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Unpacking after your move a how to guide

The process of moving house consists of a great deal of move related tasks whose timely and successful completion pre-determines how your entire residential move will play out.

Yes, the relocation process is all about impeccable organisation of the various jobs you are expected to take care of, and as you surely know by now, each stage has its signature task of monumental importance – finding a top rated moving company during the initial orientation period, packing up your home for a move during the preparation period, and of course – unpacking and organising after your move during the final stage of your relocation adventure.

Hopefully, you will have had a smooth residential move with no serious problems of any kind. And then, the moment your professional movers or your non-professional helpers (aka your friends) leave you with mountain-like piles and stacks of cardboard boxes filled to the brim with all sorts of items, it’s time to turn your attention to another unwelcoming but must-do marathon – unpacking!

Learn the best way to unpack after moving with the help of expert unpacking and organising tips that have been proven to work every time.

Help unpacking after a move

Now, the first thing to ask yourself while you’re looking anxiously at all the moving boxes that have been recently delivered is whether or not you will need unpacking help, and if yes – what type. There are a few factors to consider here:

Unpacking Time

If you are forced to unpack quickly after moving house, then you should seriously consider hiring helpers to finish that task as fast as possible. The problem with unpacking is that, similar to packing, it is one of the most time consuming jobs that you will find in your personal moving calendar.

Unpacking should be done in a systematic manner that makes sense for you.
How long does it take to unpack after moving? Well, there’s hardly a unified answer to that essential question, but the case-by-case nature of moving house suggests that the unpacking time is directly influenced by

1) the number of boxes to unpack and protected furniture pieces to arrange and re-assemble,

2) the number of helpers, either professional or non-professionals,

3) the presence of special items that can slow down significantly the entire process.

Therefore, if you’re starting work in the new city in a few days’ time or if you must meet another fast approaching deadline, then initiating and completing the unpacking challenge all by yourself seems to be out of the question. Reach out to your friends and promise them even greater fun than the one they had while giving you a helping hand with the packing project.

Professional touch

Sometimes you may not have a choice but to resort to professional unpacking services. For example, if you happen to have antique furniture pieces that are too expensive or dear to your heart, or ordinary furniture that requires special re-assembly skills, then your best course of action is to re-assess the increased risk of unpacking by yourself, and do what’s best for both your you and your valuable possessions. Contact your relocation partner again to learn the conditions for the unpacking assistance you need.

How to unpack and organise after moving

Having determined whether you’d be better off asking for timely professional or non-professional help, or whether you have the time and skills to unpack by yourself after the move, it’s time to take a look a closer look at the unpacking steps you’re recommended to follow:

What rooms to unpack first

Luckily, there’s a highly logical rule when it comes to which rooms to unpack first, and that rule states that you should unpack and prepare the rooms according to their occupational significance.

Bedroom. After an energy draining moving day, there can’t be a real debate about which room should be unpacked first. A few words will probably be already flashing in your head like an emergency light (BED, SLEEP, PILLOW, and REST), thus demanding immediate action from you. If the bedroom of your new home is not pre-equipped with a bed, assemble the one you’ve just moved or consider getting one to be your top priority. One thing is clear though – you won’t be able to go through another day without a good night’s sleep, so your bedroom is definitely the first room to unpack and set up for normal occupation.

Unpacking and setting up the kitchen has a high priority tag attached to it, but the bedroom still remains the first room to unpack.
Bathroom. The good news is that the next room is pretty straightforward to unpack and get ready for use. Of course, that room is the bathroom – the very place you want to be in after endless hours of hard move related work. As long as there’s running hot water, you’re fine – just stack up towels, hang the shower curtains, get your toiletries in, and you’re basically ready to wash away the moving day stress and accumulated dirt.

