Planning is key; reduce expense, stress and allow for good use of time.
Working on paper:
Using ‘Master Bedroom’ as an example, consider the following:
What needs to be packed together?
e.g: Clothing, Ornaments, Jewellery, Cosmetics, Lighting, Artwork, Electronic equipment
What needs to be cleaned or laundered before the move (depending on transit time?
e.g: Window treatments, Duvets/ Pillows/Cushions
What needs to be donated or recycled?
Moving is the perfect time to downsize! Being forced to manage your possessions with money and time encourages de-cluttering.
What needs to be measured?
e.g: Bed, Wardrobes, Shelving, Other furniture. To fit through doorways and to plan its location in your new space.
Pack a suitcase as if you’re all going short holiday. These are items you will need for the first few days. This means that you don’t have to start rummaging through boxes!
e.g: some changes of clothing, toiletries, phone chargers, children’s storybooks, anything that will be needed in the first few days in the new space.
Create “Open Me First” boxes Pick one or two boxes per room as “Open Me First” boxes. Put in them the things you’ll need first at your new location. Then mark the sides of the boxes so you’ll know which ones are which.
Room-by-Room: Work on a room by room basis to keep things organised.
Labeling and organisation is key for efficient packing, keeping track of your items and ensuring safe passage of fragile goods.
Pack soft items around fragile items. Using space efficiently. There is a case to mix up items from the linen cupboard with items from the display cabinet!
Smaller items: When taking apart items to be moved, such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts securely to the underside of the item. You’ll always know where to look and save time putting things back together.
Packing Electronics: Extra care is recommended in packing electronics. We recommend using original packaging where available. Include manuals if you have them filed. If necessary record wiring details with digital camera. This is where it is worth investing in specialist packing materials.
Taping: Using packing tape, tape boxes along the seams where the flaps meet together. Then tape perpendicularly at the center of the first tape, forming a cross.
Box Inventory and Labeling
If you can be organised about packing, unpacking will be straightforward. Some clients require that we manage most aspects of the packing and moving process and others just want us to ‘load the boxes, drive and unload’. We adapt our service to individual clients. Feel free to discuss any of the above with us in more detail.