Have you ever been embarrassed by someone inadvertently stumbling onto a personal item of yours in your home? If you haven’t, it can be a very awkward situation that, in the case of moving, could have been avoided if you had made sure to pack those items before your move day.
Some people like certain illnesses of theirs to remain private. If this is the case, be sure to have these medications packed, likely in a bag that is going with you so that you have them when it’s time to take them.
Some women find it a little uncomfortable to have their feminine products in the open for all to see. So these may be items that you’d want to have packed up, likely in a bag you’re taking with you.
You know those items that you hide in your sock drawer or between the mattress and the box spring of your bed? You know what kind of items I’m referring to. If you don’t want a mover to stumble upon these when they’re packing or moving your bed, make sure they’re packed before they’ve arrived. Pack these items in either a bag you’re taking with you or in a well secured box. You wouldn’t want the box to bust open and tumble the items all over the place or have the box left open and ruin all your hard work at hiding them.
If you do have an illicit drug you’re rather fond of, please remember to pack up any items pertaining to your habit. We would rather not be put in that situation and you probably would want to keep that as secret as possible due to its illegality.
Private or Racy Media
You may want to consider having your racy magazines and movie disks packed away also. This prevents your movers from seeing your preferences, if that would make you uncomfortable.
By Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
As the world has become a global village, businesses, education everything has become globalized. This has increased the number of people moving house, as sometimes families have to move because of their jobs and sometimes they have to do it because of education. Hence the number of house movers has increased and is even continuing to grow every day.
Moving home is a very stressful job which requires a lot of patience. Sometimes it can be very traumatic for an individual. However a little planning and organization can make the entire process easier and help you be less tensed and hassled.
Who will be doing it?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you will be moving by yourself or if you’ll hire a company. If you decide to outsource it, a little research about moving companies will be required. You need to research about the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their services. Their schedule should also be kept in mind that is you should hire them some months before you move. And if you have chosen to move by yourself then you need to check whether you have adequate transportation for relocating items or not.
Plan well in advance
Shifting can be made less stressful, if you organize your house a few days before starting the process. This will make the process smoother for you. Furniture removals and moving other big items is not that stressful as the removal of small items. Therefore packing stuff, especially small items, should be planned and performed with patience and care. Before packing, decide whether you will be taking all the stuff along with you or not. There is no sense in moving stuff you do not want in your new house. For this you should consider the size of your new house, the area of it, and the decor there. Along with this, moving house is a great opportunity to get rid of all the useless and old items that you have kept for years. You can donate them or throw them away; this will make your move lighter and packing quicker.
Pack as early as possible
Do not delay your packing till the last moment, start it as early as possible. Begin the packing with the stuff that won’t be required until you move such as books, pots, off-season clothing and stuff like that. Once you have packed these items in the moving boxes, stack them all in a separate room designated to these boxes only.
After packing the items in boxes, do not forget to label them. Label as per you convenience. Label the boxes according to the rooms they belong to or label them according to the items they carry. Making labels color-coded as per rooms and items can further customize labeling. This will require efficiency because labeling will not only make unpacking easy but it will also help in loading as it will indicate which box needs to be handled with due care and which can be loaded with ordinary care.
The essentials box
Make a separate box of essentials. Fill this box with all the necessary items that you will need to get through the first few days in your new house. This will eliminate the panic of unpacking all the boxes to find any of the items you need.
Transfer the utilities
Do not forget to turn all the utilities on in your new home. Make sure you have contacted the gas, electricity, telephone and cable companies and they are ready to install the connection, as all these utilities take time to connect. On the other hand, do not forget to turn off the utilities at your old house once you have left. Removals and storage, loading and unloading can all be made stress free if you get well prepared for the big day.
by Ayla Urwin-Toll, P. R. Representative
One of the most important steps in the moving process is to begin purging items that have been in your home and of little use or can be easily replaced in your new location. This can be done during the packing process or proceeding it.