Kitchen. You’re going to need free access to the new home kitchen to maintain your energy levels high during the initial post move period. However, it’s good to know that unpacking a kitchen and making it fully operational can take days, so it’s best if you unpack and set up only the absolute essentials, and organise the rest of your kitchen little by little. Get the main kitchen appliances as a refrigerator and a cooker up and running such, and then move on to the smaller electric appliances such as a coffee maker, a microwave oven, and so on.
After you have unpacked and set up (partially) your new home’s bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, you can follow an unpacking schedule that actually makes sense in your particular case and suits your immediate needs at the same time. In most cases, the storage areas your new house or apartment has will be the last ones to get organised after your local or cross country move.

How to unpack after moving: quickly, efficiently and easily

You will soon realise that the best way to unpack after moving is to prepare a personal unpacking calendar and stick to it from Day 1. The personalised and prioritised timeline will help you organise your time effectively and will eventually boost your unpacking speed to the level that you desire.

Pay special attention to the next fool-proof unpacking tips after moving:

Inspect your boxes. Your very first unpacking step is to inspect the freshly delivered boxes and check them against your moving inventory or your packing list to make sure every single item is accounted for. If you do find a box or something else to be missing, then contact your movers immediately and let them know.
Sort out your boxes. After the initial inspection, it’s time to ensure that the proper containers have been carried inside to their correct destination rooms, that is all KITCHEN labelled boxes end up inside the new kitchen. If you have used our solid advice on how to label moving boxes, the chance of unpleasant mistakes and time wasting mix-ups is practically zero.

Get rid of no longer needed packing materials on a regular basis to avoid cluttering up your new home.
Unpack essentials boxes. The main idea behind packing essentials boxes in the first place is for them to be unpacked first as they contain nothing but life-savers. Click here to learn the important role of the so-called open first boxes.

Take care of your furniture. The satisfactory answer to the question how to unpack after you move continues with unpacking step number 4, which is all about proper prioritisation. Thus said, you are strongly advised to unpack, re-assemble and set up your large and heavy pieces of furniture before you get down to emptying the packed boxes. Have a good idea where you want each piece to be positioned in advance to avoid having to move it again later after it’s been assembled. As mentioned before, this is the unpacking stage where you should definitely consider expert help.
Unpacking speed considerations. Unlike the process of packing up your home before a quickly approaching deadline (your scheduled move date), unpacking, when organised well, allows for a more stress-free experience. In fact, you are given a greater control over the unpacking speed thanks to the lack of a day or time set as your finish line. So, as long as you’ve made sure the most essential rooms are good to go, you can choose to slow down the unpacking pace in exchange for other more urgent tasks. Moreover, some of the packed boxes can be placed temporarily in storage until a later time (usually items intended for your storage areas anyway – garage, basement, attic, etc.).
How to unpack quickly after moving? However, sometimes you may not actually have the luxury of unpacking at your own comfortable pace, and then you should use little clever tricks to boost your unpacking speed. Here they are in no particular order:

1) Do not put off until tomorrow what you can unpack today,

2) Dispose of packing materials properly and in a timely fashion to avoid perfectly avoidable delays,

3) Clean up on a regular basis as you’re unpacking your rooms one by one to prevent an unpacking mess and a post move chaos,

4) Consider asking your friends for help if time really proves to be your enemy.

How to get motivated to unpack after moving? Having gone through the crazy preparation period that included the champion of all pre move tasks – packing, and then having made it through the nerve-wracking Moving day, the question of how you should maintain your motivation to unpack after moving suddenly turns out to be an excellent question. Luckily, a great way to keep your motivation alive is to set mini goals before you, and then reward yourself however you deem appropriate right after each of the mini goals is completed.

Safe lifting tips

One of the biggest causes of back injury at work is lifting or handling objects incorrectly.

Learning and following the correct method for lifting and handling heavy loads can help to prevent injury and avoid back pain.

Check out these safe lifting and handling tips, recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.

Think before you lift

Plan the lift. Where is the load going to be placed? Use appropriate handling aids where possible. Will help be needed with the load? Remove obstructions, such as discarded wrapping materials. For long lifts, such as from floor to shoulder height, consider resting the load mid-way on a table or bench to change your grip on it.

