For those who are about to face the first packing and moving of their life, the big question is how and what to do? Here than are our top 10 packing and moving tips that will get you organized and make your entire move anxiety free.
Tip # 1 – Negotiate with the removalist and ask all the right questions
Negotiations are not just about the cost – find out what is included and what is not. What type of packing boxes will be supplied and their sizes. What packing material will be supplied (e.g. bubble wrap, packing tape, Styrofoam etc.
Tip # 2 - When to start packing
The “when” would depend on how big a home you have and how much help you can expect from your family members? The general formula that is prescribed is number of rooms multiplied by 1.5. So, if you have 5 rooms you start packing roughly a week before the actual move date. Of course, you won’t be spending the entire day packing. Most folks spend roughly half the day packing and the rest of the day is spent in continuing with their usual activity.
Tip # 3 Order of packing
Start with items that are rarely used – this would include things like stereo systems, books, extra coach or extra bed, items in the guest room, spare curtains and so on.
Tip # 4 Types of “Moving Boxes”
If you are planning to office relocations, call them up; complete the negotiations and request for the boxes. Generally speaking, boxes come in four sizes – 1.5, 3, 4.5 and 6 cubic foot. You should eyeball all the material you will be moving and arrive at a ballpark figure as to size of box required and how many of each size. Once you arrive at the figures, multiple each by 1.5 so you would theoretically have 50% more than you require. But when you finish packing you will probably find you’ve used all the boxes!
Tip # 5 Packing Material
Apart from the boxes that the Zoom Business Relocations will supply, you will also need self adhesive poly bags, bubble wraps, packing tape, Styrofoam balls, marker pens and labels.
Tip # 6 Correct labelling
Make sure your label says which room the items came from, who they belong to and the contents. Since you probably know which room they should be put into at the destination, insert that information at the very top of the label because that is what you would need to know immediately on its arriving at the destination.
If everything is handled systematically, packing and moving services are not a big deal at all – even for a large house.