Congratulations on your new home! The papers are signed and the date is set – now it’s time to start packing boxes. But how do you go about boxing up your whole life without spending a small fortune on removal companies and finding yourself with a bunch of damaged home goods? Budget Insurance has put together the following 10 packing tips for moving that will ensure your home contents make it safely to your new home:
1. Let go of your unwanted items.
Moving homes is the perfect opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle. If there are items of furniture in your home you’ve never liked much, or piles of clothing that you haven’t worn in years, start by sifting through them and deciding what to sell or what to donate to an organisation that will pass them onto someone in need. Items that are in good condition but don’t fit into your new home can be sold and the money can go towards new furniture. A massive purge will have an enormous impact on the efficiency and ease of your packing and unpacking process.
2. Research professional moving companies.
There is a large number of local moving companies that will be willing to help you relocate. In order to get the right job done for the right price, ask for recommendations from people you know, then get quotes. Some companies will provide bubble wrap and moving boxes and do all the packing for you, others will expect you to pack your own items and have them ready when the removal team arrives.
3. Create a moving checklist.
Nothing helps to calm the nerves like an all-inclusive checklist that covers all the aspects of the build up to moving day. No item is too insignificant to list. Download a to-do app – for example Wunderlist – and make a note every time something comes to mind.
4. Get free moving boxes from local stores.
Save money and paper by asking local stores for their old boxes. Try liquor stores and large supermarkets, which will have them in a depot nearby. Select boxes that are lightly worn and double up on the masking tape. You can also save on bubble wrap by wrapping breakables in clothing and towels. This will save you space and ensure your wardrobe is packed, as well.
5. Pack décor and art early.
A few weeks before you move, take down pictures and decorative items and pack them carefully. These are often tricky things to pack because they are fragile and awkwardly shaped.
6. Clearly label all moving boxes.
Labelling your boxes is key to a stress-free unpacking process. Label the top of the box, as well as the sides. If you are inclined, colour code boxes with different coloured tape for different rooms of the house. Take it a step further by creating a numbering system – write down everything in box 12 as you pack it. Pack all the items you know you will need first, such as scissors, phone chargers, coffee plunger and toilet paper into clear plastic containers so they are immediately accessible.
7. Never overfill boxes.
Pack heavy things into small boxes and save the big boxes for lighter things, like towels and bedding – you’ll thank yourself later when you’re hauling them around. Never overfill – boxes will be stacked and anything sticking out or on top of a box will be susceptible to being damaged.
8. Keep a wrap on liquids.
Double wrap items that contain liquids to ensure any leakage is contained and doesn’t come into contact with the other items in the box.
9. Clean and dry white goods.
White goods include fridges, dryers, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers, and these are susceptible to mould and mildew if they’re not cleaned and dried properly before moving. Disinfect them for extra precaution, and leave all doors ajar when you can to prevent moisture or odour build-up.
10. Wrap big furniture items properly.
This is one area where you don’t want to skimp on the correct equipment. Heavy-duty mover’s blankets are especially designed to keep your bigger furniture, like tables, couches and beds, safe from humidity, moisture, bugs and dust, so use them.
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