• Regard moving as an opportunity to get rid of belongings you no longer need. Consider making ”donate” and “sell” piles in each room for things you could do without.
• People have a tendency to keep outdated paperwork for a very long time. Realise that paper is very heavy. Do yourself a favour and get rid of any outdated documents prior to moving.
• Make sure you have a generous supply of packaging tape, scissors, markers and labels.
• Defrost your refrigerator in time for moving day.
• It’s useful to keep a notebook at hand to write down reminders.
• Get in touch with utility companies to verify service start dates at your new home.
Packing and labeling
• Only use professional moving boxes provided by your mover. This way your belongings will stay intact during the move.
• Pack every box with the heaviest items at the bottom.
• Start by packing rooms and items that you do not use on a daily basis.The guest room, basement or attic, may be a safe place to begin.
• Give dusty items a quick once-over as you are putting them in boxes. If will save you a lot of time when things are clean when you unpack them.
• Make sure to fill boxes completely. You can use packing material to fill the empty space. If you don’t, the boxes will crushed or damaged.
• Label boxes on all sides so you can see what it contains in a stack without having to move everything around.
• Clearly mark boxes containing fragile goods.
• Pack a suitcase with clothes and toiletries like you’re going on a trip for a few days.
• Compile a kit of items that you can use to clean the house before you leave. After cleaning your home, put it in the box that will be one of the first to unpack in your new home.
• When disassembling furniture, be sure to keep all screws and hardware in a sealable plastic bag. Tape it to the piece of furniture or take it with you.
• Assign a room to every box you pack. Avoid making miscellaneous because neither you nor the movers will know where to put it in your new home.
• Make sure to check every part of the property before you leave.
• Make sure to have priority boxes at hand that contain things you will need on the first day like cleaning supplies, pans, dishes, sheets and towels..
• Empty boxes take up a lot of space. As you are unpacking, break them down and pile them u in a central place to store, recycle or return to your mover.
• Refrain from unpacking a new box until you have finished the last box you were working on. Rooms full of half unpacked boxes will lead to chaos and frustration.
• Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance. This will ensure the movers know where to place each piece of furniture.
• After the movers have left, you are likely to rearrange the furniture. Furniture slides are an inexpensive way to move heavy pieces to new locations, without hurting your back.