How To Make Your Next Move A Breeze
Having to relocate to a new house or office can be quite stressful. With so many things to get in order for moving day, one can easily feel overwhelmed. Here we will go over some key steps you can follow to help this process run smoothly and make your experience easier.
1. Create A Checklist
With so many things to get done, you may find yourself scrambling at the last minute because you forgot something. Creating a checklist of what needs to get done can help you chart your activities in the days leading up to your move.
Go from room to room to identify what needs to be done and later organize your list in terms of priority. Do this as the first tasks days in advance so you have enough time to get all your tasks done.
For instance, remember that your refrigerator and freezer will need to be defrosted and cleaned at least a day before the move to avoid leaks and smelly odours.
2. Start Early
Rushing to pack everything up the night before will just make your move even more stressful. Try to start days or even weeks in advance.
Focus on packing up one room at a time, while still keeping track of what needs to be done in advance as per your checklist.
If relocating nearby, you may even be able to get a head start by moving some items yourself, and leaving the larger furniture and electronics to professional movers.
3. Bin, Donate, Keep
Take time to also figure out what you really want to take along with you. We often accumulate things that we later realise we no longer need. This becomes especially important if you are downsizing.
However, even in a move to a bigger place, there are likely some items that may no longer serve your needs. A move is a good opportunity to take stock of your possessions and get rid of surplus or unnecessary items.
Have you and your family members sift through all the drawers and shelves and assemble a pile of what you no longer find useful. You can then decide what will go in the bin, or you can donate. Decluttering helps to lighten your load and make for a fresh start at your new place.
4. Differentiate Your Packing
Labelling boxes or colour coding them is a good way to organise what goes where. Ensure that each box is well labelled so you know which room it should go to.
Also, label the rooms to your new abode accordingly. This way your movers can drop off boxes in the right rooms, making unpacking better organised. This will save you having to chase them down each time they bring in a box and try to figure out where it should go.
Take extra caution with your fragile belongings like glasses and crockery. Be sure to label them in large letters to let the movers know that the items are breakable. This ensures they handle it with due care when moving and stacking. If your movers prefer to take care of wrapping and boxing up fragile items, let them.
5. Moving Boxes
To enjoy some cost savings, many people will opt to visit the local grocery and other stores for free boxes. They do indeed have boxes of various sizes thanks to deliveries that are made in bulk of various items.
However, these boxes are often damaged. From dents to exposure to moisture, they do not always make for a good choice. The size and thickness are also not always suitable for moving purposes or the particular items that need to be packed.
Professional movers have access to the right variety of boxes needed for moves. Rather than risk the safety of your belongings, allow them to make an assessment and organise for a supply of the boxes you will need.
6. Cables, Bolts, Screws
There are fiddly bits to many items of furniture and electronics. From screws the keep dressers in place to cables leading from your TV to the DVD player. These are small items that one can easily lose track of.
Invest in Ziploc bags and take time to label them as well. Where possible, drop them inside the same packaging as the item they are used for.
Alternatively, stash them all in the same box and bring them out for use when reassembling at your new place.
7. Essentials Box
Moving can be tiring and getting organised in your new home can take a while. This is why you need to identify those items you will certainly need right from day one and have them packed in a single box.
That way you have easy access to your essentials as you take your time getting through the other boxes and unpacking.
Also, have your most valuable items separately packed. You should keep these on your person or in your lockable vehicle. Whether it is birth certificates, cash, jewellery or medications, have them separately packed and close to you for safekeeping.