When it comes to moving, tips on how to do it are what we all need, since only the gods of it don’t break a sweat on it. Moving houses is not necessarily the easiest thing to do, the entire process requires adequate preparation and knowledge of what needs to be done, especially when it comes to packing.
It can get crazy if it’s your first big house move yet, and you have no idea on what packaging materials are needed or whether big boxes are more recommended or small ones.
Well, the good thing is, being professional movers and organizers, we have the perfect tips to help you pack easy as you prepare to go to your new house. You don’t have to learn it through lots of trials and errors, we have grasped the essential tips needed to help you pack your stuff if you plan on house moving in the future.
First things first, organization is key to the actualization of the house moving process. Creating a moving checklist and following it through to the end helps on ticking off what needs to be done and when. It creates order and there is no much felt pressure on your hands.
Another thing, things can get overwhelming for you and it is just as important to stay optimistic during your move. It ensures that everything is very well handled and no financial or material loss is had due to panic and frustrations, not to mention the exhaustion of moving to a new house.
Even though our guidelines will not entirely solve a hundred of your problems since different people have a different way of doing things, most of our tips will sought out majority of your issues. Your move will be quicker, easier and most importantly cheaper!
The tips below will help you reduce your stress by guiding you on how to pack and unpack quickly, correctly identify what packaging materials to go for, how to conveniently improve your entire moving process, and how to easily handle moving with kids and/ or Pets.
Preparation is Key.
In order to save both time and money, you need to start your house moving and packing process early enough. This entails;
Certainly, no one wants to spend excessively lots of money while moving, on top of the already overflowing budget. Planning a budget, which can be done by use of a moving calculator online, or by simply spending 20 minutes of your time adding up all costs necessary, will help on cutting down unnecessary costs.
Finding The Best Quotations from Movers Around Your Region
Different movers charge differently; some slightly higher than others. It is in your best interest to find the cheapest deal in town that favours you the most. It only takes minutes to get a full quotation of your moving expenses from movers online. Compare the prices and take the best deal home!
At the same time, try to compare the cost of hiring a moving company to that of renting a truck and choose the pricing that suits your pocket best! Furthermore, you have already spent enough on the mortgages of your new house.
Sourcing Packaging Materials
To save time, have your store runs after you have gained enough information on what packaging materials you need to get at the minimum cost. This also includes you having an estimate of your expenditure in relation to the packaging materials that will accommodate your items.
Clearing Out the Fridge
For most people, it skips the mind to clear out the fridge days/weeks before the actual move. This not only helps save space while moving, it also helps control the overall budget. Make it a routine to eat up most of the foods in the fridge that might eventually go to waste due to your upcoming big house move.
Starting life on a clean slate as you move to the new house, entails getting rid of unwanted/unnecessary/extra possessions. This move not only helps you pack light but also saves the unpacking time and moving space!
The items that are now considered clutter may include clothes, kids’ toys, extra electronics, and even shoes. How to do it?
You could consider giving out clothes, shoes, furniture or even rags, to the homeless or relatives and friends. This will help ease your baggage. Set their pick up time to a date earlier than your moving day. By the date scheduled for moving, everything will be just as easy as it can ever get.
Any Item You Wouldn’t Purchase Again, Should Go
Undecided on whether you want to let it go or not? The question at hand should be whether you would spend money on it twice. If the answer is no, then it is a clear sign that you do not need it in your new house. Put all the items in the donation box or plan a sale for them.
Consider A Storage Service
We all have those items that are not important to us but have some sentimental value. We often are not yet decided whether we want to let them go or still hold on to them. In such cases, renting out a storage service for the short-term aids helps in deciding later on whether we really want to keep or discard them.
Storage services are not as expensive as people think and most are charged per week, making them cheaper than those charged hourly.
As you move to your new house, clearing out your closet should come in handy. Any piece of clothing that you haven’t worn in a long time, old clothes, small clothes, or clothes you consider simply out of fashion should be given out.
Packing is the most essential and nerve-wrecking part of moving houses. it entails activities that are all important at the end. To ensure an easy packing time, it is crucial to start packing early enough, preferably months or weeks earlier.
The secret is to start packing the items that are not needed in the now. Pack off-season clothes and items. As time gets closer to the date of moving house, most of the items in the house that are not constantly being used will have already been packed.
This includes decor items, extra rags, clothes, and even some kitchen items. Here is how to have an easy and quick pack.
