Are you looking for relocation tips? You can read on and on online and you will never see the end of it. There is so much to do, especially when it is your first move. Your moving tips are going to become quite long but we have got you covered, well, for the most of it. The following is a collection of a few very useful and practical tips that are going to make it very easy for you to relocate to your new house. You can take a sigh of release after going through this blog. Let’s begin:
1. Declutter All Your Stuff At Least A Month In Advance
You will first begin by decluttering your house or apartment. Remove all your unusable items so that you can make an inventory list of all the belongings that you actually find useful. Get rid of any old clothing and all the furniture pieces that you don’t require in your new house. Get rid of your old shoes and also your old electronic items if you do not need them.
2. Shortlist All Your Belongings
You are then going to shortlist all the items that you will be taking to your new house. This list is going to comprise your:
- Furniture pieces
- Small appliances
- Expensive belongings
3. Donate The Items You Don’t Need
Then comes the critical step where you will have to part with the things that you don’t need anymore. This is actually one of the most satisfying things too because you will be donating a lot of your stuff to people in need. You can either choose your favorite charity in your city or get in touch with your local church to find takers for your old stuff. Some of these charities also organize a free pick-up of your stuff so this means that you will end up saving a lot of your time.
4. Organize A Garage Sale
This should always be on your moving checklist because there will always be a few things that will be a little difficult to get rid of. For instance, if you do not have any takers of your old boots or even your tea maker, you can always set up a last-minute garage sale for your neighbors. Even if you do not find a taker for your perfectly functional food processor, you might find a customer for it among your neighbors. This is also a great way to make a few dollars and reconnect with your friends over a glass of lemonade.
5. Pack As Few Things As Possible
Eventually, it is going to leave you with very little to pack. This is going to lighten your burden tremendously. When you have sold out or donated a major chunk of your belongings, you will automatically have only the most essential things to pack and take to your new home. This means that your packing and moving process will become highly affordable. Plus you have already made a few dollars from the garage sale.
6. Book The Movers Early
Yes, so we didn’t talk much about packers and movers. You have at least a month to choose the right furniture movers in your city. Make good use of that time. Do proper research before you hire or professional for the job. Go through their reviews and testimonials. Look for a company that has flexible dates and an even more
flexible pricing structure. They should be able to make changes to their moving plan according to your availability. Look for a few references from your relatives and neighbors as well.
7. Schedule All Your Utilities In Your New Home
Now that you have already made an appointment with the packers and movers, it is time to schedule your utilities at your new place. Talk to the internet service provider, the cable man, the garbage removals company, the insurance agent, and other utility providers. Inform them about your relocation and enquire about the cost of utility transfer (if applicable) as well.
8. Packing Tips For Essential Items
What are your essentials?
- Your change of clothes
- Kids toys
- Important paperwork/documentation
- First aid kit
- Jewelry and other expensive items
These are your essentials. You must make it a point to pack them neatly and keep them safe in your car.
9. Moving Expensive Artwork? Pack With Care
Another expensive item that you might want to take extra care of is your expensive art collection. If you have any expensive art pieces, picture frames, paintings, antique items, or family heirlooms, you are going to need a bit of extra wrapping paper and bubble wrap for them. Make sure that you pack them up nicely and stack them neatly on the moving truck. Always use masking tape across the glass of your paintings. Layer them with an extra piece of bubble wrap for added protection. Secure them with extra padding and fix them between your heavy fixtures so that they don’t move and break while in transit.
10. Pack Your Kitchen Appliances Like A Pro
The first thing that you will have to do when packing your kitchen appliances is dismantling them. Each component needs to be wrapped individually so that it doesn’t break when you are transporting them to your new house. None of your kitchen appliances should rattle or shake when you are on the move. Use extra wrapping paper and shrink wrap to make sure that they don’t get any scratches. Create a separate box for your kitchen appliances. Fill them up with extra paddings such as bubble wrap and styrofoam balls. Use a bit of extra industrial tape to keep the padding in place.
11. More Than Just Moving Boxes & Packing Supplies
All this packing brings us to an important point. How can you forget to invest in the right packing materials and equipment? A few things that you can never do without are:
- Moving boxes
- Paper towels
- Garbage bags
- Packing tape
- Permanent markers
- Ropes and the list go on and on.
12. Finally, Always Choose A Truck With A Loading Ramp
The most important thing to go on your moving checklist is a moving truck that has a portable yet durable loading ramp. These moving and packing tips are going to make the process so much faster and easier. So there you go. Now you are all set to “make your move.”