Tips for Packing Your House for a Move
Whether you’ve done it once or ten times, moving is never fun. While moving from one apartment to another is a hassle in itself, moving from a big house to another house on the Sunshine Coast Australia is even more difficult. The process can take several days or even weeks, depending on how much you have to pack and how much of the moving you’re doing on your own. Since you can’t take off two months from work for your move, you’ll need to know the most efficient and effective ways to pack up your house for an upcoming move, whether you call a removals company or not. If you do decied to call a removals company, using a site like TrustATrader to find a reliable one in your area can save you a lot of time and hassle.
As soon as you know you’re going to be moving, begin packing. You can easily pack up items that you won’t need in the interim, like books or clothing for the alternative season. Also, getting everything together from the basement or the attic will be a huge “To Do” crossed off your list and you’re not going to miss the items between the time you pack and moving day.
Whether it’s actually the springtime or not, moving is a great opportunity to give your belongings a good cleaning and purging. Since you have to go through just about everything you own anyway, now is the time to decide what you’re going to throw out, donate and keep. In the end, you’ll probably end up with way less than you originally thought you were going to have to move. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you haven’t worn or used in the past two years, unless it has a ton of sentimental value.
Make it easy on yourself and label boxes as you pack them. You may think that you just want to get packing over with and throw everything into boxes without any rhyme or reason, but this is a bad idea. When it’s time to unpack, you’ll want to know which boxes you want right away and which ones can be unpacked slowly. Necessities include clothing you currently wear a lot, bathroom and kitchen items, cleaning supplies and electronics. If you label your boxes, your movers will also know which boxes go in which rooms. That way, you won’t have to do the heavy lifting as you unpack your house. Most of the time, packing boxes have the names of different rooms in your home with a checkbox next to them so you can just place a check next to the room the box is for.
Also, separate a few of the boxes that you absolutely know you’re going to need within the first 24 hours of being in your new home. Designate these with a huge star or other tell-tale label of importance. Toothpaste, a coffee maker and bottles of water are things you’re not going to want to hunt for during your first day or two in your new place.
Most people don’t have the time or patience to create a box inventory, but it really is a great idea if you can make yourself do it. Twenty boxes with the label “Kitchen” isn’t going to help you when you’re in the middle of your move and desperately need a cup so you can drink some water. Knowing which important items are in which boxes will make finding them a cinch. Label the boxes for each room with numbers, too, and then coordinate with an inventory list. You don’t have to inventory every little thing; instead, include the items you reach for on a regular basis.
Loading the Truck
Whether you’re hiring movers or going it alone, you’ll likely have a huge moving truck to load up. Remember that the items you put in last will be the things that will be taken off the truck first. Whatever’s most important, whether it’s your kitchen or your kids’ rooms, wait until everything else is on the truck to add these boxes and pieces of furniture. This is important if you want to start setting up a nursery as the guys are unpacking the rest of the house, for example.
Truck vs. Car
Even if you have a moving truck, you’ll probably still load up your car with breakable and essential items. Pack up your car first – that way, the items you need or don’t trust to safely be transported on the truck will be out of the way. Otherwise, movers may mix up the boxes and accidentally put your pocketbook all the way at the back of the truck, where they can’t get to it. If possible, keep a bit of spare room in the car, too. You’re going to have at least one or two items that you forgot about that you need to squeeze into your car at the last minute.