Moving can be an incredibly stressful time. No matter how far you are going or how much help you are able to get with your move, you are going to need to take time out of your busy life to do so. The process often leaves people feeling exhausted, stressed out and short on cash. There are some methods for organizing home removals, however, that means you can get ahead and save some time, money and energy.
1. Sort, sort, sort
There is absolutely no point in moving items you no longer need or use. The more items you take, the more it costs (and you will have to unpack more). Use the weeks or months leading up to your move to have a ruthless clear-out of unused items such as outgrown clothing, rarely-used kitchen equipment, or larder food past the sell-by date. If an item is of no sentimental or practical value, then don’t spend time and money taking it to your new home. If you have items that can be sold, this could provide useful spending money towards purchases for your new home. Or even better, you could consider giving items to a charity.
The other benefit of the clear out process is that it de-clutters your current home, making it look more attractive and feel more spacious. If you are selling your home, this could really help attract a buyer.
2. Hire a moving service
Packers from a professional moving service are worth every penny if your moving budget can allow it. The speed and ease with which they manage the process make moving day far less stressful for you. Additionally, you need not devote days and days prior to the move packing up boxes yourself. Your belongings are also in the best hands since they know how to pack every item to give your belongings the best chance of making it to their destination safely. Plus, their mover’s insurance can cover breakages, although damage is rare.
Pack Like a Pro
Packing up properly as you prepare to leave your old home will save you time and stress when you arrive at your new home. It will also keep damages to a minimum. If you are packing up your belongings yourselves, then take the following tips from professionals:
3. Organize the box contents
To make the unpacking process much easier, don’t pack items from different parts of the house together. You won’t want to have to cart opened, half unpacked boxes around your new home.
4. Label each box
Clearly label boxes with their destination in your new home, and a summary of contents. While the unpacking process is still going on, it’s frustrating to have to rummage through multiple boxes to find the item you need.
5. Use the right box
Pick the right boxes for the right items. Heavier items like books should go in smaller boxes for health and safety reasons. So save the larger boxes for items like duvets and pillows. Specially designed boxes with a hanging rail make packing and unpacking your wardrobe quick and easy.
6. Utilize packing paper
Acquire packing paper for wrapping up crockery and similar items. Place a sheet between each and then bundle up every four or five items into one package before placing in a box. You could use bubble wrap, but this is far more voluminous and expensive. So save this for your more precious items.
7. Fill up your boxes
When packing a box, don’t leave any empty space, as this will mean the box will be awkward to carry. And the contents may shift around and get damaged during transit. For optimal use of space, use towels, cushions or clothing to fill space. Although make sure you still stick to the one room per box rule. Failing that, make use of packing paper to keep your items safe.
8. Mind the weight of your items
Put the heaviest items at the bottom of the box to keep it stable and avoid damage.
9. Use tape liberally
Use sufficient amounts of carefully placed quality tape where the boxes take the most strain (at the bottom, and at the top) to carefully seal packages.
10. Keep pricey possessions in their original packaging
For expensive items such as television and audio equipment, the best thing you can use to transport them in is their original packaging. If you don’t have this on hand, try to get hold of quilted packing pads or thick blankets to protect them. Failing that, double box items using packing paper to fill in empty space in both boxes.
By taking care to prepare for your move and pack well, you can save yourself stress and damage to your belongings, and make unpacking at your new home so much more straightforward. Packing up your home doesn’t need to be as stressful as you might think!
This post is written by Chris Humphrey. He is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq ft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.