10 Hacks To Make House Moving Easier
Moving home is among the most stressful activity for most of us. But, with adequate preparation and the right approach, you can take all the pain out of this process giving you peace of mind and physical comfort. We have culled out some valuable relocation tips after speaking to many experts. In most situations, professional home movers, budget movers would be your best choice for a hassle-free house moving.
Once you have decided to move, ideally you should give yourself about 6 weeks to get everything organized. Choose a professional removalist and get the packing material early on. This will help you to pack things conveniently whenever you have some spare time. There are things that you use sparingly and others that you need every day. Segregate these and start packing items that you use sparingly. In the process, you can also keep aside things that are no longer useful or can be donated to someone in need. After you have come to grips with what needs to be moved, make an inventory with a separate section for fragile or delicate items. Remember to measure all rooms in your new home including the doorways to ensure that everything can fit nicely, with emphasis on your refrigerator and any bulky furniture.
Change of address
At least 3 weeks before the planned date of moving, intimate your electoral office, post office and utility services of the change of address. Get your car registration and driver’s licence updated too. If you receive a lot of snails them, arrange to have them collected and forwarded to you. Similarly, ensure that all your medical records, dental and school records, prescriptions etc are duly updated.
Beginning a week or 10 days before the planned moving date, start exhausting perishables like fruits, vegetables, meat, partly used sausages etc to avoid wastages. Carefully pack all food ingredients and label them when necessary. Get rid of things you don’t want packed and clean up your refrigerator and defrost a day before packing if that is needed.
Dismantle all your furniture well ahead of the final movement day. Always remember to tape the screws and bolts safely in a convenient location. Keep a ‘survival box’ with coffee, tea, kettle, disposable paper plates, cutlery, laptop and phone chargers, school supplies and tools. Lightly water indoor plants and put them into boxes with plastic lining. Remember to backup all your computer files too. Some tasks may need professional help and you can always check with your home movers/budget movers.
Declutter your home
Decluttering is a significant part of any moving project. One smart way of doing this is to take on the task in parts instead of attempting to do it one go. You can accumulate all the trash in one place on a day to day basis, beginning about a week before the actual move. This will give you and other members of the family an opportunity to ensure that nothing useful in your new home is getting thrown out. Most homes tend to trash about 20% of their belongings in the form of broken furniture, old cutlery/crockery, books, electronics and so forth. Another huge benefit of decluttering is that you would be moving less weight and therefore paying lower moving charges.
Insist on best boxes
Check the base of all your moving boxes and ensure that they are sturdy enough and nothing can fall through the bottom. Also, take into account the kind of stuff you are moving and choose between cardboard and plastic. Plastic can potentially break and is brittle and you could have sharp edges. Boxes are generally part of the removalists’ contract and you should have an adequate number of boxes. Don’t try to put too much stuff into a single box since it would be difficult to handle and you also run the risk of avoidable damages. In some towns and cities, you may also be able to hire boxes separately, but you should check if the empty boxes would be collected from the town you are moving to.
If you think the time is at a premium for you, do not hesitate to call in professional packers. They are trained people and can ensure that your home is moved securely and with care. When you hire professionals, check if they can also unpack at your destination. These services are generally pricey, but what you get in return is precious time and absolute peace of mind when you handle the contract carefully.
Ensure that your new home is accessible round the clock. Are there any restrictions on the use of common facilities like lifts, stairways, entry for the truck, unloading your belongings etc? Some properties may have restrictions on pets, and if your pets also have to move to the new home, check out what restrictions apply to you.
Keep all your must-haves handy
We all have some daily essentials, and it is not a good idea to hand them over the moving agency. Make each member of your family has a box or bag to take you through the initial days nights in the new home. Medications, toiletries, pyjamas, clothes for a couple of days, favourite toys, kids supplies etc, constitute these daily essentials.
Expensive gadgets like your laptops, phones, the television set are best moved in your car. But, get them packed properly by the home movers/budget movers with bubble wrap or any other method that will protect the gadgets during transit.
These tips may not be comprehensive, but will surely give you a good starting point and you can make amendments to these tips according to your specific needs.