Planning on a home relocation or move soon and not sure how to get yourself, and your home, organized? Packing up and moving your home can be a daunting task simply for the fact there are always so many moving parts and pieces. Always keep in mind that the more organized you are the more comfortable is the moving process. Here are some practical tips that will help you to make an organized move.
Make a Checklist
Start planning when you get certain that you need to move. Planning the packing strategy will relieve you from the last moments stress. Inspect each room and decide what things you like to keep and what you want to get rid of or donate. Making a sorted list of valuable items that need special packing or extra insurance coverage will help you a lot.
Start searching for various moving company options and try to get maximum on-site estimate from different movers. This will help you to get the best service at an affordable cost. Before the moving date, contact the movers and confirm the details, regarding the final cost, exact time and date of move. Ensure their insurance both for the items being moved and for their work in your home. A good moving company will help you inventory your things so that when your boxes are received in your new home you can easily check items off the list.
A specially designed and categorized moving binder can help you save effort, time, and money. You can use color codes to mark each designated area of the home and this will help you to avoid confusion. However, some people will find it difficult to preserve the color codes and the sheets on which they have detailed everything. If the color code system does not work for you, then get a permanent marker, or colored stickers, and note every detail of the content in the box itself. This moving notebook will be the place where you can note down all the necessary notes and procedures for your move-out (utility cut-off dates for example) as well as the new location (directions, special details, utilities, etc.).
Get boxes and specialty containers
You can purchase new, like-sized boxes at minimal cost from a nearby store. You can also ask family, friends, or colleagues (or even local grocery stores) for extra moving boxes. Another new resource is using a service such as Rent A Green Box , Bungo Box or FrogBox, which basically rent durable boxes for your move. Arranging boxes of same size increases the efficiency while you are moving things to the truck. Keep extra number of boxes than required, as you may need more while packing. Consider labeling all sides of the box with the item name so you can easily know what it contains.
Packing and labeling
Go through each room and pack the less frequently used items first. Valuables and other fragile items that need special care must be packed and labeled separately. Label the boxes with its content and the room it is destined for. Do not make your boxes too heavy, especially if your move-out or move-in involves stairs. Nothing will ruin your move faster than a back injury.
Use suitcase for packing all the necessary things, such as clothes of family members, toiletries, and perishable food items, which you may need immediately upon the arrival. Don’t forget medications, documents and other must-have items. If children are involved in your move, do not forget to gather school records and certificates and medical records. Prior to the move obtain copies of the health reports from the health service provider and any other documents that may be required when registering for a new school or activity.
Before loading, make sure that the truck belongs to the mover company with which you have signed the contract. Also, make sure that you make them sign in all contracts, including loading and unloading of things.