Moving to a new home can be both daunting and exciting. While you may look forward to living in your new place, the packing and removal tasks can feel mammoth. Here are some practical tips to help reduce things to a manageable size.
Choosing a Truck Capacity
Whether you're moving the contents of a one-bedroom unit or a large household, you'll need to know what truck size you'll require. Two trips in a smaller truck will generally cost more than one trip in a large one. Some websites have a calculator where you can list your items, and the calculator will come up with what size truck you'll require. Underestimating how many things you have can cost more, so be as accurate as possible. In any case, companies can give estimates based on the number of rooms and furniture.
Packing Your Stuff
Remember that more stuff will cost more to transport. So it pays to be organised. Well before the removal day, go through your place one room at a time. Throw out any clutter, things you don't really want and clothes you don't wear. In fact, the moving process is the ideal time to declutter. You'll need ample time to organise donating some items to charity.
Mark each storage box clearly with its contents, and label the package as 'fragile' if necessary. Use the original packaging if you have it for any technology, such as computers or TVs. You'll feel so much calmer on removal day if you're organised and in control.
Keep Pets and Children Safe
Ensure you keep pets and children safely out of the area when the removalists arrive. Otherwise, a pet could cause someone to trip, and a piece of furniture could even be dropped on them. The removalists are also in danger of being injured if they stumble. Additionally, keep your children safe. You could have someone babysit them or send them to child care or a friend's house if they're older.
Make Access Easy
The removalists don't know your house like you do and the various ways in and out. Thus, before they arrive, measure the widths of the doorways and consider alternate paths to carry large items. For example, if you have a narrow hallway, the back door may provide a better route. The removalist can work out what's best, but you can help with accurate measurements. Also, remove rugs that they might slip on and open all doors for the furniture removal process.Share
7 January 2022
I'm going on a year of foreign exchange, so I am moving all of my stuff into a storage unit until I get back so I can save money on rent. I don't have much money so I am trying to do this for as little money as possible as I want to make sure that I know the best way to pack things to save space and get the smallest possible unit. This blog has some of the tricks that I have picked up in packing my household in the most space-efficient way and should be useful for anyone else packing up a household for storage.