Being ruthless in your purging can save you money. You'll need less packing supplies, labor, and space in a truck to get the job done. To do this, ask yourself questions. When was the last time I used this item? Is it still useful? Is it broken? If it has been a long time since you used it or if it is no longer useful you should consider discarding the item.
Everyone has items that they hold sentimental and important to them. To a certain extent, this is okay and understandable. You should avoid letting this get out of hand. For example, having over a dozen boxes each of art that your children made for you is excessive and should be avoided. We would recommend picking your absolute favorites and discarding the excess.
Stockpiling and Throwing a ‘Purge Party’
Some people stockpile items to prevent running out of items like soaps, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. This is a very useful tactic when you are living in a location for a significant amount of time, but can become a problem if you plan on moving. ‘How do I get rid of 15 packs of toilet paper? Or should I pay to have all of it moved?’ becomes your conundrum.
We recommend having what we call a ‘Purge Party.’ This is an event that you set up before your move solely for the purposes of getting rid of your stockpiled items and saying goodbye to your friends in the neighborhood. You can set up a raffle, game, or door prize of your excess items. You can also use the party to get rid of items that you haven’t used in a long time, but are still in working order.
With these tips we hope that you have some ideas in order to get rid of your excess items and have a much smoother move. Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment with your tips and tricks for purging your items.
By Guest Writer Ella Andrews
If you do everything by yourself including the packing and labeling of your possessions, and not with a professional team that makes the inventory and the labeling with encoding - then, check out the following tips and tricks you should know when labeling the removal boxes. There are plenty of advantages when everything is strictly organized and labeled. For example, when it's time for heavy lifting and loading the boxes in the moving van - you may not know how heavy the box is by just looking at it. You may also not remember what's inside the box and thus the risk from bent and broken items is quite an issue. Labeling the boxes becomes very handy. It gives you a perfect orientation even if all the boxes look just about the same.
Ella Andrews, Guest Contributor
The fragile items should be very carefully wrapped and protected. The electronic devices are even more vulnerable in some specific cases, such as moving in a rainy weather or in the wintertime. The distance for handling the removal boxes is important too, and the number of your helpers is not an exception. Take a look at the following important factors to keep in mind and advice to avoid breaking fragile objects during the move.
1) Spend more time for sorting and de-cluttering. This should take place at least a month before the moving day and yet it all depends on the volume and number of your possessions. If you move the biggest and heaviest objects from a three- or four- bedroom house, you will definitely need more time to sort wisely the biggest and heaviest objects from the fragile ones. By doing so, you get a better orientation about the true size and number of the removal boxes that you will need only for the fragile items. When everything is sorted in the one corner of the room - you can easily compile the moving checklist and organize the column with fragile items, as well as decide which protections to use for these fragile items.
2) For flat objects like mirrors, glass, plates, etc. They are easy to pack and they have some specific challenges to overcome. A great tip is to use big flat removal boxes with very sturdy bottoms from a thick cardboard or even from plastic. The glass or the porcelain plates, for example, can save plenty of space if piled one on top of another, but the box will also become very heavy. That's why the key is to choose the right size box, which can fit the right amount of flat glass objects, according to their size. Another great tip is to put a thin layer of something soft between each glass object. This will eliminate the risk from scratches or breaking the object due to the weight and the friction between two or more glass objects.
3) For objects with irregular shapes like porcelain cups, statues, decorative figures, etc. The choice of the right size box is essential, put aside these objects during the sorting of the fragile items. Each cup should be wrapped individually with a layer of bubble wraps or with a couple of layers of old newspaper, or with another soft material. If you hire a professional removal company for your move - they can give you special card boxes with holes and shelves exactly for the storage of cups and other glass objects with irregular shapes. However, if you do the packing by yourself - make sure to protect each item individually and then put them in one main box. Fill the void spaces with the leftovers of old newspapers, Styrofoam sheets, plastic bags and more.
