Moving becomes hard for most because they simply don’t know how to do it properly. It’s not taught in school. We just see people doing it and we just assume that the way we saw people (our parents most of the time) do it is simply the way to go. This is why moving becomes so stressful, exhausting, and energy-draining.
Such should never be the case if only we know how to move in a proper and organized manner. To help you do that, we will share a comprehensive list of moving tips that will make moving stress-free and even enjoyable for you.
Our tips are so comprehensive that you can even use them in creating your packing checklist. More than 70 years of moving experience knowledge of Australians is placed in this special post for you.
Essential Tips That You Need to Know and Apply When You’re Moving
1. Know your packing needs. Determine belongings that you want to personally pack from belongings that you want professional packers to handle.
2. Be particular with your packing materials. Only work with a removalist that uses high quality moving boxes and materials for packing.
3. Have enough packing materials. Running out of packing materials is a common source of minute stress that can easily grow into total fatigue. Prevent having to go for errands every now and then just because you’ve run out of marker pens, boxes, bubble wrap, or tape. Assign a dedicated day where you would buy everything you would need. Buy more than you would need to avoid having to do untimely shopping trips that lead to unnecessary tension and added stress.
4. Practice cleanliness at all times. Use white sheets like butcher’s paper to avoid leaving stains. Newspapers can leave stains to don’t use such.
5. Mind the little things. Use a separate zip-lock bag for small objects like nuts and screws.
6. Secure boxes. Reinforce your moving boxes by using security tape on the bottom, top, and sides of every single box.
7. Have a system. Number every singly moving box so that you would easily know if one is missing. You can also organize by color-coding with the use of marker pens. User different colors depending on the room where items in a box are set to be used for.
8. Label every single thing. Apart from writing a box’s room assignment, you should also label boxes with what they contain. This will make it easier for you to prioritize the opening of boxes. You will also have an easier time if you’re looking for a specific item.
9. Have a content list. You should have a master list of all boxes together with their numbers (or colors) and content.
10. Know where to start. You should start packing items that you use the least. Like CDs, books, and DVS, or ones in storage.
11. Work per room. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by packing one room at a time. This way, you will also be easily able to group all boxes that belong in the same room.
12. Be weight-specific. Heavy items should be placed on the bottom while light items should be placed on top.
13. Do not overload. To avoid having boxes that give-out or one’s that are too heavy for easy lifting, limit the weight of your boxes to 20 kilos.
14. No to empty spaces. Limit movement by filling up empty spaces in boxes by using clothing, fabric, tea towels, bubble wrap, or paper. This will aid in strengthening boxes and keeping them from collapsing.
15. Close everything properly. All boxes must be closed in such a way that nothing is sticking out. To have a stress-free move, ensure that all your boxes are properly closed by securing them with tape.
16. Use cartons properly. Heavy items should be placed in smaller cartons while light items should be placed in bigger moving boxes.
17. No shortcuts. Never pack other items inside drawers or cupboards. Your furniture should have nothing in them when it is moved as additional weight increases chances for damage while in transit.
18. Plan for your first night. Secure boxes that you will immediately night upon arrival. Make them easily accessible to enable you to quickly adjust to your new space upon arrival. You could pack a separate ‘First Night Box’ for all such needs like towels, bed linen, toiletries, and clothes.
19. Dismantle everything. Furniture or any items that can come apart must be dismantled for easy moving. Some of Perth’s leading removalists company offer furniture dismantling services so you can have experts do that for you.
20. Secure tiny objects. Screws and bolts must be carefully placed in clear bags or containers. To avoid confusion and items getting lost, you could tape them on the larger pieces of furniture that they belong to.
21. Use space wisely. Pack flat, organize small objects, vacuum seal clothing, use laundry bins for clothing storage, and pack irregular items in large cartons.
22. Mind accessories. Ensure that your sporting equipment doesn’t have their accessories with them like water bottles and pumps. They should be packed separately.
23. Pack your plates in an upright position. Stack plates like you would in the dishwasher as it will be less exposed to the risk of breaking.
24. Take pictures. Ensure that you take photos of all your furniture, electronics, or computer equipment. Give special focus on connections and cords so that you’d easily know where each wire should go once you’re ready to set-up in your new space.
25. Avoid spill. Drain all hoses, jars, and bottles before packing.
26. Mind sharp objects. Insulate all the sharp edges of sharp objects.
27. Handle heat properly. Gas burners, hotplates, grills, and BBQ hoods must be removed. Place all BBQ components in a separate heavy-duty plastic.
28. Prioritize safety. Do not pack toxic, flammable, corrosive, explosive, combustible, water-reactive, or oxidizing items like mower fuel and LPG gas bottles.