Moving can be exhausting both mentally and physically. There is a ton of organising to do, and no easy way to do it! Hindsight is 20/20 may be a clichéd saying, but it fits right into this scenario. Everyone wishes things had gone a certain way, that they had organised more or differently, found different vendors, not waited till the last minute. The truth is, it is a big change and can be a little overwhelming hence having all your cards out in the open can be a good trick. The key is to start well in advance and keep a checklist ready to refer to. We’ve created a moving tips list which will definitely make the process a whole lot easier.
Let’s face it, there’s no moving without any boxes. These are the essentials when it comes to moving and can sometimes cost quite a bit. Easiest is to start with your local grocery store, your local pet shop or other facilities you regularly visit. Since the staff already knows you it will be easier to get the boxes as opposed to walking in a random shop. Another good place to look is bookstores or furniture shops. Give them a ring at least ten days to a week in advance and ask if they are giving away any boxes. Often the shops are more than willing to get rid of the boxes and you benefit from not having to pay for them. After all, why pay for something that you can get for free! Here’s a list of other places you can source free moving boxes from.
Also, take some time to create small openings on the side of the boxes that can serve as handles and make them easier to carry. Here’s a video that shows you how to cut your own moving box handles.
WORK IN ADVANCE
Last minute panic serves no benefit, especially when it comes to an already overwhelming process. Moving is always difficult, especially since a home is so much more than just walls; it is a place filled with memories and the whole process can be an emotional turmoil. You don’t want to add stress to this mix. We suggest packing in phases. First comes the purging where you get rid of the items that are not going to make their way to your new place. Give it to charity, that way you wouldn’t be wasting all the things you have accumulated over the years. This should be done ideally a week or two before you start the actual packing.
The packing should however not be done until 5 to 7 days before the actual moving date. It is no fun to live out of boxes or surrounded by them. That said, this applies to objects that are not of everyday use. The stuff in the attic or the basement or any other areas of the house that are not used daily or even weekly can be packed well in advance. Keep everyday essentials for the end.
ROOM BY ROOM
First and foremost, organise your current home. Mess only makes things messier. Put all the things where they belong. That way, when the packing day arrives you are not scrambling to search for some missing item. Having a designated place to start with will help pace up the packing. It is advised to go through one room at a time. Start with the common areas, then the kitchen, the bedroom, and the bathroom. Keep rooms organised, and don’t put items from the kitchen along with those from the bathroom, for example. Having items that are packed in room specific boxes helps make the unpacking easier as well.
Well, if you want your deposit back, you will have to return the house at least close to the condition that you first occupied it in. Begin from the top. Take care of roof cleaning, gutter cleaning, shingle fixing etc. Then come the doors, the windows, and the walls. Get started with window cleaning by dusting down the doors and applying a fresh coat of paint wherever needed. Next, move on to the walls, wipe any stains, remove tape or other adhesives from the walls. Fill in any holes using putty, applying a fresh coat of paint if needed. See if the furniture that came with the house is in good condition, if not, get the necessary repairs done. Scrub and bleach the sink, the kitchen counter, the shower or the tub, the wash basin and the toilet. Replace the shower curtain. Dust all the walls and pay special attention to the corners as it’s where all the cobwebs set in.
Lastly, move on to the carpets and do some carpet cleaning and restoration. Since carpet is where most of the stains are it can be difficult to get them out, call for professional home carpet cleaners if necessary. This goes without saying, but make sure to take photos of your old place as you move out and click pictures of everything when you move into your new place. This way the landlord cannot falsely accuse you of anything.
Instead of piling everything in a box, place smaller containers in larger ones to save space. You can use large garbage bags to pack already hanging clothes. Pack knives in oven mittens. Wrap your fragile items in magazine paper, newspaper or bubble wrap. Use laundry baskets, dustbins, and other containers to pack stuff in. Instead of the bubble wrap, you can also wrap fragile items in clothes or linens. In case you have an open face container, just seal it with a plastic wrap. Just wrap it around the container in several layers and you are good to go.
Pack wires separately, and we mean pack TV wires separately from the fridge ones and the fridge ones from that of your heater etc. Label each wire and take pictures of where each of them goes. Colour, number code and label each of the boxes. Make an inventory of what is in each box, this way if you need something all you have to do is go through that list and not a bunch of different boxes. Lastly, defrost your fridge at least a day in advance to avoid any nasty aromas.
Once all of this is done, look up for moving companies and storage facilities to take care of the logistics. If you don’t have a lot of things, rather just a couple of pieces of heavy-duty furniture; you can get the the help of a furniture moving company and move the rest yourself! With just a bit of preplanning and packing in advance, we hope your moving day goes smoothly and that your new rental is exactly what you want!