Moving Tips

Top 10 Moving Tips


1. Develop a strategy, Bofore you pack your first box, come up with an organizational strategy.  Professional movers prefer packing room by room and keeping items room specific.  Although this may not be your strategy of choice, having a "method" is one of the biggest ways you can stay in control of your move.


2. Use the right tools.  Whether it's study packing tape or wardrobe boxes, having the right tools for the job will make things easier, faster, and more secure.


3. Purge.  Use the move as an opportunity to clear the decks.  Clean out those closets and get rid of what you don't need.  A move is a new biginning, so restart the clock on your clutter.


4. Label boxes.  Keep a manifest with a listing of important items.  Number or mark boxes and orient them top to bottom with an arrow.


5. Keep it light.  If you're moving things yourself or with the help of friends, remember to keep most boxes at 10 kilograms maximum.  Your back will thank you.


6. Get everything in writing.  From movers' contracts to insurance addendums, get everything locked down and in writing.  Althoug most movers are honest and reliable, don't assume that a smile and a handshake will protect you if things start going south.


7. Read the fine Print.  Movers are notorious for their unexpected challenges.  Play it safe by understanding what your options may be for temporany storage, potential delays and loss or damage.


8. Start Early.  It's never too soon to start sorting out your stuff and getting ready.  If you clean everything before moving there'll be less to do later.  The same goes for folding and stowing items neatly.  The more time you give yourself, the less stressed you'll feel too.


9. Create a checklist.  Moving isn't just about packing stuff.  Stopping the mail, arranging for a new driver's licence for an out of state move, and dozens of other details will have to be taken care of too.  To make sure you don't forget anything, make up a checklist or find a prepared generic on you can use.


10. Pack a necessary box or boxes.  These are the go-to boxes once you hit your destination and start settling in.  Fill them with things you're most likely to need first, like toiletries, sheets for the beds, pet food, whatever will be important in the first day or two at your new location.  This'll save you having to unpack boxes in a rush and burn valuable time hunting for paper platess and the coffeemaker.