After your quest for a new home is over, you might think that it is time to kick back and relax as all you have to do now is move, right? Wrong. Actually packing and moving your different stuff can be the most overwhelming part of finding a new home. You need to make sure that you have packed everything in a neat way so that nothing will get damaged or worse, lost. You also need to put everything in a way that will allow you to use it immediately. Moving can also be a good time for you to go through your junk in case you need to throw away some things that have been cluttering your space and haven’t been used for centuries. In this article we offer the best moving tips once you have decided to move to a new home.1
Get rid of the stuff you don’t need
If you have some stuff that have been hiding in the basement or the attic for years and you haven’t used them then this means that you probably never will. Moving to a new home is a good time to get rid of these mysterious boxes. You need to access the area in your new home to make sure that your furniture fits. If there is a piece of furniture that you will not be able to use, then you are better off selling it. You can have a yard sale where you can sell all the stuff that you don’t need or you can notify your friends and family if someone is interested. Note that some stuff will be harder to go than others, for example many people wouldn’t want to buy a used bed or mattress and for this reason you might even consider donating some of the stuff that won’t be sold. You can also hire a junk removal service for stuff that you don’t need.
If you’re moving in the winter, here are some additional tips: Preparing for buying, selling, and moving during winter2
Box it all
Instead of having everything cluttering every room, make a packing station at your old home where you will have all your cardboard boxes and tape ready. Make sure that you pack things that will go into the same room into one box. This will make it easier for you when you reach your new home. There you can perfectly separate them. Write what is inside the box on the top and on the sides so that you can know what is inside even if your boxes are stacked on top of each other.3
Head to your truck
You can either rent a moving truck or you can hire the services of a moving company. Either way, you will have to compare the prices and measure them against your budget. If you are doing everything on your own, then you need at least 2 people to help you with moving everything. Make sure that you disassemble all the moving parts of your furniture, like the parts of a table or the lamps. This will make it easier for you to move. Glass objects should be wrapped in bubble wrap or packaging paper and further stacked in boxes making sure that nothing goes on top of those.4
Protect your furniture
Make sure that everything is covered in packaging paper and tape so that it doesn’t get damaged in the moving process. Load the furniture pieces from the heaviest to the lightest. Place the heaviest appliances like your fridge and your dryer and other heavy pieces of the furniture at the back of the moving truck. Use the boxes to build walls at the back of the truck. Use a T-stacking technique that is more stable and avoid stacking boxes of similar sizes on top of each other.
Next you need to load the longer items like shelves and the bed board by leaning them against the wall in the moving truck. When you are trying to pack your equipment like your TV or your PC it will be useful if you could find the original box that they came in. If this is not possible then you simply find a box that would fit. If you can’t find a box that fits, like when you are moving an LCD, you can simply cut a cardboard box into 2 and put the sides on the front and back of the TV. Use tape to secure it and make sure that it is placed in a way that it won’t be broken during the move.5
Unpack your stuff
Make sure that you have a plan before you start unpacking to where you are going to put everything. Once you have unloaded your truck make sure that you start moving the things that belong to different rooms into their places. Start by placing the big items and take it from there. Before you know it you will be enjoying your new home.