Congratulations on your new home! Now you need to move into your new home. Moving to a new home consists of a lot of works. It is time to get organized, save some money and make your move dead simple. You need to figure out in what ways you are going to pack and move your possessions without breaking your fragile heirlooms or your back. So, having some handy packing tricks and smart moving tips would be a significant aid in your moving process.
Random Smart Moving Tips to Make Moving a Breeze
1. Sort items by category
Your house consists of different types of items. Don’t mess up belongings altogether. Spend some time sorting through items by category. This is one of the best ways to get organized for a move. This will also make the packing process a lot easier and simpler.
2. Clean your new residence
Make a visit to your new residence and clean the bathroom and kitchen in your new residence before you move in.
3. Get rid of items
I am not saying that you need to get rid of everything before you. But you must get rid of those unused, unnecessary and surplus items. In this way, you will have less stuff to pack up and move. This will save you precious time, money and efforts.
4. Arrange a garage sale
Moving is an expensive affair. But you can lower the cost of your move by eliminating more unused and unnecessary items. Arranging a garage sale for old stuff is the best way to getting rid of those unnecessary things and junks. This will help you some extra cash.
5. Donate surplus items
If you have some surplus items such as old furniture, clothes, book, crockery set, etc then it would be a sensible decision to get rid of them before you move in your new residence. Donating items is a good way to get rid of surplus items.
6. Keep yourself entertained
While you are working on packing of your belongings, keep yourself entertained by playing your favorite music.
7. Find free moving boxes
Purchasing high quality moving boxes and packing materials can be an expensive affair. You might want to save money on your packing supplies. And there are some ways by which you can save a little cash and accumulate necessary boxes for free. Contact your local grocery stores, chemists or liquor shops for free boxes.
8. Purchase packing supplies in bulk
If you don’t find free boxes even after contacting your local grocery stores or chemists then you need to purchase the same. Consider buying boxes, labeling stickers and packaging tapes in bulk to save on per unit cost of each.
9. Purchase uniform sized boxes
Your house might consist of items of different sizes and shapes. Due to different shapes and sizes, items may have the requirements of boxes of different sizes and shapes. But try to purchase uniformly sized boxes as much as possible. If you pack smaller items in uniform-sized boxes or containers then it will easier to load and stack the boxes on the truck.
10. Keep the weight of a box reasonable
Don’t overload a box. Be careful not to make boxes too heavy to lift. Keep the weight of a box reasonable. Consider 20 km weight of each so that you can easily lift the same. By doing so, it will be easier to move and stack boxes on the truck.
11. Don’t pack heavy items like books in a large box
Books are heavier compared to their sizes. You should not pack such heavier items in a large box. If you pack books in a large box then it will be very difficult to move it.
Also Read: How To Pack Your Books While Relocating
12. Buy specialty boxes
Your house might contain some specialty items. Specialty boxes such as dish-pack boxes, wardrobe boxes, TV box, etc. These specialty boxes will make your life a lot easier. Check to see if you have original packing supplies for your electronics and appliances
13. Dismantle furniture first
Many people consider it a job to be done in the last. But it is not a good idea. It is a time-consuming process. So, you must ensure that you have enough time to handle furniture for moving. If possible, start dismantling furniture earlier. By dismantling furniture into pieces you can easily wrap, pack and prepare them for the move.
14. Gather extra packing materials to avoid last-minute hassles
Gather or buy extra packing materials to avoid the circumstance when you have a shortage of packing materials while doing the job. Make sure you have 20% extra packing materials than of actual requirements.
15. Create a moving-to-do list
Getting organized is key to a successful and smooth moving. There are a number of tasks to be accomplished before the move in. If you have a master-moving-to-do list then everything will be streamlined. For a better experience, put moving tasks on your calendar. For example, Monday for getting moving estimates, Tuesday for sorting through household items, Wednesday for making some necessary arrangements, Thursday for buying packing materials, Friday for furniture dismantling, and Saturday for packing stuff in boxes.
16. Make smart use of plenty of bubble wrap
Bubble wraps are protecting sheets which are designed for wrapping items. If you don’t want to see damages to your valuables and fragile items then make use of plenty of bubble wraps.
Also Read: Packing and moving tips for fragile items
17. Cancel subscriptions and memberships
If you are moving to a new city then make sure to cancel subscriptions and memberships, if you have any. You can cancel subscriptions of milk delivery, daily newspaper and monthly magazines.