4) For gigantic glass objects like windows and tabletops, porcelain vases and pots, marble counter-tops, flat TV screens, etc. These objects require some special care when packing them individually, as well as after loading them in the moving van. Attach edge protectors to the edges, which will protect the most vulnerable part of these items while handling and lifting throughout the route to the front door of the house. Second, you can en-wrap the flat glass objects with heavy-duty tape, which will strengthen the object against flexibility under tension or in a case of unwanted impacts. Third, en-wrap all electronic devices with plastic bags and seal them with tape, which will protect them from rain and spills. Fourth, handle the big and heavy objects with your helpers by hand, not by the easy way with handling straps.
Ayla Urwin-Toll P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Before any move it is a good idea to reduce the amount of stuff you have in your home. This prevents you from paying to move items you rarely use, broken items, and trash. The need to downsize doesn’t always come from getting rid of items like these though. Downsizing can also occur for financial reasons, moving in with a significant other, or simply from getting a smaller place in a more desirable part of town. Whatever the reason, I’m certain that you will find some of these tips for downsizing your home useful.
7. Donate or sell any items that are still in good shape, but won’t fit in the new place or you no longer want. Kids clothes and toys can be donated to orphanages and many items, including furniture, can be donated to organizations like Goodwill.
8. Do not take duplicates of any items you will not need! For example, you do not need table and glassware for a twenty-person dinner party if your new place can’t even fit twenty people.
9. There are many items in our homes that hold sentimental value, but I would suggest being choosy with which items you hold on to for these reasons. If the item has spent a long time in storage already, I would strongly recommend parting with it. If it is an item you frequently use or is a decoration for your home (as long as it doesn’t take up too much space) you can probably keep it.
It is my hope that the above rules will help you save money and make your move to your new place as easy as it can be. If you have any further advice or would like to say if any of the above advice has helped you, please leave a comment below. And as always, have a great move!
Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
The first and most important thing is to use your free time to consider all the options. Start with the organization at least a couple of months before the planed date for the move. This will give you enough time to do everything in advance, which is much better than hurrying in the last minute.
The organization may include a number of factors, which will help you with the choice of the right location. Factors, such as whether you move for school, or to see parents for the long holidays, are very important. Take into account your preferences for the arrangement of your new place – where are the connection points, the switches for the lights and the lights themselves, where is the best spot for a better Wi-Fi performance, etc.
Do some de-cluttering and sorting. Put aside all the useless objects that you’ve been hoarding over time. You don't want to pay for extra space and to get rid of them right after unloading the moving van. Empty all wardrobes, drawers, lofts and closets, while putting the clothes in pales, ready for packing. Donating to charity, selling by advertisement or to second-hand buyers are only a couple ways to get rid of the old clothes.
Search for a removal company in your region, as soon as you see the true scale and size of your possessions that you want to move to the new house. Scroll through the sites of the removal companies and request as many quotes as possible if you want to choose the best one that suites your needs. Ask which fees to pay, as well as whether the company makes any discounts if paying cash.
Choose the right boxes in terms of size, materials, protection amenities, etc. A great tip is to discuss this with the removal agency, because they may have rental, plastic or recyclable boxes, as well as help you with very useful advice to prevent breaking fragile or expensive items.
When moving quite big furniture – consider renting a bigger van with a mover. Choose the best moment for the move if you want to enjoy a smooth and trouble-less move. This moment is usually outside the big holidays when no one’s coming and going everywhere. The big and heavy items are difficult to handle, so another great tip is to call friends to provide assistance on the moving day. Or else, call two, three or more men with a van company – they are well trained and experienced in heavy lifting.
Make yourself a list with To-Do steps for the moving day, as well as inventory sheet/moving checklist that will help supervise the movers in their work. Such an inventory sheet will also help you in a myriad of other things, for example: labeling of the boxes, monitoring the condition of the objects, taking special notes, numbering the boxes, etc.