Keep the load close to the waist

Keep the load close to the waist for as long as possible while lifting. The distance of the load from the spine at waist height is an important factor in the overall load on the spine and back muscles. Keep the heaviest side of the load next to the body. If closely approaching the load isn’t possible, try to slide it towards the body before trying to lift it.

Adopt a stable position

Your feet should be apart with one leg slightly forward to maintain balance (alongside the load if it’s on the ground). Be prepared to move your feet during the lift in order to maintain a stable posture. Wearing over-tight clothing or unsuitable footwear, such as heels or flip flops, may make this difficult.

Ensure a good hold on the load

Where possible, hug the load close to the body. This may be a better option than gripping it tightly with the hands only.

Don’t bend your back when lifting

A slight bending of the back, hips and knees at the start of the lift is preferable to either fully flexing the back (stooping) or fully flexing the hips and knees – in other words, fully squatting.

Don’t flex the back any further while lifting

This can happen if the legs begin to straighten before starting to raise the load.

Don’t twist when you lift

Avoid twisting the back or leaning sideways especially while the back is bent. Keep your shoulders level and facing the same direction as the hips. Turning by moving your feet is better than twisting and lifting at the same time.

Keep your head up

Keep your head up when handling the load. Look ahead, not down at the load once it has been held securely.

Move smoothly

Don’t jerk or snatch the load as this can make it harder to keep control and can increase the risk of injury.

Know your limits

Don’t lift or handle more than you can easily manage. There’s a difference between what people can lift and what they can safely lift. If you’re in doubt, seek advice or get help.

Lower down, then adjust

Put the load down and then adjust. If you need to position the load precisely, put it down first, then slide it into the desired position.

Insurance when moving house

Moving home is a stressful experience, so make sure your contents, your old home and your new home have insurance cover during the switch.

Key points

  • Cover for goods in transit and/or in storage may be included as standard or as an option – check your policy
  • You’re likely to have to use professional movers to be covered DIY moves may invalidate insurance
  • Valuables like jewellery and documents may not be covered
  • Remember your new property – you’re responsible for it when you exchange contracts, so make sure you have appropriate insurance cover in place

Moving house is usually a chaotic experience.

You’ve got solicitors and estate agents to deal with, paperwork piling up and day-to-day life still carrying on in the background.

Home contents insurance in transit

Making sure your possessions are insured during the move may not be something you’ve considered, but checking your home insurance policy will give you peace of mind in the middle of a hectic time.

In May 2014 Gocompare.com analysed 315 contents insurance policies listed on the matrix of independent financial researcher Defaqto.

In the study, 81% of insurance providers covered possessions during removal as standard – but only if you’re using a professional to transport them.

A DIY move, where you pack all your worldly possessions into the back of your mate Dave’s van, isn’t covered.

Some 9% of the policies studied offered removal cover as an optional extra with accidental damage cover.

During a move it’s not uncommon for heavy items of furniture or fragile objects to be damaged, so a DIY move could prove costly if your belongings aren’t insured

If you’re moving valuables or breakables, these are only insured if they have been packed professionally.

Valuables including jewellery, watches, deeds and other documents are usually excluded from cover for home moves, according to the Gocompare.com research, so it’s wise to check and consider special cover.

“Moving home is an expensive business,” said Gocompare.com’s Ben Wilson.

“Some people look to make savings by either opting for a complete DIY removal or by packing the boxes themselves and arranging transportation through a professional firm.

“But during a move it’s not uncommon for heavy items of furniture or fragile objects to be damaged, so a DIY move could prove costly if your belongings aren’t insured.

“Whether you opt to move yourself or employ a professional firm, you’ll need to contact your home contents insurer well in advance of your moving date to let them know of your plans.

Did you know…?

  • Once you exchange contracts you take legal responsibility for your new property – not on the day of completion

“They’ll be able to let you know what cover, if any, is provided for your possessions while they are in transit and highlight any limits or restrictions which may apply.

