Congratulations! You’re finally moving on and transitioning into a new chapter of your life in a new environment. Of course, you want a fresh start. But the haggardness and distress kick in when you realize there’s so much to consider. From choosing among a vast array of transportation options to strategizing the movement of certain fragile items to making sure you’re using the right moving supplies: the checklist never seems to end!
Moving out is not easy. If you’re feeling stressed, know what you’re feeling is valid. However, not all hope is lost! Through this article, you can be familiarized with the essentials for moving out, and it saves you a lot of anxiety and time!
Planner and Portfolio
If you were a hotel owner, you would need a master key to access every room. In the same way, if you want to manage everything well and gain access to all the aspects of moving out, you need some master key to keep everything in check. It is handy to have a planner where you can write details, information, and things to remember and a portfolio, which helps sort out important files, like leases, paperwork, and flyers.
You certainly don’t want to lose a contract or certain receipts. However, keeping papers can be tricky because these items can easily fly away due to their lightweight or even being torn or crumpled. Memorizing all the nitty gritty details related to the move is an unexpected thing to accomplish. Relieve yourself from these worries by being organized with a planner and portfolio.
As expected, there will be a lot of things you have to spend on while moving. But being the wise spender, you may come across great discounts at the mall or online. With so much spent on the things in your shopping cart, you may have a pile of receipts you need to account for.
To make sure your expenditures are not going beyond your budget and double-checking the finances a breeze, be sure to have a calculator around so that you can do computations precisely and quickly.
Resources At Home
Before purchasing many things in the hardware store or the supermarket, check what resources you have at home that can be used. Perhaps you have a durable box in the back of the storage room that can save you money, although tricky to retrieve.
Don’t be limited, either. You can always maximize the functionality of many items by going beyond their conventional purpose. For example, if you run out of boxes for placing items in, you might have a giant plastic pot that no longer houses any of your plants but has room for your other household items!
Moving Boxes and Containers
Speaking of boxes, if you don’t have enough of them or alternatives at home, then it’s time to consider buying them. There are many types of boxes and containers you can use. First, there are standard packing boxes, usually sturdy and rectangular. They come in different sizes to accommodate different needs. For example, there are standard, medium-sized boxes that can be used to move small appliances, clothes, and toys, but there are also small-sized boxes for storing fragile ornaments, cutlery, and accessories.
The second type of box you may want to use is specialty boxes, which, as its name suggests, have special purposes. For example, there are wardrobe boxes specifically for moving clothes that need to remain hung. Thirdly, you can use bags such as suitcases, travel, vacuum, trash, and mattress bags. These bags may also have pockets that help store smaller items. Last but not least are moving containers, large containers for moving bulky items, furniture, and antiques.
Wrapping and Cushioning Materials
Are you a fan of popping bubble wraps? Do you know the actual purpose it serves? Wrapping and cushioning materials, such as bubble wrappings, are used to ensure the safety of your things, especially fragile and glass-made items. They should cushion the items and fit them perfectly to prevent them from being mobilized and exposed to the risk of breaking through falls.
You can use bubble wrap, moving blankets, plastic wrap, foam cushioning, packing peanuts, and packing paper. If you’re unfamiliar with packing peanuts, these are perfect for layering delicate items such as electronics and artwork.
The finishing touch to the things you package is securing materials that ensure boxes and containers are sealed shut and the wrappings are fixed. Packing tape can be used to seal openings and reinforce the strength of boxes. However, do not wrap packing tape around painted or polished surfaces. Straps and ropes can also be utilized to bundle things close together.
You may also want to bring along tape dispensers, box cutters, scissors, and marking pens. Tape dispensers take away the extra hassle of cutting pieces of tape. It also marks the spot from where you last cut the tape, so you don’t have to struggle to look for its end the next time you need to use it. Make sure the marking pen you brought has permanent ink so that any labels you make will not fade or get wiped off during the moving process.
When in doubt and when flooded with millions of questions, the internet often has an answer. Find a quick fix for any of your problems by having good internet access. A reliable and stable connection will help by providing information and allowing you to communicate with important people, such as the moving company and contractors.
Calling cards and a directory of important people
Truly, no man is an island. You cannot completely move out without the help of other people. Those with expertise and who have been doing this job for a living are specially equipped to help people in their hopes of transferring to different living spaces. By having a directory or calling cards, you can easily contact them for assistance.
The items above can help you be organized about the moving process and also assure you that you have everything you need. There are also multiple resources in the form of books that can give you deeper and more comprehensive insights. As advised above, make use of the resources at hand to maximize. This saves a lot of money, prevents hassles and waste of time, and gives you peace of mind.