Moving preparations can be difficult if you don’t have an organized system for it. There’s a lot of planning you need to do to make the move easier. Even if you choose to hire great guys to move your items, you’re still going to have to plan and make arrangements.
Here’s a guide on how to prepare for moving day:
1. Make A Checklist
Before anything else, pick up a notebook and a pen, and make a checklist of all your stuff. List down items that you plan to bring to your new home and those that you don’t. Here are some tips on how to go about this:
- Sort out the stuff. Go through all your things, including the ones in your attic or basement.
- Plan your new rooms, so you have an idea of what to take or not.
- Get rid of the things that are broken, rusty, or anything that will no longer be useful for anyone.
- Open up a garage sale for stuff you don’t need that may still be useful for others.
- Donate the items that you were unable to sell.
- Properly dispose of the rejected items such as taking them to recycling centers and discarding of hazardous chemicals, such as paint and chemical liquids.
The checklist should mainly help you identify which items you need to bring and which you need to throw away. Decreasing the things that you’ll take with you will help make your move easier than carrying everything you have.
2. Gather Packing Materials
Gather some packing materials for the stuff you’ll be taking with you in your new home. Some of the things you should get include:
- Bubble wrap
- Old newspapers
- Sticker labels
- Box cutters
For boxes, use your list and determine how many you’ll need and which sizes to get. To lower the cost, you can try going to your local supermarkets and other stores to see if they have boxes they don’t need or if they’re selling them for a lower price. For heavy items, you can invest in sturdy boxes to lessen the risk of damages.
When packing fragile items, such as those made of glass and ceramics, make sure to wrap them in newspapers or bubble wrap. Don’t forget to line the boxes with those as well.
3. Arrange Special Transportation For Special Items
Some of the things you’ll bring with you may require special care. If you own a piano, that’s going to be a more complicated thing to move than your regular couch and beds. Pianos are delicate items, so make sure to find movers that can handle it.
You may want to leave items, such as the piano, that need special assembling for the movers to pack. If you don’t know how to assemble or disassemble items properly, don’t touch them if you don’t want to break them.
If you have pets that you can’t take with you in your car, arrange for special transportation for them, too. They’ll need to be as comfortable as possible in the vehicle, so they don’t get agitated or stressed during the move. The right movers will know what to do so that your pets have proper ventilation inside, and that they have a supply of food and water.
4. Pack Essentials For Travel
When you’re moving to a distant city, you should know the dos and don’ts of moving long distance. Since you’ll be driving for hours or overnight, pack an essential travel kit for everyone. Prepare toiletries, clothes, food, and drinks that you’ll need so you won’t have to dig around inside your boxes when you need them.
Aside from the traveling essentials, pack a box for your first night in your new home as well. Moving can be tiring so you might not have the energy to unpack everything and settle in. Pack a box that has all you need for at least one night so you can have a comfortable first night at the new house. Then, the next day, you can continue unpacking everything else.
5. Label Your Boxes
As you put things inside your boxes, it’s best to label them by using sticker labels or markers. It makes things easier for you to identify which items are inside each box. But more than that, it helps you and the movers determine which ones are delicate or heavy.
When loading the boxes inside the vehicles, the heavy items should always be at the bottom, and the light things are on top. Arrange them so that they are safe inside and that there’s a lower chance of shaking and crashing. It would prevent your items from breaking while inside a moving vehicle.
Every time you move, you can expect that there will be a lot of things you’ll need to do, and it can be overwhelming. Good organization and having a plan can help make your move easy. Hopefully, these tips can guide you so you don’t end up with broken, useless, or missing items.