“For example, valuables including money, jewellery, watches, deeds and other documents may be excluded, while cover for items held in storage may be restricted, with some policies specifying a certain number of days while others provide no cover at all.”

If you need to keep any of your possessions in storage before moving into your new home, have a word with your provider – cover is sometimes restricted to a number of days, or you may get no cover at all as standard.

Insurance in a new home

Once your contents have arrived at your new home, it’s important to let your insurer know so your cover can be re-evaluated.

“To move your contents insurance with you to your new property, you’ll also need to provide your insurer with details of your new home,” said Wilson.

“Premiums are based on the postcode and the type of property you live in, as well as the value of your belongings, so your insurer will want to recalculate your premium accordingly.

“Also, if you’re buying new furniture, electrical goods or other items for your new home which would push up the value of your home contents, you should review your sum insured to make sure it is sufficient to cover your new purchases.”

Before committing to switch, you should check your existing insurer’s cancellation charges
Ben Wilson

Remember, once you exchange contracts you take legal responsibility for your new property – not on the day of completion.

There is usually an overlap in moves, so you’ll need to make sure both your properties are insured during that period, which can sometimes be weeks or months.

Many policies will cover your old property until you move into your new one, but again give your provider a call to check.

Time to compare home insurance

It’s always a good idea to check you’re getting the best deal annually, but moving home can be the perfect time to compare prices and reassess your home insurance policy.

If you are mid-way through your policy you could be subject to a cancellation fee, which is likely to affect any benefit gained from switching.

“While your current insurer may have offered the best deal on your old property, they might not be so competitive for your new home, so changing your address can also be a good time to shop around and change your home insurer,” said Wilson.

“However, before committing to switch, you should check your existing insurer’s cancellation charges to make sure that these don’t wipe out your potential saving.”

10 Packing Tips You Must Know When Moving House

Packing Tips CalendarRelocation is a process we never look forward to. You have to contact utility companies, clean your entire home before you leave, hire a moving van in advance, not to mention pack all your belongings. So, how to pack up your house to move?

Here are ten packing tips for moving house.

Packing Supplies You Need

Packing Tips MaterialsA great source for free cardboard boxes is your local supermarket or pharmacy.CLICK TO TWEET

Sometimes you might have to go during a specific time of the day as some grocery shops receive shipments only once a week. You’ll need:

  • Small boxes;
  • Medium boxes;
  • Large boxes;
  • Heavy duty boxes;
  • Wardrobe boxes.

You can make wardrobe boxes yourself by using a tall enough box and adding a metal rail you can find on eBay in different lengths.

Additionally, you’ll need:

  • Packing tape;
  • Bubble wrap;
  • Old newspapers;
  • Stretch wrap for furniture;
  • Marker;
  • Labels.

There are whole moving house kits online you can find for different type of properties. For a one-bedroom flat, a two-bedroom flat and so on.
Another option is to purchase the packing service from a moving company. Moving companies have different types of boxes suitable for all sorts of items and they can do all the packing professionally for you.

How to Pack for Moving House

Packing Tips Know How

  1. Pack early. The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. So, for a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number, but you get the idea.
  2. Start with rooms you least need. Makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples. This will cause some chaos, which can make moving with your cat, or moving with your dog easier, by letting them explore the packing materials around.
  3. Pack one room at a time. This is one of the most important packing tips which for some reason often gets neglected. Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where.
  4. Declutter. Hold a garage sale or give your old unwanted items to charity. There is also eBay, so your options are plenty. If you have friends helping you with your move, ask them whether they need anything you’re planning to sell. After all, you’re not paying them and they should get something for all their troubles.
  5. Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds for a box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items is small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally.
  6. Fill empty gaps. Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride.
  7. Label your boxes. Write the contents on each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they’re are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room. Ask your children, if you have any to help you. Kids love drawing and colouring, so what better way to reduce the stress of moving? This is just one method of helping your kids cope with the move.
  8. Put heavier boxes on the bottom. Packing tips like this one might be common sense, but they’re still important to mention. By putting your heavy boxes underneath the lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move. Boxes full of books and furniture parts are great examples of what you should load first.
  9. Dispose of hazardous materials.
  10. Prepare a box of essentials.

