You are moving house. You have found the perfect place in the perfect spot, but there’s one thing left to do: get packing. While the process can seem very stressful, it doesn’t have to be. With the right planning, the process can be simple and straightforward. Before you start packing, consider getting insurance. It’s possible that you have existing insurance that could cover the move, so it’s best to check initially with your existing insurer. If not, it’s definitely worth the investment. After all, you will be moving all of the most valuable things you own. When it comes to buying boxes, this isn’t the time to skimp. Choose light, flimsy boxes and you could well end up with your items all over the sidewalk. Instead, try to find corrugated cardboard boxes, which will last longer and offer better protection for your valuables.
One common packing mistake is to make boxes too heavy to move. Most people try to fill each box to the brim, and then they’re left with some boxes that simply can’t be carried, or that can only be carried with great difficulty. If a box contains light items like bedding, it’s usually OK to fill it quite close to the top. For boxes with shoes, books and even clothing, think ahead. Be careful not to put items like bleach and paint beside stuff that could be ruined. It’s best to put all hazardous items together and – if any leakages should occur – you’ll limit the damage that’s done.
You should also have a box of essentials. This will be almost like your suitcase. It might contain some kitchen items, like coffee and cups, and bathroom items like toothpaste and shampoo. If you can only bring one box on the day that you move in, bring this one. This should be the last box you pack, since you’ll probably need these things until the last minute.
If you’ve already sold your old house, you’ll likely want to keep some items in cheap self storage. These items are great things to pack first. They should be the exact opposite of your essentials. Start by finding the things that you use least often and then work your way up in terms of priority. If you find items that are of no use to you, don’t put them in storage at all. It’s best that you sell them, give them away to charity, or offer them to friends or family members that live nearby.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to fail to organize properly. They arrive, try to find a particular item, and end up looking through three boxes before it’s found. This is why it’s worth keeping an inventory of what item goes inside what box. Think like a librarian. Group similar items together and everything will be much easier to find. You could choose to do it by room, by the person it belongs to, or even by the type of item.