CONSIDER USING PROFESSIONALS
Using professional movers doesn’t have to break the bank. You simply need to be clear with your moving requirements, and know the right questions to ask. Weekday moves are usually a cheaper option than weekends, and hourly rates are not recommended due to variables and uncertainty often associated with a move. Professional packers might also be an option if your budget so allows. They are fast, efficient, can save you time and prevent pain and anguish (both physical and emotional).
Ensure that medications, personal hygiene and grooming products are packed into a separate box or backpack. Collect other necessities like phone chargers, basic food and beverage items, and pet supplies, and pack into another clearly labelled box. Finally, things like remote controls, batteries, and bed and couch legs should also have their own carton put aside. Consider taking these with you rather than leaving in charge of a removalist. You’d hate for these essentials to go missing.
Make sure that you measure every entrance, room, doorway and staircase in advance and clearly mark on a floorplan so there are no surprises. Remember also to consider the depth of skirting boards in your measurements. You may find that you need to disassemble furniture, enlist the help of a mechanical lift or even worse, find that your double-door fridge won’t fit in the new kitchen or king size bed doesn’t fit up the winding staircase!
CARTONS & WRAPPING SUPPLIES
Consider purchasing professional grade cartons designed specifically to fit and protect a range of household items, from clothes and bedding to glassware and crockery. Heavy duty cartons are ideal for heavier objects as well as fragile items due to their double-wide walls, and are a great stackable option. Make sure you fill any empty spaces with butchers paper or bubble wrap to prevent movement in transit, and avoid using newspaper as the ink can mark your belongings. Taking the time and effort to pack and arrange your items neatly and appropriately (for example, keeping like-items together), will not only maximise your carton space, but also ensure that they arrive at their destination in one piece.
Whatever it is, big or small, label it. Do not rely on your memory to remember the contents of each carton otherwise you’ll be rummaging through random boxes and undoing all your good work. Have a big black marker handy or even invest in a personal labelling machine (which can also be used for home organisation purposes once you’ve moved in).