How to Deal with Hazardous Materials

Packing Tips Hazardous Materials
Just a good piece of information, if you’re hiring movers: most companies do not transport hazardous materials. The ones that do, have a specific permit, but they are generally very few and a lot more expensive.

Hazardous materials can be:

  • Boxes of paint;
  • Cleaning products containing bleach;
  • Pesticides;
  • Asbestos;
  • Batteries;
  • Fluorescent tubes.

The best way to deal with hazardous materials is to dispose of them in an Eco-friendly manner.CLICK TO TWEETLots of companies have the equipment to do this for you. If you need to take such items with you, make sure you shut them close as tight as possible and place each type in a different box. It’s NOT a good idea to mix them together. Close the boxes well and label them.

How to Prepare a Box of Essentials

Packing Tips Essentials
One of the most important packing tips you will ever come across.

The box of essentials should contain items you will need right after your move is over.CLICK TO TWEET

Start packing it early, so it can be half way full by the time the moving day comes. Leave room so you could later add last minute items. Put this box last in the moving van, so you can later have easy access to it when you’re done relocating.

Examples of what your box of essentials should contain:

  • snacks, canned or boxed food;
  • can opener;
  • eating utensils;
  • pans and pots;
  • towels and dishcloth;
  • toiletries;
  • baby supplies;
  • pet food (if you have a pet);
  • instruction manuals for all your electric appliances remote controls;
  • first aid kit;
  • tool box.

And so, now you know how to pack for moving house. Good luck!

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Six Steps Of Proper Lifting Always Remember:

• Use of any back support does not mean you can – or should – lift more than your body could normally sustain without a belt on.

• Your belt is a superior tool in helping to decrease the likelihood of injuring your back. • No back support can, by itself, prevent injury.

• Belts must be used in and overall back safety program within your organization or company.

• Back programs should include and exercise and training of proper lifting mechanics.

1) Always size up the load to be handled.

• Look at what you are about to lift and if necessary, move it from side to side, and forward or backward to gauge the object’s weight.

• Can you handle it safely by yourself, or do you need help?

• Being honest with your personnel capabilities can save many problems in the future.

2) Establish a firm footing to ensure the best possible balance and stable lifting base.

• Stand with your feet apart, at about the same width as your shoulders.

• Stand with one foot in front slightly in front of the other.

3) Preparing for the lift, remember to keep your back as straight and upright as possible.

• When preparing to lift anything, keep your back perpendicular to the ground, not horizontal.

4) Always bend at your knees, not at your waist.

• Slowly lower yourself using only your legs.

• Remember to keep your back as straight as possible all the way down.

5) As you begin to lift, tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your legs, not your back.

• Let you leg muscles do all the work.

• Your leg muscles are much stronger than your weaker back muscles.

6) Always keep your load as close as possible to your body.

• When you have to turn, turn with your feet first, and let your body follow.

• Never turn by twisting your body.

Moving Mistakes

Removal companies help make your house move far easier, but things can still go wrong. Here are 10 easy mistakes to make and what you should do instead.

