What to Keep in Mind When Packing to Move to a New House Part 1
28 Apr 2022
Packing for a big move is notoriously tricky and stressful. And without a doubt, moving is never easy for anyone. But there are some ways to lessen the burden. Having a solid plan in mind can save you from a host of issues ranging from forgetting valuable things to being unable to transport treasured furniture to your new house.
The key to a successful move that doesn’t leave you reeling with problems is to be prepared. As expert movers, we have gathered many tips over the years that you can use to help make your move easier.
Having decided to move, the first thing to contact the utility companies to inform them of your move date. Reporting to utility companies ensures that you won’t be charged for utilities in your old house after you move out and that there will be electricity and water in your new home the day you move in.
Securing a moving company to help with your move is crucial if you don’t plan on moving your furniture yourself. When hiring a moving company, it is essential to know whether they will pick up and transport your belongings or help pack your belongings. These factors will help you decide whether you need extra help to load your furniture.
These two steps are essential to calculating your budget for your move. But there are also some extra costs you should bear in mind. One is the cost of packing supplies, such as cardboard boxes and packing peanuts. Having these on hand is important, as you will need to pack your belongings in something and keep them safe.
The last part of your preparation is to plan how you will get yourself to your new house.
Clearing out stuff
Getting rid of stuff is just as time-consuming and tiring as packing. Take inventory of your belongings to decide what you want to get rid of and what you will take. It includes emptying your closets and storage spaces so you can assess everything you own. When you decide to get rid of things, consider donating them or selling them to a second-hand store instead of throwing them away.
Some people overcome commitment paralysis while deciding what to keep or throw away. If you also suffer from this, temporary storage is a good option. Put what you cannot decide on keeping or discarding in temporary storage. If you still haven’t taken some things out of storage after your move, you can get rid of them.
Most importantly, clear out your fridge and pantry. Eat what you can, perishables first, and dispose of the rest if you cannot donate or ship them to your new home.
Let’s continue the other costs in part 2! If you would like assistance with shipping or relocation support, contact your local Asian Tigers office or reach out to us via our online contact us.
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