Moving is, by all means, stressful and physically taxing. You will have to put everything you own in boxes, label them, move the boxes onto a truck and then unpack them in your new location, but with little fine tuning, the process can be made much more manageable. Here are a few packing and moving hacks to make your life less painful.
1. Hire a moving and packing service
You may want to do the moving yourself to cut costs associated with hiring a professional packing and moving service. However, the DIY approach may become more expensive when you factor in the cost of buying packing materials and hiring additional labour for lifting heavy objects. And as very few of us are moving more than a handful of times over several years, we aren’t exactly the most experienced. This leads to a high risk of breaking some items in the process. Professional packers and movers have the skill and workforce to handle all the packing, lifting and moving safely and fast.
2. Get rid of what you do not need
Your home is littered with many items that you do not really need or use. These include old clothing, broken furniture, dead electronics, toys that the kids have outgrown among other things. It makes little sense to move such items to your new home. Be generous by donating some to charity or organise a backyard sale to get rid of them. The cash from sales may offset some of your moving costs.
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3. Get a small bag for all your basics
There are chances that you will be too tired or there will not be time to unpack everything on the day you arrive at your new destination. Therefore, have everything that you may need for the first day including you pyjamas, toothpaste and toothbrush, slippers and phone charger in a separate bag. You will have an easy time accessing these items.
4. Change your home address before the moving day
You do not want to miss important mail when you move to a new location. Therefore, ensure that you have changed to the new address at least two weeks before the moving date. Create a new address checklist beforehand, this will ensure that you will have mail going to the new home starting the day you arrive.
5. Label all boxes on the side
Labelling makes it easier to get your boxes to the right room at your destination without having to unpack or open the boxes. Label the boxes with bold markers on the side. This helps the moving team to identify what is inside the box even when the boxes are stacked together.
In addition to indicating the contents of the box, show the fragile items by adding the word ‘fragile’ and ‘top’ near the top of the box. This is to warn the handlers to take extra care when lifting the box and not to turn it over when putting it down.
Plan the relocation several weeks before the actual moving date. It saves you from having to rush things at the last minute. Seeking professional assistance during your move will help get things done right the first time.