#1 – Hiring a removals company without getting a surveyor’s estimate
Removals firms work with volume. The bigger companies have a fleet of vehicles, and they won’t know which ones will be most appropriate unless they know how many possessions you have. Good quality removals services send surveyors round free, who then let the removals firm know what vehicles you’ll require. If you don’t have a surveyor round, you may end up paying too much for a large vehicle, or have to wait while several smaller vans perform multiple round trips.
#2 – Using your final sweep of the house to look for new items to take
It’s only natural to worry you’ve left things behind. To avoid unnecessary stress, you’ll want to start checking cupboards and crevices early so you don’t miss anything, particularly if you have a large house. You should definitely check just before you leave, but this final check is for items you’ve already packed, rather than items you may have forgotten about.
#3 – Setting up new services after removals day
There is generally a period of downtime when disconnecting and reconnecting services, in particular gas and electricity. Make sure you call your suppliers early to ensure you have utilities when taking possession of your new house. The same goes for your telephone line and broadband connection. It’s a good time to see if you can get a better deal too.
#4 – Not labelling your boxes
Whatever size your house, you’ll always find you own more than you think. If you don’t label your boxes with the relevant information, you’ll find yourself wasting time rummaging in them after you settle in trying to find out where the removals company should put them. We recommend labelling them with the room they are supposed to be put in, and a brief summary of their contents.
#5 – Fitting carpet after you’ve moved in
We all like a new house to feel like our own. One of the best ways to do this is to fit new carpet, particularly if the old carpet is frayed or dirty. If you want to install new carpet, but you wait until you’ve moved in, you’ll find yourself having to move all your furniture all over again. Get it done as soon as possible, along with a comprehensive spring clean. That way your new home is clean and fresh as soon as you arrive.
#6 – Failing to plan for your first few days after the move
In the intensity of moving day, it can be easy to forget that you’ll need provisions for your first few days in your new home. What are you going to eat? Where are you going to sleep? Your plates and toiletries may be at the bottom of one of 25 boxes. The best solution is to pack a removals survivor kit with all the essentials, so you can acclimatise yourself to your new home without having to worry about going out to buy supplies.
#7 – Forgetting to clear infrequently visited areas
It’s easy to remember to clear out the kitchen and bathroom, but what about the loft and the shed? Make sure you leave yourself enough time to clear all areas. If you haven’t been there in a while, you may have to sort through years of items. Ensure you take effective safety precautions, for example dust masks, when sorting through old boxes and cupboards.
#8 – Preparing for your move in the wrong order
It’s no good disconnecting your washing machine a month before your completion date. Make sure you wind down your life in your old house in the right order, to avoid having to deal with complications such as no electricity or no frozen food. Our comprehensive moving checklist details what you should do and when, so you’ll have no problems if you read it whilst preparing for your move.
#9 – Spending too much time packing easy items and forgetting the difficult tasks
When it comes to removals day, you don’t want your removals firm waiting impatiently outside because you haven’t disconnected all your machinery. If you aren’t confident preparing a washing machine or computer for transportation, ask a friend or consult a professional. The same goes for light fittings.
#10 – Forgetting to record utility readings
The last thing you want is to be overcharged for your gas and electricity. The moment before you leave, write down your utility readings. These can then be passed onto your suppliers so you only pay what you owe and no more. And whilst you’re at it, check to see whether you can save money with a differnt supplier before you reconnect with your old one.

The Ultimate House Moving Guide

coffee and tabletMoving has more in’s and out’s than a maze garden. Where it seems like it should all be so simple – pack things, move things, unpack things, it is very seldom such an easy road.

We’re not turtles or hermit crabs, and despite their enviable position, it’s nice to have a few more things that can fit in a shell on our back. Here is a good batch of advice for moving house to make the process less hassle and more of a hooray!

House Moving Guide: How to Move House

There are a few very important general steps to do when you have to move house, and they apply to everyone, without exceptions. This is the ultimate house moving guide after all. And here they are:

  1. Cleaning up
  2. Choosing a moving company
  3. Packing everything
  4. Transporting one’s belongings
  5. Unpacking
  6. Change of address

How to Clean Up Your Place

make upWe all have things we do not need. When you move, you have a rare opportunity to rife through your miscellany and make a concerted effort to de-junk your life. It may seem like an arbitrary figure, but it’s a figure that has served this seasoned mover well.

De-cluttering is a very important part, as it lessens the baggage before the move.

