Are you moving out of town? Even if it’s just for a few months, relocation is always a chore: packing all your things, loading them to the moving vehicle, and then unpacking them all one by one. It also doesn’t help that the thought of leaving everything you dear, even for a moment, is downright dreadful. Indeed, the process is near-impossible to pull off without a plan.
Take a moment to breathe, devise your steps, and follow these suggestions for a stress-free move!
Contact a Courier
Depending on the number of your belongings, you might find partial or full truckload services particularly helpful. Sourcing freight transport services before your moving day guarantees that you get the most compatible vehicle and that your things are delivered fast and securely even as you move overseas to your new home.
Schedule the transport weeks or even months ahead. A lot can change in that period, but collaborating with the courier gives you a due date so that you can better manage your packing.
Pack Small, Pack Smart
Now that you’ve appointed a courier, it’s time to get down to the dirty work: packing. For this, a smart strategy is in order.
First, you have to determine which objects to pack. You must not bring all of your belongings with you. Beyond sentimental reasons, excess items can only take space and bring in more weight once it’s time to haul. Consider selling, donating, or throwing out these things.
Second, you have to choose what boxes to use when packing. In fear of loading too many boxes and taking too many trips, many people tend to go for larger containers. The better plan here is to store your stuff in many medium-sized boxes so that you can have a better inventory. Boxes can be classified based on which room the contents came from or whose belongings are inside.
Lastly, you have to decide how you will pack. The sequence is vital in this scenario. You can start upstairs then work your way down so that you can work quickly as the moving day nears. You can also start with the more critical rooms – bedroom, bathroom, and such. If you run out of time, you would have at least secured the bare necessities during your first few nights in your new home. Also, don’t forget to secure fragile items, fill empty gaps, and label your boxes accordingly.
Avoid the Moving Day Madness
Once your courier finally arrives, the scene for the entire day can get insane. You will be moving to and fro a lot and looking after a lot of things. That’s why it’s essential to come up with a plan a day ahead.
Prepare your packages early. Position them near the doorway with the heaviest ones closest to it. This way, movers can load them first and then work toward the lightest ones. Make the movers sign an inventory sheet as you move along, and make sure to supervise every activity. Once all of your things are neatly hauled in place, take your final rounds. Do a casual clean of the house. Take out the last batch of rubbish. Inspect each room, as well as the utilities and thermostat.
It’s always distressing to move to a new house. However, as long you stick to your plan and sleep plenty before moving day, then you’ll be settled right into your new home in no time.