So you’ve bought yourself a new crib and you’re about to merrily move your furniture and gear into your future home-sweet home. Still, if not planned and executed carefully, your moving process can go terribly wrong in more ways than you could ever dream of – which is why we have several tips for you right here on how to organize and execute the transfer of your property to a new address and avoid the entire process from going to shambles by oversight, neglect or accident.
Do the Figures in Advance
Before you load your belongings into the van and slam the door, it would be a good idea to draw up a budget for the removal procedure. Make a list of all the expected expenses, from removal company fees or price of used fuel (if you’re using your own transport for the purpose), cleaning products needed for the final clean-up touches in the new home, gear storage costs, costs of food for workers or friends hired for the manual labor involved in the moving and similar expenses.
The Importance of Proper Scheduling
Another frequent mistake most fresh home-owners make when moving is underestimate the necessary packing time. Even if you’re simply going to stuff boxes and bags with belongings, don’t be mistaken by the seeming simplicity of the project – most people are often unaware of the sheer quantity of things they own. To avoid last-minute panic and frantic packing on the very transport day, start bundling up your gear as soon as you’ve booked the removal van.
The Essential Labels and Tags
When packing your belongings, follow the order of priority and mark the boxes with content lists and labels for hassle-free unpacking. For instance, the items you’re most likely to need as soon as you enter new home include cleaning products, cloths and mops, mugs, clean underwear, coffee, food and water, so you can put these essentials in a separate box. Fishing out a much-needed item from a dozen boxes is easy if you know where to go looking for it.
De-clutter and Get Rid of Needless Belongings
You don’t have to be a true blue hoarder to own a good portion of useless stuff. Most people own far more things than they actually get to use, which can be quite of a problem when the time for moving comes. When packing your gear, throw away or donate everything you don’t need or sell your clutter through a garage sale. If you still wind up with a ton of unnecessary items on your hands, you can even consider using wooden crates as temporary storage.
Prepare Packing Essentials Beforehand
If you don’t want to go begging for spare boxes and crates at the local grocery on the very day of the moving, it’s best to have your packing essentials in check well ahead of time. When choosing boxes, crates and bags, pick moderately sized ones – too large boxes or bags will probably be extra heavy to handle, while too tiny ones will not accommodate much stuff. Also, have labels, tags and duct tape ready – you never know which box may need extra strengthening or fixing.
Hire a Reliable Removal Company
Most people forget to book the removal vans on time, which can often cause needless last-minute delays when moving. To stay on the safe side, call the removal company you’ve chosen based on the fee costs well ahead of the expected moving date and check whether they have available trucks or vans for the day.
Moving requires careful planning, excellent organization and seamless execution. If you follow these simple tips, you’re definitely going to arrive in your new home without unnecessary hassle, stress, delays, accidents and consequent frustration. Ready, steady, go!