Moving into a new place is full of excitement but it can also be a daunting task unless you are like me and have moved so many times you have become a moving pro.
That’s a big statement, but I have a very impressive track record: Moved countries 4 times, and in the past 10 years alone I’ve moved houses 4 times also. That’s not counting the number of times I moved when I was flatting with other people, that was a piece of cake when comparing to moving a full house.
As scary as moving is, it’s something we all have to do at least once in our lives, so I’ll share my moving hacks with you so this mammoth task feel like a breeze.
5 Hacks that will make moving easier
1. Call the removalists as soon as you know you’re moving
One of the scariest aspects of moving is the cost. To put your mind at ease, speak to the professionals as early as possible and request a quote.
Beware of fast quotes online, as the price can easily escalate if you have a lot more stuff then the removalists anticipated.
Having a professional properly assess the move, will save you money and ensure the process is stress-free.
2. Don’t pack items you won’t be keeping
One of the most important tasks to complete before you move is to go through every drawer, cabinet, wardrobe, storage boxes and units so you don’t waste time and money packing what you don’t need.
By accomplishing this before you start packing, you’ll also have a much easier task at the new place when unpacking.
You can also make some money by selling all your unwanted items online or by holding a garage sale. I also like to hold a charity hour where I put all the goods in one room and message my friends and family to come and “shop” for an hour. As they say, “One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure.
3. Use professional packers when you can
Packing can be a huge task and I find that when I pack the beginning of the process is enjoyable; I make notes on the boxes of its contents, I organize items nicely in the box and even wrap fragile items properly.
Two hours in I start to get frustrated and the care goes out the window.
Boxes go unlabeled, and at the end of the process everything gets shoved into the boxes with zero care.
Professional packers have systems in place that makes packing faster and safer. They clearly label boxes and pack thinking about unpacking at the other end. It might cost you a little extra, but it’s worth it especially if you’re time poor.
4. Padding space fillers with soft items
If you decide to save some money and pack the house yourself, there is one hack I swear by for keeping your items extra safe.
Place stuffed animals, pillows, sheets, blankets, towels, and any other soft items inside the boxes next to fragile items. It helps fill up empty spaces so your belongs won’t shift around during the move.
5. Colour code with tape
Writing the contents of boxes is a good start but if you want to make unpacking super easy, get coloured tape and use it to identify which room boxes belong to.
Let removalists know to keep colours together so they place boxes in the right room at the new place. Amazon has a great colourful masking tape set for $14.90. Just ensure you use good quality packing tape to shut boxes.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when moving but by being prepared you eliminate all the elements that will cause your anxiety levels to rise when the moving date creeps in.
Using a reliable and experienced moving company is one of the most important parts of the process. It will give you peace of mind and ensure you have a pleasant experience.
Author: Graziela Oborn, “professional” mover