  1. Start with throwing away the garbage.
  2. Look around for more hidden garbage. Sometimes garbage might not mean junk, but just an item that you’ll never use and only takes up space and gathers dust. You don’t want such things with you. Not when you’re starting a new life at a new place.
  3. Use the 12:12:12 de-cluttering technique. Throw away 12 items you don’t need, donate another 12 items you don’t need and sell another 12 items you don’t need. It’s a good way to get rid of stuff you might otherwise not consider.
  4. Do an end of tenancy deep clean. Obviously, it won’t look the same way as you moved in once upon a time, but it can be close enough. Deep clean of walls, carpets, not to mention the kitchen with all its weak points, like the fridge, the oven, the cupboards. If you’re expecting a security deposit back, this is inevitable. And, of course, you can always call professional cleaners for that.
  5. Do a pre-tenancy cleaning. You just have to start your life at the new place with a clean room. Even if the previous tenants did an end of tenancy clean, you should make sure everything is spotless before moving in. You can use the cleaning services of pre-tenancy cleaners as well.

How to Choose the Best Moving Company

searching on a laptopDo you have an army of helpers at the ready? Do you have a reliable truck sorted? Do you have enough beer and pizza to satiate your helpers? If not, or your move is too much for your friends and family to handle, the best way for planning a house move is to book a moving company.

  1. Check online. It’s the 21st century and if a business does not have a website, they’re either complete dummies, or don’t have enough budged. Both cases, you don’t need them.
  2. Evaluate the information. A good moving company maintains a very user-friendly website. If they don’t give enough info, or don’t list benefits, you might be looking at a scam. Even if it is not, they’re not trying hard enough to keep your interest. You don’t need them.
  3. Check benefits. Good companies offer free non-obligatory quotes, have full insurance, at least a few different services, discounts for booking two or more services, good vehicles and a professional team of moving specialists. These things should be listed.
  4. Ask for payment. Different moving companies charge differently. Some might charge you by the hour, other by weight, and others by staff members, including combinations of all three.
  5. Compare quotes. Since the Internet provides a huge database of businesses you can choose from, it’s important to know how to compare different moving quotes, so you can chose the right one for you.

How to Pack for Moving House

hanger with a dressPacking is the biggest headache inducing activity and takes up the majority of tips onpacking and moving house. When it comes to packing furniture, it’s important to get all needed materials (and make sure they’re not low-quality) and pack in waves.

  1. Start a week before moving day with items you won’t be using the last week before the move.
  2. Try to coordinate the amount of food you have in the fridge – it has to finish exactly one day before the move, so it can be empty on the next and not force you to throw away perfectly good products.
  3. Pack boxes by room and not by item.
  4. Label boxes for each room to make unpacking easier.
  5. The day before the move, pack a box of cleaning essentials and a box of your own essential (snacks, towels, medicine, etc.) and label them in red so they can stand out and be unpacked first.
  6. Wrap furniture with stretch wrap to avoid scratches.
  7. Pack the last items (sheets, pyjamas) in the morning of moving day.

How to Unpack After Moving House

table, glasses, flowerUnpacking in the new place is also a part of the house moving guide, and a very important one at that. You cannot start unpacking without a deep clean. So, hopefully you did a good pre-tenancy clean before moving in.

  1. Use the movers to get the furniture where you want it. You can’t make things any easier than this. Furniture is heavy and will give you the most back pain, so knowing which piece of furniture goes where can help you a lot. Just tell the movers where to put everything and you’re only left with opening the boxes.
  2. Place boxes in every room. This is why we had to label the boxes in the first place. Place every box in the corresponding room.
  3. Unpack by room. Start with the kitchen and bathroom. These are the rooms that will more or less stay the same through your whole stay in this place and there probably wouldn’t be any rearrangements in the future.
  4. Leave carpets and rugs for the end.
  5. Get rid of moving boxes. There are lots of ways to get rid of cardboard boxes from giving them to friends, to donating, to selling them second hand if they’re in good condition.

How to Change Your Address

early dinnerThere are a number of logistical problems with a move, and utilities are a common culprit on this house moving guide. Before you move, change the address of your documents and all your utilities.

  1. Passport. Be glad, you don’t have to update your passport, one thing less to think about.
  2. Drivers Licence. Online fast and easy.
  3. Water Supply. Online, fast and easy.
  4. Gas and Electricity supplier. Give at least 48 hour notice that you’re changing your address, so they can calculate your last bill.
  5. Minor Utilities. Landline, Internet provider, cable.

