Moving home can be a big day. There are many things that can go wrong on moving day. Here are 17 bright ideas for things you should avoid doing to make your move as smooth as possible.
Stress out and drag others with you – Moving house is stressful. Try not to get overwhelmed by all the chaos surrounding your move, and work with the removalists to ensure you have an easy move. Life will be a lot painless if you, your kids, family, friends and pets are happy and calm during the journey.
Pack plates horizontally, and with all your other fragile items; the less padding the better – Packing plates vertically will save you a ton of space. To keep your crockery from breaking, insert styrofoam or plastic plates in between each plate. Use clothes or soft items to cushion them and stop them from moving around during transit.
Be content with the absence of a survival kit – Having a handy bag that has your essentials will serve you remarkably, especially as all your basic items will be in boxes. Pack food, water, toiletries, chargers, plastic bags and other important things for the day, and if necessary, an overnight bag.
Put heavy items in very large boxes – Putting heavy items in large boxes will result in a very heavy box, and make it nearly impossible to pick up. Heavy boxes can also lead to back strain and potential accidents and damage of goods. It is better to spread out your heavy belongings in more boxes and make more trips to the truck.
Insist the food in the fridge is fine and continue to buy groceries – The food in your unplugged fridge and freezer will eventually thaw and reek. Start consuming the items one by one or throwing them out in the weeks/days leading up to your move. Make sure you minimise wastage by stopping entire grocery shopping trips and eating what you already have.
Do it all on your own – you don’t need help – Moving house is a big task, and it will significantly lighten your load to enlist the help of friends, family and removalists. Attempting to pack everything by yourself and transport it might feel heroic, but is definitely not wise if it can be avoided.
Spread out bottles of liquids in different boxes and pray they don’t leak – To avoid explosions and a slimy disaster, put cling wrap on the mouth of bottles and screw on the lid. It is also advisable to put all your bottles in one bag so it is well away from your other belongings.
Keep everything, as it is all of value – Old shoeboxes with worn out sneakers from 5 years ago, a dusty baking tray that you know you will never use, a crumpled handbag you hold onto for sentimental reasons… the list goes on. Purge your household in the months or weeks leading up to your move, and only hold on to the things you know are useful.
Move in the summer, on the hottest day you can find; 40°C and above temperatures are ideal – When you move is an important factor, as you don’t want yourself and the removalists to endure a heat wave or a hailstorm. While it is advised to arrange your move weeks in advance, try to move during a time where the weather is temperate, so no one succumbs to dehydration and natural disaster.
Arrange other appointments and dates on the same day as your move; chaos breeds productivity – Make sure your entire day is free, and you don’t have to rush off somewhere far and unreachable, as the removalists will need to ask you questions about your belongings. This is also to ensure nothing goes missing, or gets damaged.
Leave the redirection of your mail to the new homeowners – Having to collect mail from your old house, or have it sent back to you after bouncing off the letterbox can be a hassle, so arrange for your mail to be redirected to your new address weeks in advance. Let your bank, insurance providers, and other mail-subscription companies know that you’re moving before you go.
Don’t back up your data, as it is not necessary – Backing up your data is crucial, especially when moving house. If something happens to your laptops, desktops or tablets on transit to your new house, important personal and work information could be corrupted and impossible to recover.
Take your clothes off hangers – A great way to transport your clothes without having to rehang them one by one is to leave them on the hangers, tie them together and put them in large garbage bags. This way, you won’t need to spend time folding clothes and unpacking them once you arrive.
Throw everything into different boxes and don’t label them; organising is for amateurs – Before you pick up your roll of duct tape or permanent marker, browse the web for ideas on how to tackle organising your belongings. Using a colour code, numbering system or stickers to indicate priority of contents are just some of the great ways you can make your move streamlined and reduce potential problems.
Be stingy with your resources – especially bubble wrap – It’s always better to have more tape, more bubble wrap and more boxes than needed, as you never know what will happen.
Close your eyes and hope for the best – After organising all the details, paperwork, payments, redirection of mail and the million other things needed for your big day, you can sit back and relax. But don’t wing it, because anything that can go wrong, will most definitely go wrong.
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