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Top 6 Relocation Tips for Smart Movers

Whether it’s because of a new job, marriage, or any other reason, moving to a new home entails significant changes in your life. This can be an exciting time, but it can also become a bit stressful, especially if you have no idea how to prepare for it.
Luckily, there are many tips and tricks available online that you can use to make the task less daunting. To help you sift through the information faster, here are the six smart relocation tips the best international removal company recommends for a hassle-free move:

1.    Come up with a schedule
“Hindsight is 20/20.”
Cliché as it may be, this age-old adage offers wisdom you shouldn’t ignore, especially when it comes to relocation.
Having a bit of foresight will reduce the mistakes you make along the way considerably during a move. And planning a removal will go smoother if you have a schedule to guide you through the process.
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Begin with a list of the things you need to accomplish before, during, and after the relocation. Then, come up with a workable timetable that includes essential tasks without the need to be doing them in a rush.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to include minor tasks that can make a big difference, like defrosting, drying, and cleaning your refrigerator 24 to 48 hours prior to moving day. Though these tasks may seem insignificant, you will surely reap the benefits later.

2.    Purge Your Belongings
Packing is one of the most exhausting and challenging aspects of the move, especially if you’ve accumulated plenty of items over the years. So, why not make it easier for you and lessen the things you need to pack?
The solution here is simple: purge.
Get rid of items you don’t need or have the same use as another object you own. Identify the things you don’t want anymore and donate or even sell those items in a garage sale, if your time allows.
Not only does purging make your packing much more manageable, but it can also help result in a less cluttered new home.

3.    Get Expert Help
A common mistake people make during a relocation is trying to do it without professional help. Sure, you can ask your relatives and friends to pitch in with the packing and carrying of your belongings, but there’s one thing they cannot provide: expertise.
You see, professional removal companies are in the business of relocation because they have the experience and know-how in the efficient and safe transport of household items. In short, they know the best way to get your things in the truck and haul it to your new home damage-free.
They can also get the job done faster than DIY removal, even if you and your clan band together to get things done. Plus, they have insurance coverage.
The best part is, many professional removal companies can also assist in more than just the move itself. They also offer home search assistance, area orientation, settling in, and even expert packing and unpacking services.

4.    Pack Early
With a change as significant a move, you must remember that every minute counts. So, make sure that you start packing as soon as you confirm your relocation.
Of course, you have to be smart in doing this and start with the items you don’t use every day. Non-essential items include:
●    extra sheets
●    blankets
●    pillowcases
●    decorations
●    framed photographs
●    albums
●    non-basic dinnerware and cooking tools and equipment
You should also dedicate time each day to sort your belongings and place them in boxes to keep, donate, sell, or throw away.

5.    Pack to Unpack
Packing to unpack means organising your belongings in a way that will make getting them out of boxes and setting them where they belong in your new home easier.
Many efficient packing techniques can help you “pack to unpack,” some of which are listed below:
●    Keep the contents of your dresser drawers intact.
When packing your things in dresser drawers, it’s best not to take them out. Instead, pack the entire drawer into boxes. To make sure they don’t get thrown about during the move, secure the drawer with plastic wrap.
If you have a plastic dresser or one that’s quite light, you can also choose to bring it as is. Again, secure the entire thing with a plastic wrapper.

●    Don’t remove the hangers.
Unhanging, folding, boxing, and then hanging clothes again can take a lot of time and effort. Fortunately, you can reduce it by at least half by keeping your clothes in their hangers.
Simply wrap them in plastic (like what you did with your dresser drawers), put them in a box or keep them in the closet, and you’re good to go.

●    Colour-code your boxes per room.
Label your boxes to save time in finding items and unpacking them in the right room. You can also make packing more organised with a colour-coding system to identify which box goes where. This way, you won’t have to open every single box just to find what you’re looking for.

●    Snap pictures of the contents of each box.
Labelling boxes and listing down their contents are both great, but there’s one thing that tops both practices: taking pictures of the contents of each box.
It’s simple: put everything the box can hold and snap a photograph of what the inside looks like before sealing it up. This will give you an idea of the contents of your moving boxes.

●    Photograph the back of your appliances.
“Pictures speak a thousand words.” – This is very true in packing your appliances.
Snap a photograph of the back of your television before you remove all the cables attached to it to save time and effort in setting it up in your new home. No need to re-read your TV manual.

6.    Don’t Forget to Pack Your “First-Night-In” Bag or Box
Make sure to pack a “first-night-in” box or bag separate from the rest of your belongings. It should contain all the essentials items you will need during your first night in your new place. 
You can use a duffle bag, box, or suitcase for this purpose. Just make sure that the container you choose can hold everything you need for roughly two nights in your new home.
Some items to pack for your first night in include the following:
●    Important documents
●    Medications and first-aid kit
●    Chargers for your electronic devices
●    Basic toiletries
●    Change of clothes
●    Sheets and beddings
●    Enough dinnerware for your family
Your goal should be to know what you’ll need and where to find them without having to rummage through your boxes.

Make Relocating a Breeze
Relocating doesn’t need to be stressful. With planning and the right kind of help, you should be able to make this significant moment in your life more enjoyable and stress-free.

Author: Chiyako Ikeda    

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