Atleast 10 Awesome Moving & Packing Tips

Atleast 10 Awesome Moving & Packing Tips

Packing up your entire life is never a fun task, but like anything else, one bite at a time and you will devour it all. Here’s how to move like a pro:
1. Pack one room at a time, label and seal each box
Use painter’s tape to label your items. It doesn’t damage furniture, it’s easy to write on and it won’t fly away like post-it notes. Box things per room or label what you want to keep, donate and what to sell. Sort your clothes & linens in Keep, Donate and Sell piles. Use those brown-paper leaf bags to pack all our soft goods like clothes and linens. They’re awesome- These bags can be written on, look better and are stronger than garbage bags and can be taped up too. And if you have a yard, you can reuse them for leaves! Keep like items together and pack them by which room they’re going into.
2. Make up a Moving KIT for the day of the move (a bankers box is a good size):
  • 2 rolls of toilet paper
  • Stash $20-40 in a centre of one of the toilet paper tubes for emergency pizza delivery or grocery shopping
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • Painter’s tape
  • Cleaning products
  • Paper, a black marker and a pen
  • A drill (cordless preferred – fully charged, batteries & charger)
  • A hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • A pair of pliers and/or a adjustable wrench
  • Assorted screwdriver bits and drill bits
  • 2-3 box cutting knives
  • A flashlight
  • A few candles and a lighter (honestly… you never know!)
  • 6-10 light bulbs
  • Picture hooks and nails
  • Animal or people treats to keep everyone’s blood sugar in check
  • Big bottles of water (1 per person) & a few small bottles of booze for later
  • Largely label each room and tape signs (like “John’s bedroom”) to each door so the movers can easily bring “john’s” boxes to the right room without having to ask about each box and piece of furniture.
3. Use sheets, pillowcases, towels, and clothing to wrap your valuables instead of wasting bubble wrap and tissue.
4. Put remote controls in Ziploc bags and tape to the back of their matching electronics with painter’s tape (If you just tape to the electronic device, you might have sticky remote controls and will hear endless swearing once you want to use them.)
5. Put screws and other hardware in Ziploc bags and tape to back or inside a drawer of furniture that has been disassembled.
6. How to pack artwork: Lay a blanket (not a precious one) on the floor, add a canvas fold over on the sheet, add the next piece of art until your blanket is ‘full’.  Secure with painters tape and label.
7. Reassess your insurance
Get your heirlooms and valuables appraised and added to the policy to avoid any sticky situations when you claim insurance on a forty thousand dollar painting when the rest of your stuff is worth two thousand dollars. Double check to see if you have an “at value” replacement policy or “new-for-old” policy.
Most insurance companies will insure you at the new house and the old house but not while it’s in transit. Moving companies will give you the option of insuring your goods while they are moving them. Remember if you’re buying a home you need to insure the new house from possession date (it doesn’t hurt to do have it start the day before), not the moving date.
8. Forward your mail!
Make a list of all the people and places you need to send out change of address to and don’t forget to forward your mail for at least 6 months – I like to forward it for one year for good measure.
9. When you get to the new place: 
Clean! It doesn’t matter how clean the previous owners seems to be you can always mop, and wipe down all surfaces before you move in. Lights, fridge, hot water, bed:
  • Check the lights are working before it gets dark and you realize the previous owners took all the bulbs with them.
  • Check the hot water heater and turn it on if it’s not already — not at midnight when you NEED a hot shower.
  • Plug in the fridge as soon as you get there. It takes time for it to reach temperature.
  • Get your bed assembled and ready especially when moving with kids — they need to have their beds- even if it’s a ‘dressed’ mattress on the floor, that’s better than no mattress at all!
10. DON’T unpack everything. Unpack what you use, as you use it. I personally don’t like living out of boxes, but it also gives you the time to get your day-to-day life back in order. Get into a routine — get your clothes and other essential unpacked first. Make your kids comfortable and get them set up. Meet your neighbours by asking when garbage day is. That’s an easy way to check them out.
11. DO a little research beforehand on where the nearest grocery store is, drug store and when they close so when you’re in the area, you can send someone to get you coffee!  Safe moving!
2017-01-11T18:06:12+00:00By |Blog Postings|0 Comments

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