18. Disconnect or transfer utilities
If it is possible to transfer utilities then make sure you have applied for transfer of your utilities in advance. If it is not possible then schedule disconnection for the same. You might like to disconnect utilities and services like cable, internet, telephone, electricity, gas connection, and so on.
19. Cancel, change or update your address for all accounts
You need to do the same well in advance for all your accounts such as utilities, subscriptions, memberships, banks, credit card issuer, insurance provider, clubs, gym, etc.
20. Take snaps of electronic devices and appliances before you unplug
It is a great idea to take a picture of electronic devices and appliances before unplugging and boxing up them. This will save you a lot of time when you set up again in your new residence.
21. Shop around for moving-related services
Don’t stick to the first moving company you meet first. Browse more for more options available. The more moving estimates you will have, the more chances you will save money on hiring professional moving services. Comparing multiple moving estimates of different potential packers and movers will help you figure out the value for money services for your move.
22. Use old blankets to wrap furniture pieces
Blankets are great for padding furniture pieces. This will protect your furniture against damages and scratches in transit.
23. Use old newspapers and blank newsprint papers to save on expensive wrapping sheets
If you have old newspapers then you can use the same to wrap some items from your household. They are far cheaper than bubble wraps and other professional-quality wrapping sheets. But keep in mind, old newspapers may leave an ugly imprint on your fine crockery set. So, make sure you don’t wrap such items in old newspapers. In this case, blank newsprint papers can be a great option.
24. Don’t wait to pack decorative and fragile items in the last
You know what, packing up decorative items and fragile items is the trickiest and most time-consuming task. They will take the most time, so having a bit of extra time to understand how to properly cushion and pack them is imperative. Therefore, pack up all your art, decors and fragile items well in advance, several weeks before you move.
25. Use liquor box for packing up glassware items
You can get the box from your local liquor shop for free. If shop owners are not in the mood of giving the boxes for free then can certainly give you at cheaper rates. Liquor boxes are good for packing up glassware as they have proper compartments where you can adjust your glassware items.
26. Don’t mix items from different rooms
Keep items from one room in boxes separate from the others. This will not only packing process easier but also make the unpacking process a lot easier.
27. Use zippered plastic bags to keep screws and bolts safely
While dismantling furniture chances are you may lose screws or bolts. To avoid such unpleasant circumstances, use zippered plastic bags to keep screws and bolts safe and organized. You can tape the bag with particular furniture.
28. Cut holes in the boxes for easy lifting
Lifting heavy boxes may trouble you. But you can make easier lifting of boxes by making holes in sides of boxes. Use a box cutter to make the holes.
29. Save money on padding supplies
Use soft items for padding and cushioning items. You can use old towels, linens, bedsheets, soft toys, socks, and other soft things which can provide great padding to your items.
30. Use colorful labels with appropriate tags
Use colorful labeling stickers to label all your boxes with appropriate tags. For example, if a box contains fragile items then mark the box with the tag FRAGILE – HANDLE WITH CARE.
31. Use Packers and Movers Cost Calculator to know moving charges
Moving can be an expensive affair. So you must know the approx. charges and rates for getting the required services on your move. You can know the same by using online Packers and Movers Cost Calculator.
32. Get rid of items movers won’t move
There can be some items in your home which are not allowed for transportation. More often than not, movers and packers will not show their interest to move the following hazardous and inflammable items.
- Cleaning solvents
- Pesticides and poisons
- Chemicals and acids
- Petrol, lamp oil and kerosene
- Gas and propane tanks
- Inverter batteries & car batteries
- Nail polish & thinner
- Paints & paint thinner
- Fire extinguisher
33. Also, start using up foods and cleaning supplies
Movers will also not move perishables and cleaning supplies. So, it would be a better idea to using up frozen food, perishables and cleaning supplies before transition day.
34. Prepare an essential box
Pack an essential box/bag with essential items like medicines, dishes, snacks, bottled water, towel, tissue papers, soap, shampoo, Handwash, a set of garments, toothbrush, toothpaste, books, mobile phones, tablets, etc.
35. Separate the footwear into categories
You might have different pairs of different types of footwear. Separate them into categories such as shoes, sports shoes, boots, running shoes, trainers, sandals, slippers, high-heels, etc. If you have extra pairs of shoes that you don’t use, sell or donate the same. Pack only clean and dry shoes. To avoid scratches and folding marks on your shoes, fill the space with crumpled papers.