When it's time for packing - just follow the checklist and you can easily keep everything in order. Keep in mind that if you are doing the packing by yourself, the company is not liable for damages to your boxes. Deal with some partial packing and let the experienced movers do the difficult part.
There are plenty of important organizational activities, which should take place on moving day too. Supply your friends, helpers, and strongest family members with gloves for heavy lifting. Make a quick comprehensive tour around the house with the packing crew so they can see the volume and number of the packages they should handle. Inspect the route to the front door of the house and remove all the bumps and imperfections in the terrain.
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Ella Andrews, Guest Writer
Moving house is often feared by many, both for the psychological implications and the work to be done to complete the operation in time.
The best solution, in case you do not have the necessary help from your loved ones or when the objects to be moved are many, is to rely on a firm specializing in removals. One of the areas that require particular attention in terms of removals is the kitchen. The operation of dismantling, if you decide to proceed on your own with the kitchen removal, needs much time available, in addition to a certain familiarity with the job to be done. You will also need specific tools, such as drills, screwdrivers, and suitable wrenches. A moving company may help you deal with this.
If the furniture is modern, it is likely that some complex technologies have been used in the assembly, which means that a precise disassembly is necessary. But even those who have kitchen furniture of a certain value should consider the opportunity to rely on a moving company that can remove the kitchen without any problems, making sure that the value of the objects is carefully preserved. Considering the single objects, try also to think of the weight of them in order to avoid boxes that cannot be lifted and above all to decrease the risk of damaging anything. Given the fragility of items such as glasses and plates, a useful tip is to make use of bubble wrap; by using a couple of sheets as box protection before inserting any object you will avoid any possibility of damage. The plates, after being packed individually, should be placed in the boxes vertically; to prevent them from moving around, be careful to fill the horizontal volume available. If the box is not completely full, you should think of filling the space with quite small objects, like saucers, teapots or ornaments. Obviously, these must be individually wrapped. When done, close the container, putting the word ‘Fragile’ on it.
With regard to items such as glasses and cups, contrary to what takes place for the dishes, they will have to be inserted in the box by placing them in a horizontal position. Try to put the heaviest on the bottom and, if you need to stack multiple layers, remember to separate each of them with the bubble wrap. In the event that some bottles are to be moved, try to find boxes of medium size, wrap the objects in one or more sheets of bubble wrap and place them standing in the box. Turning to the pots, if they are different sizes it is possible to fit one inside the other but, in this case, remember to place a sheet of paper on the bottom of the previous pot so as to avert the danger of scratching the inside. Always try not to overdo the weight of the boxes, as this may cause problems especially when the entrance of the new home is far away from the street or if it is necessary to walk up some stairs before reaching the destination.
The important thing is that the boxes are filled to the edge. This will prevent dangerous movement of the contents. For users who are wondering how much it will cost to relocate a kitchen, the price of the service depends mainly on the number of boxes to be transported, the distance of the path between the two houses, the presence of an elevator, but also from the period in which the move needs to be made. This is an aspect that is often overlooked, but in reality, comparing the tariffs applied during different periods of the year, it appears that these increase in some months, when the demand is very high.
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Ayla P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Special care should always be given to items that may be sitting in storage for an extended period of time. Many hazards exist that can damage or destroy them. Moisture, dust, stains, rust, and insects, to name a few, can all be detrimental to your stored belongings. In this blog, I aim to reduce or possibly even eliminate the threat that these hazards pose to your possessions.
Items to Protect your Belongings
The short list below will help you to protect anything from clothing to furniture to appliances.
• Desiccant/silica gel- this absorbs moisture from the air.
• Cedar chips or balls- these repel insects.
• tarps, old (clean) bed sheets, or furniture covers- to protect from dust.
• motor oil- inhibits rust formation
• packing paper- to prevent damage/dust formation.
How to Use These Items
Desiccant: Any electronic device, cloth, or paper materials placed into long-term storage should be protected with desiccant. This can be easily done by placing silica gel packets inside a box or container that has these items stored inside. It is also a good idea to place a few larger desiccant containers around the walls of the storage unit. Desiccant can be easily purchased at Walmart, many hardware stores, or online.
