Moving into a new place is a chore because there are so many things to consider. From planning to moving in, you will need to have a comprehensive step-by-step guide to minimise inconvenience. Here are some tips for you:
1. Preparing to move
Changing your address
Change your address two weeks prior to moving. You have to update your new address for your new utilities and cable to retain these services. Furthermore, your Paypal, credit cards, mail and magazine subscriptions require your new address. Otherwise, these will be mailed to your former home.
To update documents like your IC or driver’s license, you can go to your neighbourhood police post.
Minimising the stuff to bring over
You can sell your unwanted items online to earn some cash. Remember to do it at least a month before you move, since it takes quite awhile for buyers to respond to your items. This will also clear your inventory and make packing and moving so much easier.
For items that you can’t sell, consider giving them away instead – this is still better than having to pay for the disposal costs.
It is more convenient to engage movers to help you with the move. Professional movers will ensure that your items reach your new home without any damages. If you are not going to engage any movers, you may consider renting huge vehicles such as lorries and vans to reduce the number of trips. This will minimise inconvenience of travelling back and forth many times.
Collecting or Purchasing Boxes
Start collecting or purchasing disposable cardboard boxes. These boxes will be able to store your small items such as books and decorative items, making sure they are easy to transport. Furthermore, these boxes are relatively to carry too, killing two birds with a stone.
Putting together the essentials
Pack an overnight bag containing all your essentials such as toothbrush, face wash and clothes you will wear the next day. Trust me, you will be too tired to unpack everything once you have settled down in your new house. Hence, packing things that you need first in an overnight bag can save you the hassle of going through all the boxes for your essentials.
Be strategic in choice of storage containers
If you are a book lover, put all your books in beer boxes. Since beer boxes have handles, it will be easier and more convenient for you to carry. Also, wrap your breakables in clothing to save on bubble wrap, killing two birds with a stone. Furthermore, use your baskets, laundry bins, hampers and suitcases for clothes, minimising inconvenience by making a trip down to Decathlon to buy duffel bags.
Categorise your items accordingly such as clothes and toiletries and pack them into respective boxes. There are many ways in which you can group your items but make sure to label the boxes for easier reference. Take especial care to separate and label jeweller, or other related valuables. Home content insurance may not cover the full value of these items.
Proper labelling minimises the odds that things will go missing. You’ll also know what to check for, when the boxes arrive.
Use a thick permanent marker to label these boxes according to their categories, such as clothes and toys. Again, there are many ways to label so it really depends on how you want it. It will be easier if you include where do you want these boxes to be such as the master bedroom and living room. In addition, you can colour-code your label according to the weight of the boxes, such that you will not put a heavy box above a lighter box.
4. Do your post-moving checks
After moving in, open up your boxes and re-check for missing items right away (a week from now, you may not be able to go back to your old home and look for stuff). You’ll also need to make insurance claims for lost items quickly. If something is missing, the claims are usually denied if you report it late (a week or more after it’s lost).
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