Moving is typically a long process. If you intend on moving yourself, as most people do, you should ensure that you have an ample amount of time. The preferred amount of time should be about six weeks. This will allow for planning and preparation.
Where should you get started?
1: Determine what you think is valuable enough to move with you and what you can get rid of. If you have a habit of holding on to things that you will never use again, these are things that can be left behind or sold in a garage sale.
2: Start storing the items you will need to move. Things like boxes are sometimes difficult to come by. You should start collecting them now so that you will have enough by the time you are ready to walk out the door.
3: Start packing the items that are not essential. At this point, you can start packing away pictures on the walls, a lot of your rarely used plates, bowls, and cups. There are numerous things that you will not need within the next six weeks and you should start getting those into the boxes you are saving.
Keep yourself organized
1: Label everything and anything. As you are packing away some of the non-essential items, you should use some tape and/or a marker to mark the boxes appropriately. When you are unloading those items, you will know which rooms those boxes should be placed in. Also, ensure that you mark items that are breakable as "fragile". Labeling them according to the room will help too. Example: "Kitchen - Fragile".
2: You should also consider numbering the boxes as well as a use of inventory. If you have hired professional movers to help you in the process, this is probably more important. You want to be sure that all the boxes you have packed reach your home. So, as they are moving them to your house, you should be able to identify which ones made it, and which ones, if any, did not reach the new location.
Having your items arrive safely is important
1: As mentioned above in organization, you should label things according to how breakable the contents of the boxes are. If you have some of your old china in a box, you should label it fragile so that the movers are aware of how to care for that specific box. Although the idea is that they should always be careful, you almost have to expect things to get broken at times. You just do not want it to be some of your most favorite possessions.
2: Utilize some of your towels and pillows to keep items safe. You should ensure that you label this on the box though so that those unpacking do not unfold a towel that has something made of glass wrapped in it.
3: Keep all small parts of larger items that must come apart for moving together. For example, keep the bolts that go to bed frames in a separate bags from one another. This will make it easier to know which parts go with what items when trying to put them back together. Label the bags accordingly.
4: Tape stray items together for ease of carrying. For example, you could tape several mops, brooms, and other items together so that they are easily moved.Written by Margarita Hakobyan
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