Top 10 Moving Tips
1. Develop a strategy, Before you pack your first box, come up with an organised 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 sturdy 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 beginning, so restart the clock on your clutter.
4. Label boxes. Keep a log with a listing of important items. Number or mark boxes and place them in order of preference for moving.
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. Although most movers are honest and reliable, don't assume that a smile and a handshake will protect you if things go wrong.
7. Read the fine Print. Movers can have unexpected challenges. Play it safe by understanding what your options may be for potential delays, loss or damage and temporary storage.
8. Start Early. It's never too soon to sort out your items and get ready. If you clean everything before moving there will be less to do later. The more time you give yourself, the less stressed you'll feel.
9. Create a checklist. Moving isn't just about packing things. Redirecting the mail, a driver's licence address update, and many other details need to be taken care of. To ensure you don't forget anything, make a checklist.
10. Pack a necessary box or boxes. Necessary boxes are the go-to boxes once at your destination. Fill them with things you're most likely to need first, such as toiletries, furniture assembly tools, pet food, etc. Whatever is important in the first day or two at your new location.