1. Communication is essential
No matter who is going to help you move: friends, family, coworkers or professional removals company, your communication with them must be clear and organized. In order to coordinate each person’s tasks and be on the same page with them, you need to have a clear idea of what everyone has to do.
Here are the things that the communication process involves:
• Talk to the agent of the moving company and specify the amount of packaging you can handle on your own, if there is any. Keep in mind that you should leave the big items for the movers to pack. This way you will avoid causing damage or hurting yourself in the process. Good packaging is key to risk-free transportation, so trust those who are trained, licensed and have the specific experience to do it.
• If you are moving on your own ensure that you order wheel carts, as well as other necessary moving equipment. You will need these for the large boxes and the heavy items.
• Make sure you have your toolbox out as you will need at least a screwdriver.
• If you are hiring a moving company by the time there are 3 weeks until the removal you should have received a list of deadlines and requirements to fill in with information: the number of boxes you have, large items and furniture, etc. If you add or subtract items, notify the agent. If there is a change in the date of the removal, notify the team immediately.
• With young children you need to be extra organized. Childcare can help you out a lot during the move, so make sure it is scheduled.
• In case that you have any miscommunication with gas, utilities or phone companies , contact them and ensure that the disconnection and new connection are scheduled as necessary.
• Any jewellery and other valuables you must carry with you during the move. Collect them and wrap and pack them carefully.
2. Discuss the Packing Strategies With Your Family
Getting closer to the actual move, you will need to organize your family for the packaging, which is not an easy task. Pack room by room and box by box and label the boxes accordingly. If you organize everyone to pack one or two rooms simultaneously you will ensure a faster process and a much smaller mess of boxes everywhere. This way you will have a bigger space for moving. Having an efficient packaging process is all about good organization.
3. Keep Packing
When it comes to a house removal, starting packing can never be too early. Even if you pack small amounts each day, it’s better than leaving everything for the last minute. Preparing the house for the movers is a long and tiresome process, but it is also a rewarding one.
It’s hard to decide what not to pack, but this task is all for you, not the movers. There are some philosophies when it comes to throwing away items that you don’t even use, or won’t miss, but in general, allow at least a couple of days to decide what to keep in your future home.
Avoid paying for packing and moving items you don’t really need. It takes time, money and efforts to move everything, so if you don’t use something anymore, simply give it to charity, sell it, or throw it away. It’s not that hard once you do it once. The key thing to understand is that if you are not using it now, you most probably won’t use it after you’ve moved either. By throwing away some items you will have lighter and fewer boxes and you will pay less.