Don’t Take Clothes Off the Hangers
Clothes hanged on hangers can be wrapped in paper, thrown into garbage bags or put inside a wardrobe box for easier unpacking later on at the new house. It saves time and effort that would have taken getting them off the hanger and eventually putting them on again.
Use Large Containers to Carry small items
Since large containers take up space, why not utilize them by putting small kitchen items and other household items in them. Sealable containers work great for this. It also saves extra boxes that would have been used in their space.
Don’t Empty Drawers
Drawers have the capacity to carry a large load of items at a go. To make drawers work for you as you move houses, you can keep all your drawers intact by just wrapping them up in paper foil. Even better, wrap the entire dresser in plastic foil if it is not too heavy. This enables carrying of the contents of all the drawers as one and with ease.
Use Towels, Linens, and Socks as Cushion for Breakable Items
Breakable items like glasses, perfume bottles, ceramic decor pieces, and the likes can be cushioned by wrapping towels and linens on them. It provides a protective padding, making sure that all your glasses are well packed and moved safely. You don’t have to worry about breakages.
Make Plastic Foils Your Friend
In order to prevent spillage and potentially your other items or luggage being spoiled by leaking soaps, cleaning liquids, liquid hair products, and what not, ensure that you have perfectly wrapped the bottles with plastic foil. It is inexpensive and saves you a great deal of loss.
Since packing involves much movement and placing things in numerous boxes, you may end up forgetting exactly where you placed what after your move. To help this situation out, taking pictures of the contents of each box helps give a general idea of what to find inside each box.
You could label the boxes in numbers or letters and take pictures starting from box 1 or A to box Z. This way, unpacking at the new house will be faster.
Don’t Forget to Safeguard the Essentials
A few days to moving houses, make sure you have packed an essential bag that contains all your basics like tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brushes, perfume, towel, an extra underwear, clothe change, chargers, documents, and medications.
This makes it easier for you to access all you need before all the unpacking goes down.
Get Storage Boxes of Different Colours
Colour coding is one of the best ways to know the contents of your boxes and separate them quickly. Choose a specific colour for each room you have and you can even ask the movers to help you place the boxes by colour in every room of your new house. This way, everything stays very organised and easy to access.
Maximize Your Suitcases
Once you have gotten down to packing your suitcases, using up all the space it has is crucial. You can also take advantage of suitcases having wheels and pack the heaviest of items like books and cooking pots. The extra space can be maximized by filling it up with other small items.
The same thing applies if you choose to pack clothes in your suitcases. Don’t be afraid to fill it to the brim.
Use The Right Size Storage Boxes
Heavy items like books should be packed in small compact boxes as it makes it easier for movers to lift them up and carry them compared to packing the heaviest of items in the largest of boxes.
Light items like pillows should go into the big boxes. It is more convenient to carry them in a space that accommodates them perfectly than forcing them into small spaces.
Ensure The Movers Have Special Crates for Expensive Art and TVs
Mistakes in regards to special crates are often made. The right kind of packaging material used matters a lot in regards to these items. If you use paper to wrap up oil paintings, the paper ends up sticking on the painting. The same thing applies if you move a picture framed behind glass wrongly.
What should be done is: if the picture in glass frame is being moved, safeguard it by putting tape forming an X across the glass to hold together the glass and prevent breakage. Bubble wrap works best in this scenario with small carton bridges to separate and protect the art pieces if they are many.
Maximize Space in Boxes
Most movers refuse to carry boxes that are not well filled because the content inside the boxes are not secured well enough if the box is half empty. This could lead to breakages of the contents of the box.
Put Breakables in Small Bundles
When packing plates, bowls, and cups, padding is the basic factor. It is important to wrap each of these items individually with bubble wrap and then wrap them up together in bundles of four to six.
Dishes should not be packed flat, but on their side. Padding should be used to cushion dishes when packed in boxes, above and below.
Label Boxes Destined for Different Rooms
Labelling boxes, just like colour coding, is also a good way of identifying different contents in the boxes. It makes everything easy to find and saves time during the move.
You Can Never Be Too Careful
Safety comes first. You can always double box or use extra padding for your plasma TVs and other easily breakable items. If the items do not have their original storage boxes, you can always improvise using wooden crates and cushioning them nicely. Moving it to the new location will not be as tragic.
Following these tips for packing will help you save a great deal of time, money, emotional exhaustion, and more. We know because we are professional movers and want to make your life easier. Next time you move your experience will be a walk in the park.