Moving to a new location, even across the country, does not have to be a disastrous task. Learn how to pack boxes, and you’ll be happy in your new space much before you know it.
Moving can be a challenging task for everyone involved, but it is one of those challenges almost everyone must face, be it a new house, office or villa. Things may be unpleasant at times, far from fun, however, usually it results in a positive outcome. Especially with moving, the task really depends on avoiding common mistakes and making a good plan to make the moving process as smooth as possible.
Here are some moving tips, tricks and advice you can use for moving without breaking your bones
Get rid of unused items
Packing all the things you have into boxes can be quite overwhelming. Try to cut back on the clutter as much as possible to make things a little bit easier on yourself. Before beginning to pack a single box, get rid of all unused and unnecessary things. As a result, you will have less items to pack, less possessions to move around, and finally less things to unpack. Your new space will also have only the things you need without all the clutter.
Keep all important documents in a folder
Start gathering all the documents you may need like addresses, rental agreements, purchase invoices, moving contracts and other papers. Put all these documents into one folder. It is always better to have a hard copy instead of a digital one like on your computer or phone. If any questions from anyone pop up during the move, you have the documents on hand to answer them.
Pack in advance
You should know about a move months in advance or at least a week. Even if you don’t know your final destination, you can always start packing well in advance. Start packing items that you will need or will require some extra packing as in the case of delicate glasses or show pieces. Next, move onto items that you need once in a while like books, etc. When it comes time to move you will have less things to stress about.
Book the movers and packers early
When hiring professionals to get the job done, it is always better to book in advance. It may mean paying a higher price, but at least you can be assured of their services when it’s time to move. This becomes increasingly important during peak season when many people are deciding to move.
Schedule utilities at the new location
If you know the new location’s address and the date of moving ahead of time, then you can schedule utilities such as electricity and water before moving. You don’t want to move there and find that there is no electricity and water. Schedule the whole process ahead of time and keep the document in the moving folder. At the same time schedule a service stop from your move out place at your current location.
Keep essentials with you
The previous night of the move, keep some essential items with you – a change of clothes, toothbrush, important documents into a suitcase or box to keep with you on the way to the new location. In the event that the moving truck gets lost, at least you will have some essential items with you.
Stock up on supplies
A few days before the move, invest in some equipment that will come in handy for you. The last thing you will need is to have to run to the store before everything has been moved out of your location. Purchase box cutters, masking tape, markers, towels and garbage bags. Even if these things are not used during the move, they will come in handy later.
Order a moving truck with a ramp
If you are a do-it-yourself mover, you are definitely going to need a truck with a ramp. The trouble of lifting each and every item into the truck without a ramp will add hours and sore muscles to your move.
Use the right size boxes
Heavy items, like books, should be packed in smaller boxes. Light items, like clothes and pillows should be packed in larger boxes. Large boxes with heavy items are often a complaint of professional movers. They make the task harder and there is more chance of something breaking.
Balance the boxes in the truck
Load heavier boxes into the truck first. Once these are done then load the lighter boxes. It helps with balance of the load.
Use labels on each box with a description on which room they are destined for and what’s inside the box. This will help the movers know where the boxes belong and make their job that much easier. Making a list of all the boxes and checking them as they arrive is also a good idea so that you don’t miss out on anything.
Seal your boxes well
Use a couple of pieces of masking tape to seal both the top and bottom seams of your boxes. Make a couple of rounds all the way from the top to the bottom edges. This will strengthen stress points and make sure that the boxes arrive in one piece.
Take special care of expensive items
Certain art work pieces and sensitive electronic equipment should be packed extra carefully so that they don’t break. If you treat a TV like any other piece of furniture, it is bound to get damaged. Use wooden crates if you don’t have the original boxes and label them with “this side up” stickers. Add extra padding along the box just to make sure nothing breaks.
There are many things that can go wrong during a move. With all the moving options and possibilities, there is no general guide that covers every single scenario that can occur during the moving process. Everyone has different needs and concerns. Especially when it comes to moving delicate items without damaging them. But for most cases, this guide should save you a lot of time and stress if not some money.
Almost everyone moves from one location to another at some point, so there are plenty of moving tips to make the whole process smooth. Making a moving checklist helps ensure that everything is in order and nothing gets missed out. The checklist comes in use before, during and after the move. It is always great to have a positive attitude about the whole thing, especially about all the change that’s happening.