vertically instead of horizontally since they are unlikely to break this way. Make sure that they are close together so as not to give them space to move around.
Make Sure You Have Enough Boxes
You may be forced to mix up things that don’t go together if you do not have adequate boxes. If you can, buy some affordable reusable plastic ones in different sizes. Cardboard boxes are still the go-to for many, so make sure to get some from your local stores ahead of time; it is better to have more than less.
Electronics In Their Original Boxes
Some electronics, such as your flat screen, are fragile hence the need to pack them in their original boxes. It ensures that they remain safe during transit.
Use Anything That Can Hold Stuff
If you run out of boxes but you still have some laundry bins, baskets, bags and suitcases, stuff some things into them and label them.
Last Grocery Shopping Should Be Utmost Two Weeks before Moving
You do not want to have to pack up groceries when moving since this will mess with your plans. You also don’t want to have to give out too many extra groceries as this can be quite expensive.
Clean Out Your Fridge
The fridge should be wiped clean by the time of your moving. Ensure that you defrost at least two days prior and wipe any moisture down.
Photograph Wire Connections
It is frustrating when you can’t remember how to connect your electronics and hiring a technician will simply expose you to unnecessary costs. Taking pictures of how the wires are connected will make it simpler to do the same once you’ve arrived at your new home.
List The Boxes
Create a detailed list of all the boxes, their numbers, contents and where they belong. It will assist you to account for everything and identify in case something is missing.
Fast Clothes Packing
If you have adequate space, pack your clothes while they’re on the hangers so that you do not have to spend too much time folding and unpacking will be a lot easier.
Hire Professional Movers
It is cheaper and perhaps easier to ask your friends to help you move but you risk losing some belongings and having others destroyed. It is for this reason that it would be best if you get the professionals to do it for you.
Vet The Movers Thoroughly
Ensure that you have checked every detail about the movers including their reviews, rates and whether they have an insurance cover. These are all meant to protect you from thieves and make sure that you do not spend a fortune on moving.
Change Your Address
Making this change after you have already moved can cause a lot of confusion so make sure you change all your addresses at least two weeks before making the actual move.
Secure Your Toiletries
No one likes hair gel, shampoo and conditioner all over because they forgot to secure the bottles. Use a ziplock bag or even cling film to prevent having to go crazy if they spill.
Once you are done with the biggest task, it is time to let the professional movers do their part. John Volken Academy Movers will ensure that your belongings are moved carefully and at the right price. No need to worry about any hidden charges or losing your stuff, we are diligent and experts at this so you can relax and await everything at your new home.