Five Essential Packing Tips
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As exciting as it may be to move into a new home, relocation is something not many adults look forward to and this is mainly because of the amount of hassle that comes with it. There is so many things that one needs to take care – redirecting mail, cancelling services, packing, moving. One of the most important and time consuming aspect of relocating is packing. If you chose not use a removals service but do it yourself, there are a lot of things you must know before you begin so that unpacking in the new house is made easy.
1. Start packing ahead
Depending on the amount of stuff that you have in your house, you might want to get ahead of packing before all the other responsibilities of moving step in. You are bound to waste a lot of time reminiscing as you dig up old articles, so you might want to factor that delay in as well. If you are moving a small house, one month before should be enough time. If you are moving from your dorm and only have a room worth of belongings, two to three weeks is a good estimate.
2. Get packing supplies in excess
A professional removals company will provide you with the packing supplies you will need. If not, you can find them at your local supermarket or stores. Visit several shops if you have to and collect boxes in all sizes. You can also recycle some of the boxes you have stored in your loft. Packing tape and old newspapers are easy to come by. Recycle old blankets and bedsheets as furniture and mattress covers.
3. Pack one room at a time
The best way to handle this humongous task is to tackle one room at a time. Begin from the top of the house and work your way first through the rooms that are not used often such as the attic, library etc. Pack in things that you are not likely to use in the next few weeks. Make sure you put way things according to the room you are going to put them in your new house and not the one it was in your old house.
4. Label boxes
Make a list of everything you put in a particular box and after you have taped it, label it on the sides according to any system of classification that you follow. Or simply write what you have put in it and any instructions you want the movers to follow while loading it. When loading them in the removal van, make sure you sort the boxes according to the rooms, and put the ones containing the items you will least need first. Put hazardous materials in a separate box and arrange to deliver them safely.
5. Do not overfill
Make sure your boxes are not too heavy to carry (as this might give you a back injury) or are bulging on the sides (it makes them difficult to stack and they might tear open when the van moves). In order to make sure you are carrying only what you need, do a de-cluttering session and give away or throw away what you don’t need. This will save you a lot on the removal cost as well. When loading on to the van, make sure that the heavier boxes are put underneath the lighter boxes, to make sure that the breakables are not damaged.
Additionally, you should also pack an essential bag containing everything that you might need on the first few days in the new house. Put this, along with your important documents and valuables, in the car so that they don’t mistakenly load it on the van.
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