Moving houses is fun and exciting. But it’s also tiring and at times, aggravating. Keep yourself and the people involved happy and stress-free by smoothing out your house-moving plans.
MAKE FLOOR PLANS
Visit your new house probably a week or even a month before moving and make your own floor plan. Familiarize yourself with the house’s dimension, whether which furniture would fit through which door, etc. Once you’re satisfied with your evaluations, start drawing your floor plans. It doesn’t have to be professional with exact measurements and such. You just need to get your ideas down on paper to save yourself from the rush-panic that usually accompanies movers. This is the perfect time to re-purpose rooms like changing a bedroom into an office, or converting a small bedroom into a walk-in closet. This step is criticalㅡnot to mention the most funㅡinto smoothening your actual move.
WRITE A TO-DO LIST
Moving is a blur of lifting, groaning, and many people walking in and out the house. Put some order before this even happens by listing things to accomplish and scheduling snack and break times. Plan your time frame within two days at most. You won’t finish moving in one day.
Everyone knows how to pack. Common sense right? But there are tips and tricks to make the process easier and efficient.
- Make an inventory. Write which box contains what. This is a countermeasure if you’ve left something behind or things getting lost.
- “Do I really need this?” Whilst packing your stuff, assess whether you can live without this item or that item. Give them up for charity or start a yard sale. It’s a good way to lessen your load.
- Pack things according to room. It’s easily said and This job will also be easier when you have your new house’s floor plan in hand. Label your boxes with marker pens, or use coloured tape to line the bottom of each box with each colour corresponding to a room.
- Mind which items are in demand. Put them last in the box so they have their place at top. This’ll make it easier when looking for and taking them out.
- Pack fragile and important items separately. Give them more attention by putting them in a separate and particular box. If you are planning to hire a moving company, consider handling these boxes yourself. You never know what could happen.
- Use bubble wrap and movers tape. Use bubble wrap or newspaper for medium to small-sized delicate objects and movers tape for furniture corners. The latter is most commonly used by first taping towels or crumpled newspaper to the furniture’s vulnerable parts like the corners and legs then covering the whole thing up with the movers wrap.
- Use rope for piles of books. It’s counterproductive to put books in boxes, because
1.) It’s heavy and difficult to handle (hello backaches) and 2.) most likely the box will rip and tear because of the weight. If you’re worried that your books will be damaged because of the rope, just make small piles so the bottom book doesn’t rub too hard against the rope.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOXES
Moving wouldn’t be complete without boxes. There’s more to them than their… well, squared appearance. There’s actually different types that you can put to good use when moving.
- Beer/Bottle boxes. These boxes have pieces of carton that criss cross the inside, creating multiple square partitions that would otherwise contain bottles. You can use these to secure small figurines or children’s toys and other small stuff. They are obtainable from supermarkets, either free or charged.
- Liquor/Wine boxes. These are the mommies and daddies of beer/bottle boxes. They have bigger partitions, usually six to nine. they’re great for carrying shoes, or kitchen supplies like pickle jars, vinegar bottles etc. Again, from the supermarket, free or charged.
- Wardrobe boxes. They are tall boxes that opens from the top with a metal hanging bar for clothes hangers. As the name and description suggests, they’re used to transport hanged clothes. They are easy to use and easy to unpack although quite expensive.
PREPARE NEW LOCKS
Moving isn’t a one day operation. You and your family or relatives will be sleeping after organizing what you could after the first day. Give yourself security by replacing the locks of the doors and windows after you’ve done the initial moving process. You never know to whom the previous owner gave a spare key to.
BRING EXTRA LIGHT BULBS
Always be prepared. Some sockets may be empty or some light bulbs defective.
PACK SPECIALIZED BOXES
Stash your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and shampoo, and label it as your “hygienic” box, so you won’t be scouring tons of boxes for your tiny toothbrush when you’re dead tired. You can make other specialized boxes like this for ease of access.
Make your moving easier, smoother, and less stressful. Plan like a boss and see to everything that might happen. Get hyped and excited! After all, it’s a new house, so start on a positive note.