With a well organised list and plenty of advance notice will make even moving house for the first time easy. It’s not the best house moving guide out there, but the most important stuff are right here. A few simple steps, one simple house moving list. Make the big day easier.

The 5 Worst Mistakes To Make When You Move House

Whether you are living in a dorm, apartment, or house, the moving process can be very stressful. Of course, apartments and houses bring on the bigger issues, but all in all, all housing requires demanding work when it comes to the move.

Here are the five worst mistakes movers make.

1. Packing haphazardly

The first rule in packing: wrap up breakables. This means anything fragile. You can use bubble wrap, tissue paper, or even your own clothing to save money. In addition, after wrapping up your items, pack your socks around them to provide extra cushion — just to be safe. Also, regarding plates, place them vertically to reduce the chance of them breaking. Opening a box to realize all of your dishes are broken will not make for a happy day.

For those of you moving into a dorm and you are not bringing glass dishes or anything of the sort, this is the time to wrap up things such as perfume/cologne, lotions, shampoo, body wash; basically anything with liquid. Putting items like these in plastic, sealed bags is a good idea. That way if they do happen to leak (or explode) the contents will not ruin its surroundings. Or, you can cover the opening with saran wrap and put the cap back on.

A common rule, if you bring groceries, do not put your eggs at the bottom of the bag. Hopefully you did not actually pack eggs, but you get the point. Any breakables go towards the top of the load, even when placing things in the truck or car. Heavy items such as nightstands need to go below everything else. Your picture frames might not survive a car ride under a 20 to 30-pound nightstand. One pothole and it is game over.

2. “Losing” your items

Okay, they did not disappear out of thin air, so where did they go? First of all, make a checklist. It is easy to confuse everything you have already packed compared to what you have not. Creating a checklist allows movers to keep track of items.

In addition, it is helpful to label boxes or bags. Organization is the key to moving. Separating boxes according to different rooms will help you keep everything together. When dishes start showing up in boxes with hats, things can get complicated. Therefore, in a “kitchen” box, you would find silverware, plates, cups, etc. Color coding is also helpful when it comes to labeling.

Keep sandwich bags around for things like screws if you have to take apart a curtain rod or TV. Losing a simple screw can throw off the entire set-up. Label the sandwich bags as well according to what parts go to what.

If you do not want to waste your precious time writing down the name of the room, numbering the boxes is useful as well. Number in chronological order so that way you can easily tell when box seven doesn’t show up. Back to the checklist, if you are super organized, you can write what went inside each numbered box.

3. Forgetting to book a moving truck

Ladies and gentleman, it has happened before. You put it off again and again, then when it comes down to the last-minute, none are available. Remember, people are more likely to move during the summer so do not assume it is only you. Therefore, rent the truck a couple weeks in advance.

Furthermore, when renting a truck, you will need to present your license and a major credit card. No cards, no truck.

4. Thinking you have more time than you do

Procrastination is in a college student’s blood, so expect nothing less when it comes to moving day. When your move-in day is confirmed and set in stone, start packing at least a month in advance. This specially applies to those who will be going to school in the north. Since it will be summer, pack your winter clothes beforehand. That way you won’t have the issue of wanting to wear it, but it is packed away.

This also refers to the moving truck dilemma. Book it in advance. The safe thing to do is be early when marking off items across your checklist.

When you are rushed packing, that is when you get sloppy. Things are forgotten. Things get broken. A lot can go wrong. You might even realize you do not have enough boxes or bags to place all your stuff in.

5. Bringing too much

Over packing — we all do it. Before shoving everything you own into a box, consider if it will actually be worn/used. A good rule to go by, if you have not worn it in the last year, do not pack it. Same goes with any food you want to bring. Of course, you do not wear your food, but if you want to try out something new, now is not the time to overstock.

When you get to where you are going, there is such a thing as mail, or visiting home. So do not worry too much about packing everything. 

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