4 Tips to Ensure your Packing Goes Smoothly
Relocating can be a harrowing and daunting task. First of all you have to deal with the realty side of moving (finding a new home, putting a security deposit on it and then finding someone to take your old property off your hands), and then you to turn your focus to the logistical side of actually moving home. Packing, cleaning, and sorting out transport all have to be dealt with. Packing, out of all the parts of the process of moving, is actually not the most stressful part. In fact after going through the rigmarole of finding a new home, packing might seem like a fun distraction. But, regardless of how stressful it can be, packing needs to be approach in an organised fashion, or the task can burry you if you leave it too late. Here are a few tips that will help you pack: 1) Make a scheduleLike with most things in life, packing becomes a much more manageable task if you schedule it properly, and then stick to that schedule. Packing also gives you the opportunity to delegate tasks, making it much more manageable for you personally. As soon as you know your move-out date you should be plan a schedule. Just a little bit each day will make the task of packing seem like a walk in the park. Starting with packing items that you don’t require daily access to and finishing with the items that you do require on a daily basis (such as kitchen utensils) is key to an efficient and well organised pack. 2) Source packing materialsYou will, needless to say, require vessels and materials to help you pack. When it comes to packing up your bits and bobs, you have two options: either using cardboard boxes or plastic crates. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but whichever one you decide to use you should be sure to source them as early as you can – preferably as soon as you know your move-out date. Cardboard boxes can generally be acquired for free from large supermarkets, but for plastic crates you will have to pay for them at any good office supply retailor. Along with boxes and crates, you will also need to get plenty of bubble-wrap and tape: bubble-wrap to ensure the protection of your good against damages during the move, and tape in order to provide extra structural integrity for cardboard boxes. 3) Make the weight of your packed boxes manageableThis means don’t overfill your boxes, or they will be too heavy to move. Instead of packing as few large boxes as possible, pack as many moderately sized boxes as you can, as these will be easier to load onto the transport vehicle, and then unload them again into your new home. 4) Estimate the volume of all your packed boxesThis doesn’t need to be an exact estimate, but you should be able to give yourself a rough estimate of the volume of all your packed belongs in your mind’s eye. Volume, for those of us who can’t remember our O level or GCSE maths, is height x width x depth. This isn’t important for packing per se, but it is important when it comes to transporting. If you know how many boxes you will roughly have to transport, you can gage what size vehicle you will need, ensuring that you don’t hire a vehicle that is either too big or too small. If it’s too big, you’ll be paying for transport space you simply do not need. If it is too small, then you will have to make multiple trips, which will end up costing you more money.