Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Moving to a new address: essentials

The contracts have been signed and the keys handed over, now it’s time to move. There are a couple of ways you can do this; one is to hire a moving company and the other is to do it on your own - with the help of family and friends.

We all know enough to wrap breakables in paper to help protect them, but you can also use bubble wrap or anti-static foam sheets.

The second option is usually how many of us choose to go. While it has the clear advantage of being much more affordable - it is generally known that friends and family take pizza, chips, and soda as fair compensation for moving services - but it’s not as easy as it sounds, especially when you don’t do enough prep work. 

Prep work: packing supplies

Whether you’re moving a couple of blocks over or to a new city altogether, the preparation is the same.  You have to pack up everything you own and do the reverse once you get to your new place. Of course, the difficulties you face will be directly proportional to the number of stuff you own and plan to bring with you. 

To make the process go as smoothly as possible, map out a plan with your preparations. Before moving day arrives, get the following supplies together: 

  • Boxes- get assorted sizes to accommodate all sorts of things from kitchen supplies to your comic book collection. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to boxes for packing. It’s best to leave the big boxes for voluminous but light items like pillows and beddings. Loosely packed boxes are a no-no; this means items within can shift, crash into each other, and leave the box unbalanced. Fill in the space with towels or clothing.  Boxing things that belong to the same room or area makes finding and unpacking them later quicker.
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  • Packing tape- use packing tape, masking tape, duct tape, or any kind of tape that’s about 2” wide to seal your boxes. Seal all the bottom edges and double tape when necessary or if you’re putting in heavier items. Don’t scrimp on tape. Aside from sealing, it can help support the box in carrying the weight of the items within. Throw in a handheld tape dispenser while you’re at it. Don’t purchase the expensive type if you have no use for it later. There are plenty of cheap plastic ones that can get the job done just as well.
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  • Markers- label all your boxes so you know which goes where. If you have several boxes for a certain room, add a few lines describing the contents so you won’t have to go through each box to quickly find what you’re looking for.
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  • Box cutters and scissors
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  • Bubble wrap and other padding materials- we all know enough to wrap breakables in paper to help protect them but you can also use bubble wrap or anti-static foam sheets. Re-use padded envelopes and foam peanuts - the loose bits of foam used for packaging filler - for delicate items or buy bubble wrap, kraft paper or foam sheets by the meter for a few items, or by the roll to save on cost especially if you have lots to pack.
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  • Box master list- create a master list of boxes so you can track them easily between your old place and the new one. If you have four boxes marked down for the living room then you should expect four when you unload the boxes in your home.  

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