Guideline to packing and moving in
1. Get started now. Don’t procrastinate; packing early will save you from a whole lot of stress down the line.
2. Organise pest control. Make sure your new house has been sprayed down before you move in so you don’t have to experience the hassle of doing it with all your furniture inside.
3. Decide on your packing needs. Choose which items you will pack and transport yourself versus what you will leave for your professional removalists.
4. Book your removalist. Professional removalists are normally booked out weeks in advance, so remember to book early, otherwise you may miss out on a date you wanted.
5. Source packing supplies. You should choose high quality moving boxes, bubble wrap, zip-lock bags and sticky tape to secure your items. In addition, ensure you have sharpies and coloured paper to label boxes.
6. Label and colour code everything. Create a labelling system using a colour code to designate which room each box belongs to and what content is inside. In addition, this will guide the removalists in placing the box in the designated room without you having to direct them, thus saving time and effort later on.
7. Prepare an inventory list. Detail how many boxes you’ve packed and what items are inside each, this reduce the chances of you losing something during this big transition.
8. Pack room by room. Start by packing items you would least use. Then keep all the packed boxes in their respective rooms until moving day so things are not mixed up.
9. Purge as you pack. Take this opportunity to sell, donate or throw out items you haven’t used in years. This will help eliminate clutter in your new home. In addition, start finishing off the food from your fridge and pantry to avoid waste.
10. Dismantle and flat pack. This will save you space so you can fit even more when transporting your goods. Remember to take a picture before dismantling so you know how each piece fits together when you want to reconstruct it in your new home.
11. Keep it light. Distribute weight in the boxes from heaviest at the bottom to lighter items on top. Also, cut handles into the side and make sure boxes are 20kg max as this will make carrying them both easier and safer. For collectively heavy items, such as books, pack them into a suitcase as rolling them around is easier than trying to carry them all at once.
12. Change your mailing address. Get this pesky chore out of the way before the move out.
13. Consider your first night. Make sure you have packed an overnight bag with linen, towels, change of clothes and toiletries for that first night when you’re probably too exhausted to unpack everything else.
14. Plan it out. Take pictures of your new home, then visualise and sketch out where you want your items to be positioned. This will be extra helpful if you are not there to place them yourself and are relying on someone else to do it for you.
15. Organise what to unpack. Give each box a number in terms of unpacking priority, so you can use set-up and use your essential items as soon as possible.