Packing Tips When Moving House
Packing your belongings is one of the most stressful tasks that you need to do when moving house. You should start by getting rid of unnecessary or unused items. That way, you will have less to unpack in your new place. It’s also a good idea to create a moving folder. Collect moving contracts, purchase or rental papers and new addresses in one folder so that if something comes up during the move or planning, you will have records of payments and agreements on hand. Here are other packing tips that you should consider when moving house.
Look for a moving company as soon as possible. Otherwise, you could pay a higher price or fail to book a moving company. This is particularly important if it is peak moving season. If you don’t have the patience or time to clean your old house before you move out, you should also look for cleaners as soon as possible.
It’s best to start packing early. Pack up off-season items first. For example, if it’s winter, pack up your summer clothes first. When it’s time to move out, you can rest assured that you have packed everything and you won’t miss any important item in your old home. Don’t forget to prepare a bag that contains your daily essentials such as your toothbrush, money, medications and change of clothes. If the moving van gets lost or catastrophe strikes, you will at least have your daily essentials with you.
Contact the Utility Providers
Once the move-out date is finalized, call your utility providers to transfer the service to your new place. You don’t want to spend the day in your new home without electricity, heat or water, so schedule everything in advance. Don’t forget to ask the utility providers to stop their service in your old home.
Get the Right Packing Supplies
Buy adhesive bandages, box cutters, permanent markers, garbage bags, packing tape and paper towels in advance. You don’t want to buy supplies at the last minute or while loading your stuff into the moving van. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to use all of them while packing because you can still use them afterward.
You should also put your stuff in the right boxes. Store light items such as pillows and linens in large boxes. Put your books and other heavy items in small boxes. Heavier items should be placed on the bottom of the box and lighter stuff on top. Appliance packing needs to be done carefully and preferably by a specialist team . Fill in empty spaces with packing paper, clothing or towels.
Label the boxes with the room they are destined for. You should also write a description of their contents. That way, the movers will know where they should place each box in your new home. Keep an inventory list of your items and number each box so that you will have a record of what you have packed. Don’t forget to tape the boxes properly. And if you’re loading the moving van on your own, you should pack the heavier boxes first. But if you’re using a moving company and you have to move fragile items, ask them how they handle such items. This kind of service comes with an additional cost, but it will be worth it because you will have peace of mind knowing that your items will arrive at your new place in one piece. Also, if you have lots of stuff to take with you but don’t want to deal with all the stress in regards to logistics, consider buying some personal storage solutions, this will ease the stress and allow you to pick up your other items at a time convenient to you.
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