Shifting houses is an experience that we’ll have had. Often, there’s a lot of excitement prior to the move because the move represents new beginnings. Many a time, there’s some pain also. After all leaving a home where you’ve spent good time is never so easy. And, yes, there’s a lot of stress, too. This is true in case of every house move—and understandingly so. Moving your items is never easy, more so when you have too many items or are moving far away. Well, that may be so, but house moving can be free of stress if you plan accordingly for it. Here are some tips that can help you kick out stress, anxiety, and tension from your house move.
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- Pick boxes of varied sizes and mark them appropriately
First things first, you need many boxes of different sizes to pack your stuff. However, it is not only about quantity. You must also ensure that every box you use is in a good enough condition. The last thing you would want is to have a box collapse from the weight of the items inside it as you are moving it. You can purchase packing boxes from a professional moving company. Alternatively, you can scrounge your storeroom for them and also ask your friends to contribute to your cause by donating usable boxes. Next, label the boxes according to the items they contain. You can use different colors as codes. For instance, you can label the box containing fragile items with red. Don’t stash the items haphazardly into the boxes. Instead, place them in a planned manner. This will allow you to use the carton space more judiciously and also prevent over-cramping, which can cause damage to your items, especially breakable items.
- Pack your furniture intelligently
Furniture packing is an art in itself. The first thing you must do is unscrew handles of your drawers. Keep the handles inside the drawers themselves. Also, put other relevant things into the drawers to use that space. Using this hack, you can save space as well as time.
- Pack your breakable items suitably
It goes without saying that you must exercise caution while packing breakable items. However, contrary to the popular belief, it doesn’t take much to keep these items safe during house moving, especially if you pack them intelligently. Take, for instance, your plates. You can wrap a newspaper around each plate and tie the whole set with a ribbon to ensure they consume less amount of space and don’t move inside the box when you are lifting it or when it is being transferred in the delivery van or truck. For your mirrors and glass-built picture frames, we recommend you use bubble wrappers. They are not costly by any stretch of the imagination and are easily available, and using them will help you keep your costly items intact. With fragile items, exercising caution during packing is not enough; you must also label the box appropriately so that people who are going to move your stuff will know that this box must be handled extra carefully. You can label the box containing fragile items with red, as said above. Alternatively, you can write “FRAGILE ITEMS” in bold on it.
- Pack sheets and towels intelligently
Linens take up too much carton space. Therefore you should consider replacing bubble wraps with sheets and towels. This way you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone. On one hand, you’ll be able to add an extra protective layer to your delicate items by covering them with sheets or towels. On the other hand, you’ll be able to free up a sufficient amount of carton space. Example: Use a sheet or two to wrap the screen of your television and then put it in the carton. Ideally, you would want to use the original box to transfer your television. However, in case you’ve thrown it away, you can use this trick.
- Fix up any damages done by you
Whenever you take a condo on rent, you pay a security fee. When you leave your apartment, the security fee is returned. However, if you’ve damaged the apartment in any way, a certain amount, or even the full amount, can be deducted. Therefore, it is necessary that you ensure that all damages done to the apartment are repaired before you hand over the apartment’s key to the owner.
With help of these tips, you can make it easier for yourself to move out from your current apartment to a new house. These tips will help you save not only time but also money and effort so that your relocation is as stress-free as possible. Therefore, before you start packing, take a printout of this list. This will ensure you don’t miss any point by mistake. Best of luck!