Cedar Chips or Balls: These are a great alternative to traditional moth balls. They smell nice and they will not damage materials, as moth balls sometimes can. I suggest putting these inside small cloth bags, similar to what you would see used for potpourri (an example of these bags is shown on the left). Then place the bags in your containers or set them near any stored upholstered furniture.
Tarps, Old Sheets, Or Furniture Covers: It is very important to protect furniture from dust during long-term storage. Dust that is allowed to settle on your furniture can and will eventually stain it. I recommend purchasing slipcovers or covering furniture with tarps/old bedding. If you decide to use old bedding, be sure it is thoroughly washed because organic material (like your sweat or dead skin) will attract insects and other pests.
Motor Oil: First and foremost, any kitchen appliance should be thoroughly cleaned before going into storage. Leaving any food residue will cause pests to infest the storage unit. To protect your precleaned appliances from rust, use a very small amount of motor oil applied to a cloth and wipe off the exposed surfaces of the appliance. This is also a nifty way to prevent rust on yard tools, bicycles, or any other metal item.
Packing Paper: Fragile items should be wrapped in packing paper and put in boxes. Be sure to fill any empty spaces in the box with more crumpled paper to prevent items from shifting and the box from being crushed. Notice that I said packing paper and not newsprint. Newsprint's ink can often transfer to the surface of the item you are trying to pack over time. Remember to pack books flat to prevent damage to the spine. Records and plates should be packed on edge, wrapped in plenty of packing paper, and the box should also be lined with plenty of paper. Be sure to mark any fragile items as such on the outside of the box or container.
Feel free to leave comments down below, but try to keep the posts relevant to the blog. For Instance, if you have any ideas for a blog you would like to see written (on the topic of moving/relocation) or you have a question about a topic the blog has covered, leave a comment. Thank you for reading!
Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
#1 Use plastic wrap under bottle caps to prevent leakage of liquid items.
There aren't many things that would be as annoying as unpacking your toiletries only to discover that a bottle of hand lotion has leaked on everything! This life hack helps you avoid that kind of frustration and is done simply by removing the bottle cap, placing a small square of plastic wrap around the opening of the bottle, and replacing the cap.
#2 Use a white bar of soap or toothpaste to fill in nail holes.
This simple trick can help you to get that security deposit back! All you do is rub the bar soap into the hole until the hole is filled or press the toothpaste into the hole with a knife, spatula, etc. and allow it to dry. Ta-da! No more hole.
#3 Put Styrofoam plates between your ceramic ones to prevent them from breaking.
Putting Styrofoam plates between each ceramic will help prevent chipping or breaking by giving them a little extra cushioning. And remember to always stand dishes on edge inside boxes and pad the bottom of the box.
#4 Pickup wine or liquor boxes from grocery/convenience stores for packing up glass cups.
Liquor stores will often give these to you for free. They frequently have cardboard dividers in them so you can easily pack your fragile cups in there. If you have trouble finding these boxes or would rather order some we offer dish pack boxes. The boxes we offer can be found on our Packing Supplies page.
#5 Use toilet paper/paper towel rolls to wrap and store cords for your electronics.
I have mentioned this life hack before in my blog about packing electronics, but it is a useful trick and I thought it best to include it again here. Save up some of these rolls for about a week before you move. Remember to take a picture of how your electronics look plugged in and take it apart. Wrap up the cords and slide them into the rolls. You can label the rolls with information about where the cord came from and pack these into your moving boxes.
#6 Double box extremely fragile items like electronics.
If you have concerns about whether a fragile item will make the trip feel free to use this life hack. For screens and monitors, you may want to mask them in an 'X' to help prevent it from cracking. Then, wrap or pad the item with moving blankets, paper (or newsprint), or corrugated cardboard and put this into an appropriate sized box. Proceed to pad this box in one of the afore mentioned ways and put it into a slightly larger box. The boxes can be the original product box or you can purchase an appropriate box from us (we have television boxes).
