Face your upcoming relocation with strength and enthusiasm, whether you want to take care of everything yourself, or if you prefer to put yourself in the hands of a moving company. The key to a successful move without too much effort is careful planning; do not leave anything to chance, from the boxes you will need, and what they cost, to the proper transport for your belongings, to insurance and, of course, the help of your family and friends. This post tells you how to plan a move.
What do I Take?
Before deciding whether to move on your own, make a count of all the things you are going to move and find out the price of the necessary boxes. Take the opportunity to declutter: new house, new life – consider leaving behind all the useless stuff that we all accumulate over the years. But if you really don’t want to throw it away or donate it, there are companies like H2H movers that will help you move it all.
Plan Well For Success
If you want everything to be perfect in your new home, to plan a move start by organizing things ahead of time and not leaving it until the last day. First decide what is necessary and get rid of what you do not want.
Gather your Supplies
Gather packing supplies including sturdy cardboard boxes, large garbage bags, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, tape, scissors, stickers, and markers.
Plan by Rooms
Label boxes by room: Living room, bathroom, bedroom … you can use color or number codes to indicate what needs to be unpacked first and what to expect. Record what is in each box, even if this takes you longer – when it comes time to unpack you will appreciate it. Label the boxes on all four sides and on top. Thus, when they arrive at their destination, each one will go to the correct room.
Move Valuable Items Yourself
Whether you plan a move on your own or put yourself in the hands of professionals, there are items that, either for their economic or sentimental value, it is preferable to transport yourself.
Use sturdy cardboard boxes of similar sizes so you can easily stack them. Put the heaviest on the bottom and the lighter ones on top, and fill with paper or poly balls. Fill them completely, but not too full, so that the flaps can be closed properly. Don’t pack backwards, use the moving company logo or your posters as a guide. And be careful that the weight does not exceed 50 lbs.
Use large garbage bags to store household clothes: cushions, blankets or quilts, and secure them with adhesive tape. Pillows can be put in the empty drawers of the dressers. Do not bend rugs, as they lose their shape and it is very difficult to smooth them again. Roll them up carefully and organize.
Wrap each plate in bubble wrap, and create a paper cushion at the bottom of the box to absorb impact. Lay plates vertically to balance the weight and fill in the gaps with more paper. Roll up glasses and cups and put them in boxes with dividers. Pack all the silverware together, tied together with a ribbon, and tightly cover the sharpest knives with plastic.
For things that weigh more, like books or magazines, put them in small and manageable boxes horizontally so that they do not warp. For electronic objects, like computers and televisions, keep them in their original packaging. If you don’t have it, wrap them in towels or blankets and then place them in boxes, filling in spaces. Take a photos of your belongings to have a reference.
Making Boxes to Move in
- Prepare an inventory. Don’t just pack your belongings in boxes without rhyme or reason. If you do so, when you get to your new home, you will have to face a mountain of identical boxes. It is better to spend time packing wisely, making a list of what you are going to transport and where it is going to be stored; later, you will appreciate it.
- Label the boxes. Another smart option is to mark each box. The easiest thing is to do it by rooms, and indicating on the outside very clearly where they come from and what they contain. In this way, in the new house, you can place each box in its proper place and locate your things without having to open all the packages until you find what you need.
- Protect fragile items. Spend time packing delicate items in bubble wrap, or purchase boxes designed for them. And for really fragile things, place cushions or pillows around them.
During transport, it is preferable to lock the furniture with a lock and keep all the keys together; tape should never be used on furniture because removing it can damage the varnish. If labels are needed, it is better to use cardboard labels attached to each furniture item.
Find out what licenses are required in your area; you will have to reserve space for the trucks to park and to use a crane in case you are moving to a higher floor without an elevator or if the furniture does not fit up the stairs. A specialized company such as H2H movers will do it for you.
Finding Help with Moving Professionals
We hope you found this blog post How to Organize the Perfect Move useful. Be sure to check out our post The Moving Checklist For Organizing The Entire Move for more great tips!