With Christmas approaching, when moving, there are many people and family who have started packing up their household items to shift to a new place. If you are among one of those, then you know perhaps how tough and exhaustive it is to pack all those items which have filled up the space of your house for so many years. But by keeping in mind some useful tips and checking few things in advance you can make the task much easier.
The first thing to do when moving is to book a removal company date. The removal company is very important as it is they who actually shift your home from one place to another. Do not think that booking a removal company is as easy as booking a taxi. There are times when the companies are booked for months and weeks. So it is better to take your time out fix your date of shifting and then book a removal company for that day to do the job for you.
Do not book a removal company blindly, ask the company to provide you with a chart of the cost and what kind of services they will provide. Have the estimate done in advance to avoid any shock later.
This done the next major thing to be done is have all your important documents put together. Documents are the first thing that you should put in a safe place so that you do not forget to carry them. Also, save all important documents in your mail id draft. This will be very useful as you can have it from any of the computers.
Now remains the huge task of packing up your items. Start packing up your items much in advance to avoid hurry and missing out one or the other thing. Start packing as early as two months before the scheduled shifting date. Begin with the decorative pieces of your living room and other rooms. All those items which you do not need in every day should be packed first. Then go for the clothes and linens. Seek professional help to pack your furniture. And at last, pack your daily use items and utensils. For the last few days, you can buy some use and throw plates and glasses.
You should take special care to pack each and every item. While packing glass items and utensils, use newspapers, bubble rap and linens. You can also put to use soft face tissues which can dispose of very easily after wards. Check out that you have placed the items in a correct position and no two items are pressing against each other. You should look into it so that you do not reach the new place with all broken goods. It is better to use different and special cartons for different glass wares.
While packing your electric appliances and delicate machines like refrigerator and computer when moving, try to pack them in the cartons they arrived at your home in. Follow the manual and pack them accordingly in it. If you have disposed of the carton then put to use enough newspapers, linens, plastic and pillows. Pillows provide cushioning to the appliances and reduce the chances of any damage. For the washing machine, pack the hose pipe and other fittings in such a way that the machine should not suffer any scratch. Bind the chords of the CD players and microwaves and put them in a bag.
As for the plants, gift them to your neighbors and friends. It is not a good idea to carry plants with you because; in most of the cases they die in the new environment and climate. Most of the removal companies do not take the responsibility of plant pots, but you can still shift them at your own risk. But if you do so, then try to take them in such a way that they receive enough fresh air and sunlight.
Now after you have checked whether all your items have been neatly packed try to label them correctly and keep a note of the number of cartons you are sending with the shifting company. Make a note of which item is packed in which carton. This will not only help you to see whether there has been anything missing or not, but also to unpack the things at your new destination according to your need.
And the last thing to check before you move is to see whether you have the keys of all the locks wit you. Do not send the key bag with the luggage. Keep them with you.
With all these things moving will no more be a problem. Therefore, have a wonderful journey and wish that you enjoy your new place.