So you’ve finally made the step and bought a home. Whether it’s your first or your second one, the prospect of moving always brings along with it an avalanche of emotions: nostalgia for leaving your old home, excitement to move into your new one, and dread at the thought of packing up all your belongings and moving them from one house to another.
It’s not as simple as packing up to go on holiday or moving your things from your winter to your summer residence. You have to pack everything. And we do mean EVERY THING (including that drawer full of rubber bands, paper clips, and dried up pens). Never fear, CENTURY 21 is here to give you some helpful tips and tricks.
This might be obvious but it’s easy to lose sight of when you’re busy taking care of the paper work and other important details. However, packing up a whole house is no small feat so you should think ahead enough to make sure you manage to get everything and you’re not scrambling at the last minute to pack your remaining possessions. We suggest starting 2 months ahead if you have a big house, and a month before for a smaller house.
Pack One Room at a Time
The most efficient way to make sure you don’t forget anything is to focus on one room at a time and give it a thorough go-through for anything you may have missed in the nooks and crannies. If you do this, you will be more organised and you’ll know exactly that the items of the room are in one set of boxes.
Another helpful tip which you can do while you’re working on the above is to colour-code. For example, the kitchen will be given a red colour, the bathroom blue, the bedroom green, and so on. Once you’ve packed up a whole room you can stick a coloured piece of paper, or else write directly in different ink on the boxes. When you get to your new home you’ll know that all the red-marked boxes will need to go in the kitchen, and there will be no need to open half of them before you find out that pesky whisk.
Out with the Old
While you’re packing up all you own it’s a good idea to get rid of anything which you don’t need. This way, you won’t be taking a bunch of useless clutter to the new house and you’ll start fresh. If you find it hard to throw things in the bin, then hold a garage sale, sell your items on Facebook pages, or put them up online on websites which sell second hand things.
Protect your Goods
This might be another obvious one but it’s still worth mentioning. Wrap your breakable items in your clothes so they’re protected during the move (and you’ll be packing your clothes too – talk about a bonus!). Fill in any gaps between plates and glasses and other fragile items by stuffing them with newspaper, bubble wrap, or pages from old magazines.
…and we mean of everything. If you have a placement of items which you’re happy with and wish to recreate in your new pad, then take a photo for reference. The same thing goes for wires and cables which you are going to pull out when moving your TV and electronics (colour-coding the wires and sockets helps here too). More importantly, take pictures of anything fragile and dear to you so that if you’re using movers to help you and something breaks, you will have evidence that the item was in good shape before the move.
Before moving make sure that you’ve eaten most of the food you have in your cupboards. Make your last trip to the supermarket about 2 weeks before the move, and order new items to come in the day after you move into your new house. You won’t have time to go out shopping and better yet, you won’t need to transport groceries from one place to the next. Nonetheless, make sure you know where the closest convenience store is for basic fresh things like bread and milk.
From the people at CENTURY 21, happy moving!