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While buying or renting a new home can bring joy and excitement, most people can agree that moving from one home to another, especially for the first time, can be troublesome. Moving can be stressful, and you can go crazy just because you were ill-prepared. But that doesn’t need to happen! There are always certain things you can do, whether you’re self-moving or hiring a company, to avoid that new homeowner headache.
Plan Ahead: Now that you’ve purchased your new home, make sure you have arrangements for your move in day at least two to three weeks in advance. As well, as time narrows down to move-in day, compile a list to keep you organized while packing. You may want to start packing items you don’t often use earlier to save time and space.
Hiring a mover: If you are hiring a moving company, ask friends or family for a recommendation. This may not guarantee you’ll feel similar as your family or friends about a certain company, but hearing positive news about a company is a start. Researching various companies is vital. Spending some time doing research can avoid scams, overspending and wasting time. The internet is a great tool, but there are some things to look out for:
- Be doubtful of companies that offer prices that are much lower than others. This doesn’t always mean you’ll be receiving the greatest deal.
- A valid company should offer you an estimate, not an upfront price. A quote or an estimate should be given after a mover has inspected your home and possessions, not over the phone or internet.
- Check to see if you have insurance coverage in case of accidents. Also, ask the company if they offer liability coverage.
Self- Moving: Moving by yourself can save you money, but may take a lot more time and effort. Be certain that you’re able to take the time off from work and that you’re in suitable condition to lift heavy items for a day. Acquire the assistance of friends and family, and don’t forget to reward them with pizza and cold drinks.
Notify everyone: Unless you’re trying to hide from outside society, make sure you notify everyone that you’re moving. This includes work, utility companies, businesses, postal services, banks, clubs, your children(s)’s school etc.
Keep organized: First of all, ensure you have enough boxes to package all your possessions. When packing a particular room, keep all those materials together. Properly label each box by using coloured tape and permanent marker to make sure the labels are easily identifiable.
Important items: When moving, don’t leave any valuables and important personal documents buried down in a box on a truck. Personally take them with you. As well, carry items such as a set a clothes, medicines and toiletries on hand for the first night so you avoid searching for them when you’re tired and weak.
Having a successful and a relatively smooth moving experience isn’t difficult to achieve. The night before, make sure you’re relaxed and ready to go. Get a good night’s sleep – you don’t want to be cranky and tired on one of the busiest days of your life. And most importantly, be positive, and don’t worry, your new home will be worth every drop of sweat.
This page is for those people who know they are moving and need some information to help in organizing the process. Contact Me at any time and I can put you in touch with moving professionals to help you with that part of the process.
Any household move--whether across town or across the world--is a stressful time for all. Even pets undergo anxiety. When your move is finished, give yourself a treat. You deserve it!.
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Start well in advance of the moving day and avoid the last minute packing, rush, and strain
Use only boxes with lids. This allows better packing of the moving truck and greatly reduces the possibility of damage.
If necessary, purchase boxes and packing materials from a moving company. Use linens and towels to cushion fragile items
Label all boxes with a list of contents, and which room they will be moved to in your new residence. If a box has fragile contents, boldly mark the outside of the box "FRAGILE". Label both the top and the side of each box.
Leave clothes in drawers.
Use about four inches of crumpled paper in the bottom of every box loaded with fragile items. Wrap each item individually and add paper cushioning around it.
Wrap plates, saucers and china individually, then bundle in groups of three or four. Stand them on end in the carton; never lay them flat.
Wrap cups and glasses individually and pack them rim down in the box. If items are particularly delicate, pack one box inside another.
Don't use newspaper to wrap fine china and other items that can't be easily washed. Newspaper ink smears easily.
Box stereo and computer equipment to prevent damage.
Pack pictures and mirrors in boxes. If you are concerned about damage, have these items professionally packed.
Check to see that caps are secure on toiletries, medicines, laundry soap.
As you pack small boxes, move them into a staging area such as the living room or the garage. This makes moving day progress faster.
Make sure a few hand tools are easily accessible. You may need them right away in your new house.
Upright file cabinets with drawers can be left full. Lateral file cabinets need to be emptied as do desks and credenzas.
Do not pack any flammable materials or aerosol products, including hair spray, shaving cream, deodorant, insecticides, cleaning products, spray paint, nail polish remover, bleach, lighter fluid, and motor oil. The temperature inside a closed moving van can reach 150 degrees, and these combustible items can trigger an explosion.
If you are moving your belongings into a storage unit, get a unit larger than you require. This way boxes can be stacked against each wall to leave an aisle down the middle for easier access to stored items.
Make sure your belongings are insured for an adequate amount, and carry enough cash to cover emergency situations during your move.
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