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DIY Packing Tips and Checklist for Moving House

Whether you’re moving to a new state or just moving to a new area within your current city, packing and moving house can be a time-consuming, as well as energy and resource-draining chore. If you are planning to do the self-packing, then knowing some nifty DIY packing tips that would result in saving a lot of time, money, and effort.

Fig.1 - Moving Checklist.

Here are some great DIY removalist packing tips that you should keep in mind while packing up your things for a move.

Start Your Packing Well in Advance

There is nothing worse than last-minute packing. It leads to a lot of complications, from misplaced items to broken valuables. To avoid such unnecessary mishaps, start packing early. Packing up our homes is usually underestimated. It is not as simple as throwing everything in boxes and moving them. So start your packing at least six weeks before moving day.

Buy Packing Supplies in Bulk

Buy packing supplies in bulk from a wholesale store to save money. Things you’ll need include boxes, scotch tape, bubble wrap, markers, sticky notes (you never know when they’ll come in handy) and zip-lock bags (to store nuts and bolts from your furniture). Buy more boxes than you think you’ll need. There will always be a need for an extra box, no matter how meticulously you plan your move. Do not skimp on buying the firm, good-quality boxes. If you are tight on cash, you can ask your local supermarket for some spare boxes, but be warned that the boxes that they provide might not be very strong, definitely not as strong as new, unused boxes. One popular trend in DIY packing is to use garbage bags instead of boxes to pack things. While it is a great idea (all you have to do is throw things in garbage bags!), there is also a lot of room for accidents. As we all know, garbage bags are prone to tears, and if you pack it with items with sharp edges, you are just asking for trouble. If you have to use garbage bags, use them only for packing your clothes and nothing else.

Pack Non-Essential Items First

When you start packing, start off with the non-essential items first. This includes things stored in the attic, kitchen gadgets and utensils that you hardly use, clothes that you won’t need in the weeks to come and so on. Take care to pack fragile items with care. Use bubble wrap and old clothes to wrap them up to prevent breakage. Another tip is to make sure they are snugly packed in the box, with little to no room for them to be tossed around during transportation.

Label Your Boxes

As and when you pack the boxes, label them. And by the label, we don’t mean stick a “Fragile, handle with care’’ sticker on them. No, what we mean is use a marker to write down what the box contains, which room it belongs in, and any other information that will make it easy for the movers to know where to put the box in the new house.

Pack the boxes according to which room they will go in. So if it’s the living room, all the things that belong in the living room will go into a box. Doing this will make unpacking a breeze, as all you have to do is take each box to its respective room and unpack.

Of course, Purge

Now is the time to accumulate things that you don’t use or need. Don’t go soft and hoard stuff, be practical and purge. Give things to charity or try selling them online. We tend to accumulate a lot of junk over the years, so moving house is the best time to get rid of them. Also, think of it this way, the lesser things you have, the easier your move will be.

Pack an Essentials Box

Pack an essentials box with all the things that you’ll need to use on the night of your move to the new house. This will include things such as your phone charger, a set of nightclothes for you to sleep in, your toiletries, some basic kitchen gadgets and utensils such as a coffee mug, coffee machine, toaster, a bowl, a couple of spoons and so on.

Have A Folder to Store All the Papers

From the receipt from your moving company to the rental agreement, you will be accumulating a lot of papers during the move. Having a folder dedicated to all these important papers will make sure you don’t have to do an extensive search every time you need to refer to any of them. Also, make a soft copy of all the important papers and documents. Even if you happen to misplace them, you will have the soft copy to fall back on.

Have A Detailed Checklist

You need to prepare a detailed checklist. Have a couple of copies made and hand it over to your partner/spouse as well. Here’s what the checklist needs to include:

  • Sort out utilities: Transfer or set up utility services for your new house. Services to be taken care of will include pay TV, telephone, Internet, gas, and electricity.
  • Notify People About Your Change of Address: From your workplace to your neighbours, bank, and the post office, you need to notify people about your change of address. This will make your transition smoother. Don’t forget to inform any magazine or newspaper subscriptions about your change of address as well.
  • Schedule A Moving Company: At least six weeks prior your move, start researching moving companies. Call up and ask for price quotes and choose one that fits your budget. Book the moving company and set up a date for the move.
  • Track Your Expenses: It is always a good idea to track your expenses. Keep tracking on your expenses will help you budget and make wise decisions with your money.

DIY packing can be a scary prospect, especially if you haven’t moved before. But with some careful planning, you can tackle the task with minimum disruption. Go in with a clear, focused mind, relying on your checklist to keep you organised. Who knows, you might even find out that you have a knack for it. Have fun packing and moving!

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