Excuse me, I have to confess: I’ve relocated six times in the past three years. I really am not looking forward to the next move in a post covid world.
Each time I strive to be more organised than the previous time, I end up cramming weeks worth of belongings into boxes and making sure each box is labelled with everything it contains in Tetris. Unfortunately, no matter how I try to avoid it, the last-minute panic strikes and inevitably results in me packing whatever random stuff I can find into a box labelled ‘miscellaneous crap from everywhere’ written on the side or worse a question mark.
Once the move is complete, the first few days (or months if I’m busy) are frequently spent going through boxes and partially unpacking in search of missing bottle opener. enjoyable times
1. Be nice
Be nice to your removalist team. If you want a great job you’ll do a lot better being super kind 99% of the time. I always have a tray of refreshments and cookies for my movers and at the end of the job I’ll tip and/or get some beers for them to have after work.
Moving Tip: Be nice to your moving crew! Do your part by directing the moving crew where to place things, and as a kind gesture, you can offer drinks and/or snacks. Your crew will appreciate it! 😊🚚💙 #movingtips #Moving #MiniMoves #TeamMM #Householdgoods pic.twitter.com/qp5gpgBTtD
— MiniMoves, Inc. (@minimovess) June 30, 2021
2. Find a sitter for your pets
Moving house is very stressful for pets and often they are an after thought. We then wonder why they poop and pee all over the new house?
We recommend putting them in a cattery or finding a sitter for them.
What about pets on move day? 🐈
Moving can be particularly stressful for pets! We encourage you to find a pet-sitter or make sure you have a closed room in the home where they can stay undisturbed during your move.
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— Einstein Moving Company (@EinsteinMoving) July 2, 2021
3. Ask before you hire
If you’re preparing to hire movers, prepare a list of questions you plan to ask all the moving companies you’re considering. By doing this, you’ll be able to create a comparison between apples and apples, and your decision will be more clearer. When making a start list, be sure to consider whether or not the people on it match the requirements listed above. Continue with the following two questions:
- What kind of insurance coverage do you provide?
- What if my moving date needs to change?
- What guarantees do you offer as far as showing up and delivering the possessions as promised?
- Do you have at least two previous clients I can call for references?
- How many hours does it typically take you to do a move of this size?
With all the complexities of moving, you’ll want the most trustworthy and reliable movers. In our latest blog, you’ll learn about the best questions to ask a moving company before hiring them. ✅ #movingcompany #movingtips https://t.co/F2KPJOd3Kx pic.twitter.com/ukLris0vkp
— Ed Currie (@Ed_Currie) July 4, 2021
4. How long should you book in advance when moving?
Many wonder how long in advance they should hire a #movingcompany. It’s different for different types of moves. This will help you decide. #BayArea https://t.co/SPLGpQppxP #movingtips pic.twitter.com/fz0fYeWO2a— MagicMoving&Storage (@MagicMoving) June 28, 2021
5. Unpack your bathroom and kitchen first
5. Extra care when packing your silverware
-Small moving box
-Permanent black marker
1.Preparing the box begins with clearing a counter or table.
Make a clean, uncluttered location in which to pack and collect all of your goods. Seal the bottom of a small box with packing tape and line the interior bottom with crushed packing paper to make a sturdy container.
2. Make sure your silverware is clean and dry before using it.
Examine the dishwasher and the drying rack to ensure that you have everything you need. If any of the silverware is damp, make sure to thoroughly dry each item before packaging.
3. Organize all of the components into categories.
Begin with the flatware you use every day. Stack all of your forks together and wrap them in packing paper to keep them safe. Return the forks to their proper place in the silverware tray. Carry out this procedure with each category of cutlery, including salad forks, teaspoons, soup spoons, butter knives, knives, and other implements of the trade. If you are packing sterling silver pieces, they should never be stacked on top of one another or wrapped in plastic. Instead, separate the pieces and store them in a specific sterling silver box or in separate pouches made of sterling cloth, as appropriate.
Crushed paper should be placed in the free spots.
Crumpled paper should be wrapped securely over the curled packs of silverware to prevent them from shifting and moving about in the box.
5. Wrap the silverware tray in plastic wrap.
Place the silverware tray on top of the stack of packing paper and wrap it in multiple layers of paper to protect it from damage. To keep the packing paper in place, use packing tape. As an alternative, you can wrap the silverware tray in multiple layers of movers’ plastic wrap to keep the contents safe while transporting it.
6. Pack the silverware tray in its wrapping and place it in the moving box.
Place the tray in the box so that it is facing up. Don’t put it in on its side or with its face facing up.
7. Wrap the larger sections separately.
Serving spoons and cake servers, for example, will be too enormous to fit in the silverware tray. Wrap them separately in plastic wrap and arrange them on top of the serving platter.
8. Fill in any gaps that may exist.
Crushed paper can be used to fill in any gaps that remain.
9. Ensure that the box is closed and sealed.
Closing the box with tape and labelling the contents: ‘Kitchen: Silverware’ will suffice.
— Patrizia Pluchino (@patpluchi) July 1, 2021
6. Buy plenty of packing materials
6. Start packing your house up early!
I can’t say this enough, don’t put off packing, start really early. You can not predict the future, but like the other times you’ve moved something will happen, a lost pet, injury, illness, late work days… anything and you’ll find yourself still packing in a panic on moving day.
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7. Pack tape wastes time
How many times have you had to stop and spend minutes at a time to find the end of the masking tap?
Use a paper clip to stick to the end so you can find it fast and it works for tape machines as well
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8. Organise early
We are likely talking about your closests, garage and shed. You have crap everywhere piled up in towers!
Months before moving day take a day in the weekend to first throw away all the rubbish. Then buy some plastic tubs and pack it away. When moving day comes you wont even need to worry about it.
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