Moving house is both exciting and nerve-wracking with a thousand things to remember and somehow manage to carry out. Moving can be a smoother process, though, but it takes a little planning and organisation. We’ve gathered some moving and packing tips to help you.
You’ll need a calendar and notebook. Mark the calendar with the moving date. Mark it beginning two months from the moving date with organisations and people requiring a change of address. Write down the dates on which you’ll gather important papers such as legal papers, medical records, banking and investment papers, and any other papers you’ll need in your new home.
- Two months before the moving date, you’ll need to research and hire a removalist. In the notebook, write down any and all Brisbane removalists quotes. Choose the removalist best suited to your moving requirements and budget. Be sure to get written rules and the inspection papers. Pay the deposit to the removalist of your choice.
- One month before the moving date measure the new house to make sure your furnishings will fit. If they don’t, discard or sell them and get new ones that do fit.
- Sort the things you won’t be taking with you for sale or donation. Hire a skip bin for tossing things you won’t be taking with you.
- Have your new house rekeyed. It wouldn’t do for former residents to walk in whenever they wish and perhaps take something they shouldn’t. Think security.
- The night before moving day, place a completely charged tablet or smartphone in a box. On moving day, you’ll activate the GPS in order to track the removalist truck in case it gets lost on the way to the new house.
- Take photos of your electronics. In the new house, you’ll know where to plug in what wires or USB ports. The photos will also be a record in case something gets misplaced, lost, or damaged.
- Pack appliances and electronics in the original cartons. This saves you money on buying boxes, and you can be sure the items will fit in the carton properly.
- Before you buy bubble wrap and packing paper, use clothing, bed linens, towels, and blankets as wrapping materials. If a box isn’t packed all the way to the top, place pillows or stuffed animals in them for cushioning.
Cushion cartons containing dishes and anything made of glass with thick blankets before wrapping the items in more bed linens to prevent breakage. Stack dishes on end instead of flat to prevent breakage.
Socks make excellent receptacles for delicate figurines. Cutlery can also be wrapped inside socks before packing in a carton.
- Use clear storage bins instead of cartons. They don’t need to be labeled, and you can see what’s in them instantly.
- Wind up electrical cords, computer and telly wires and cords in labeled paper towel or toilet paper cardboard rolls for ease of identification.
- Things to take with you in the car:
- Important papers
- Computers, tablets, and phones. Remember to pack their chargers
- Jewelry, cash, credit cards, and any heirloom items
- Plants, animals, and anything else removalists won’t allow on their trucks
- A “first day” box containing clothing, soap, towels, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, personal grooming items, food for a couple days, and paper plates and plastic cutlery
- You’ll need rubber bands for keeping doors open as you’re moving in and out
- Use luggage, duffel bags, gym bags, book bags or backpacks, and laundry baskets for packing shoes, winter boots, handbags, and other items too bulky or oddly shaped for packing in cartons.
Clothing cartons with rods are excellent for packing light fixtures like chandeliers or pendant lighting. Pack thick winter coats or blankets around the light fixtures for extra cushioning.
Place personal grooming items in sandwich bags to prevent spills before packing in cartons. Wrap personal grooming items in plastic wrap before packing to prevent spillage.
Use liquor store cartons for books and other heavy objects. They’re constructed better than regular packing cartons and are sometimes divided. This makes them stronger.
If you’re using cartons for some things, mark them in your notebook with their number or color to tell you which rooms they go into in the new house. This will also help the removalists understand how many cartons and clear bins you have for inventory reasons.
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