Moving home can be a stressful and arduous task at the best of times and if you you’re not prepared and packed and ready to go, it can turn into a nightmare. Packing and moving is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes it’s just best left to the professionals. However, if you want to tackle the job yourself, you’re going to want to collect as many hot tips as possible. So, for you convenience, here is a little list on how to plan and pack for your next move.
- Be ruthless with your belongings. It’s easy, after years of living in one place, to accumulate a lot of belongings. We hold onto mementos for things that we can’t even remember. That’s what building a home is all about, making it a place of comfort and familiarity. But when it comes the time to move, it’s time to build some new memories and let go of the past. So, in order to best move on, and to save yourself the backaches and logistical headaches, you might want to purge a few of those unnecessary items. Be ruthless. That drawer of peculiar junk that never seems to be used can go, go, go. That old piece of furniture that has been hanging around since your college days can go too.
- Labels and lists. Its easy to lose things when you move house. In fact it’s almost inevitable. Almost. If you carefully label absolutely every box with exactly what belongings are inside, as well as what room the box will go to, you’ll find that you’ll be able to keep track of everything a little easier. Make a list with each box’s items and number each box to ensure none of them are missing upon your arrival at your new home.
- Make a floor plan. When you’re finally at the stage that you’re delivering those boxes and bits and pieces into your new home, be sure to know exactly what room each item should be delivered to. This will save you a lot of time when it comes to unpacking. If you simply dump everything willy-nilly in the living room, you’ll not only find it near impossible to move around and locate each item, but you’ll also spend another week moving the items from that room into the other rooms. So, draw up a floor plan of the house and write down the numbers and names of the boxes that will be delivered to each room in the appropriate room on the diagram. Simple!
- Get some help. Hiring a moving company can save you some significant back pain and heart pain. Consider the costs involved, and weigh the pros and cons. By the time you hire a U-Haul van and truck across country with your entire life in the back, you could’ve been kicking back and enjoying the scenery, and maybe even stopping for a vacation along the way. Consider your options and chat with the good people at Commonwealth Movers Inc. to get an idea of prices and the range of services that you’d benefit from when hiring a professional packing and moving service.