Moving to a new house can be a challenging task and leave you stressed right up until the moment you have the keys to your new residence in your hand. Dealing with realtors and attorneys can be frustrating and time-consuming, and often out of your control. Therefore, it is wise to ensure things that are within your control run as smoothly as possible. Packing your belongings is a huge task, but you can take control and make it as easy as possible. Here are 5 great tips on how to pack up and move house successfully.
Get the Professionals In
Probably the simplest way to pack up your possessions for moving is to get a professional packing and removal company to do it for you. Look in your local paper or online for Edmonton movers who will pack your belongings for you and transport them to your new home.
Moving to a new house is a great excuse to eliminate belongings you no longer use or want. Before you begin packing, sort through your possessions and make three piles – one for stuff to be thrown in the garbage, one for things that can be taken to charity, and another for things to keep and pack.
Gather Packaging Materials
Once you have decided which items you wish to keep, calculate roughly how many boxes you will need. Look online for strong packing boxes to purchase, ask local stores if they have any going free, or ask friends and family to save any boxes they may have for you. Ensure the boxes are strong and sturdy. Gather bubble wrap and packaging paper from any deliveries you get or purchase a large roll of wrap from an online packaging company. Large laundry bags or Ikeas bags are great for transporting books, CDs, and DVDs, and they are easy to carry.
Manage Your Time
Start as early as you can when packing your belongings, as this will alleviate any stress which may result from leaving it all to the last minute. Pack up items such as Christmas decorations, special occasion glassware and tableware, and any items you will not be using before your move, first of all. While you are packing, make an inventory list of each box and its contents. Give each box and number and write it on the box and the inventory.
Ensure that you don’t make your packed boxes too heavy so that they do not collapse and they are easy to lift. Wrap breakables with plenty of bubble wrap or newspaper, and place any cushions, pillows, or towels in the boxes to provide extra padding.
Pack folded clothes into suitcases so that they can be immediately transferred to drawers when you get to the new home. Purchase some wardrobe boxes which allow your clothes to stay on hangers during the move and keep them from being creased.
On the day of the move, you should only have essentials to pack, which you have been using up until the last minute. Keep this box handy as you will need it when you get to the new house. This box should include a kettle, cups, towels, toilet paper, cutlery, toothpaste, bedding, and toiletries.