moving tips

Preparation is the key to any successful move. Start packing as early as possible. Everyone thinks they have more time and less stuff than they actually do, but then they find themselves at the end trying to finish tasks that could have been done much earlier.

  • Make lists. If you’re moving somewhere temporarily before you’re able to move into your future rental or home, make two lists to manage where your belongings need to go. It’ll help streamline the moving process.
  • Take an inventory. Go room-to-room and write down everything that needs to be packed. If you have large items, like beds, dressers or entertainment centres, write down the measurements.
  • Leave plenty of time to pack. Most people report that moving takes them at least one month to pack, so make sure to allow plenty of time. It can be helpful to set packing goals each day, writing those goals on a calendar so you won’t get overwhelmed before your move.
  • Enlist help, but delegate. Having friends and family to help you pack can be very helpful, but first, everyone must agree on exactly what tasks they’ll be accomplishing and when they will be finished so everything runs smoothly.
  • If you plan to hire a moving company, do your research and hire a reputable company that is licensed, bonded and insured. Use your gut instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable with the movers you hired, don’t let them take your possessions.
  • When you’re packing, pack a suitcase or bag for each family member as if you’re all going on a weekend vacation. This would include clothing, any medications, toiletries or other personal items that would be needed for a few days away from home. Keep these personal belongings close to you, such as in your car, so you don’t have to search through your boxes for your basic necessities.
  • Pack (and unpack) one room at a time. It can help you to better organize when you unpack at your new home.
  • Get rid of clutter. Take this opportunity to clean out your closets and get rid of unwanted items. Have a yard sale or donate items you no longer want or need. It will save you time and money in the long run.
  • Be creative. Use your linens, towels and clothing to pack around fragile items. It’ll save space and money on packing materials.
  • Pack tightly, but not too heavily. Try to keep each box below 50 pounds if possible. It’ll decrease the chances that someone could get injured or that the box could break.
  • When in doubt, take a photo. Use your cell phone to take pictures of how your electronic equipment is hooked up before disconnecting and packing the wiring. It’ll make unpacking and hooking up your equipment much less frustrating at your new place. Cord labels may also be helpful.
  • Don’t forget to let people know you’ve moved. Fill out a change of address form at the post office at least 30 days before you move. Let everyone know you are moving, including your bank, cell phone provider, doctor, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, your children’s schools or child care provider, and any services you regularly pay for.

If you are looking for the “Ultimate Moving House Guide” printable version to stick on your fridge, please grab a copy from our website or download it here. For additional house moving tips or to receive a free, no-obligation moving services estimate, contact us today at (012) 997-1964

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