#7 Books are easiest to pack into wheeled suitcases.
This life hack is extremely convenient. Often when packing books into a box, it is really easy to make the box to heavy. Not only is this a problem because the box is unwieldy, it may be too much weight for the box itself and can cause the box to break open. Using a wheeled suitcase to pack your books eliminates these issues as they are unlikely to break open if filled and can be wheeled to the truck instead of carried.
#8 Put 2 old fitted sheets on your mattress, one covering one side and the other over the other side.
If you're like me and didn't think to keep the packaging that your mattress came in, this life hack could be right up your alley. All it requires is two old fitted sheets and your mattress will have a decent amount of protection from stains and damage. As I said above, just put one on normally and flip the mattress over. Then put the other one on the other side, being sure to wrap it over the edges of the first. If you are looking to get extra protection for your mattress we offer mattress bags and boxes on our packing supplies page.
#9 If you need to pack a number of small items in a single box, line the box with a trash bag.
This life hack is a great preventative measure. If many small items are packed into a single box, it can make a box quite heavy. This measure prevents cleaning up if a box breaks open. The items in the box will be still contained within the bag, making clean up and repacking a breeze.
#10 If a dresser has only light-weight items, leave the items inside and wrap the drawers closed with plastic wrap or tape.
This life hack is a timesaver. Instead of folding, packing, and unpacking all of your clothing, leave anything light in the drawer and secure it closed with tape or plastic wrap. You can add extra padding like moving blankets, corrugated, etc. and have it loaded onto the truck.
#11 Mask off an 'X' on mirrors and glass picture frames to prevent them from breaking.
Masking off an 'X' on these fragile items can help to prevent shattering if there is any shifting of your belongings on the road. For extra protection we do offer mirror/picture boxes on our packing supplies page.
#12 Put screws in baggies and securely tape them to the furniture they came from.
Organization greatly reduces stress during a move. Putting in just a little more effort when you take your furniture apart by organizing your screws and making sure they are secured to the item that they came from can greatly reduce the time it takes for you or your mover to reassemble the furniture in your new place. When securing screws to the furniture do your best to attach them to a place where they won't get brushed off while the furniture is being moved.
#13 Use trash bags to pack clothing on hangers.
I have also mentioned this life hack before when discussing packing clothes and other personal belongings, but I thought I would include it here as well for your convenience. This packing method is best reserved for general, everyday clothing and is also a giant timesaver. All you do is puncture a moderate hole in the bottom of the bag, slip the clothing (still on hangers) through, grab the hangers through the hole, pull the bag down, and tie it off at the bottom. Any expensive or sentimental clothing you own may be better packed inside wardrobe boxes. We also offer wardrobe boxes on our packing supplies page.
#14 Remember to defrost any refrigerators or freezers and empty any gas or oil from lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc. at least 24 hrs. in advance of your move.
These are important things to remember as they can cost you on your moving day. If a fridge or freezer isn't properly defrosted ahead of time, the appliance can leak water all over inside your truck and damage your belongings. Oil and gas must also be drained from any tools or equipment you own. Any flammable liquids (propane, oil, gasoline, etc.) are dangerous to have loaded on a cargo truck because of the risk of static electricity ignition. With all of your items slightly shifting around on the truck it can build up a lot of static electricity. Also when renting a truck from any company you sign a waiver that states that you will not put any flammable liquids on their truck and it is a breach of contract for you or a mover to load it.
#15 Apartment management frequently have floor plans available online so you can plan ahead where you want your furniture to go in your new place.
Often when researching apartments you can find floor plans on an apartment manager's website. When you decide on a particular apartment, just print out the floor plan. You can use a pencil to draw out where you would like each piece of furniture to go. Sometimes floor plans even give the dimensions of each room making it easier to decide if a particular furnishing will fit in a spot.