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Moving can be difficult at the best of times. Even when you have all hands on deck with friends and family to assist you it pays to have some strategies on hand that eases the entire process. To help you have an efficient stress-free moving day check out our 20 top tips for moving home:

1. Reward the Helpers

 

Many hands make light work! If you’re lucky enough to get some friends to help you move give them first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell, donate or get rid of, along with any leftover food or alcohol. To make things easier ensure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. If you can, split them up into shifts — one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.

2. Pack an Overnight Bag

 

After a hard day of moving into a new place, most likely you won’t feel like unpacking everything at once. Pack an overnight bag with all the essentials which will include a change of clothes and toiletries. You may also want to pack your laptop to avoid it being lost, damaged or stolen.

3. Wrap Breakables in Clothing

 

Save on bubble wrap by wrapping your dishes, glasses etc. into clean clothes. Plus, your packing your wardrobe at the same time. Two birds, one stone. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.

4. Label by Room

 

In addition to labelling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well. When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. Remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.

5. Colour-Code

 

Pick a colour for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.

6. Protecting Cosmetics and Toiletries

 

Great tips for traveling in general. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking. Additionally, to keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move, cover the openings with saran wrap, then putting the tops back on.

7. Pack your Plates Properly

 

To make your plates less likely to break during the move, when packing, pack your plates vertically like records rather than horizontally.

8. Use Stretch Wrapping

 

Get yourself some stretch wrapping to group items together and protect your stuff from getting scuffed and scratched.

9. Use Sandwich Bags for Small Parts

 

Use sandwich/zip lock bags to store the small parts of any items you have taken apart for the move like curtain rods, TV’s and flat-pack furniture. You can then tape them back to the item they correspond to.

10. Remember How Your Electronics Are Connected

 

The back of most TV’s are a snake pit of wires and connections. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where everything goes.

11. Use all your Bags and Baskets

 

Limit the amount of boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases storage by packing them with stuff! Wheeled suitcases are especially handy for heavy items like books.

12. Pack Your Closet into a Bag While Still On Hangers

 

The fastest way to pack up your hung up closet clothes is to put them directly into a bag while they are hung up. This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking.

13. Vacuum Clothes that are Out of Season

 

You won’t need those winter jackets in summer or that summer dress for winter. Vacuum seal these items to make them far easier to pack and able to go directly into storage.

14. Number your Boxes

 

To ensure that none are missing or stolen, number your boxes so you can account for them later. This also can be helpful for boxes with valuable items so they aren’t obviously inviting for thieves.

15. Hire Movers if You Have a Heap of Fragile Valuables

 

This can end up paying for itself as many professional movers come with insurance which your friends and family definitely don’t. If something breaks, you may will be compensated for that item through your insurance. So if you have a multitude of valuable but fragile items weigh up the pros and cons of hiring professional removalists.

16. Fill in Your Nail Holes with Soap

 

So, you have taken down all those picture frames and art pieces and now you’re left with a bunch of holes in the wall. Simply rub a bar of white soap (or whatever colour matches your wall) over the hole, and keep rubbing until the hole is completely filled in. Then, use a rag to wipe away all the excess soap.

17. Do One Last Grocery Shop

 

So you’re not throwing a bunch of food (and money) away when it’s time to move, do a final grocery shop a week or two before moving out. Plan out what you will actually need and minimise any waste.

18. Defrost Your Fridge

A task that is frequently overlooked until it’s too late. Remember to defrost and clean your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe away any liquid. This will avoid leaking any fridge juices on your stuff and having a smelly, wet fridge at your new place.

19. Renters, Take Photos

 

If you are renting your home make sure to take photos of your whole place once your stuff has been cleared out and you have cleaned up. This is an absolute must if you want to get your deposit back and not be dished out any undeserved cleaning and repair fees from difficult landlords and property managers.

20. Remember to Change Your Address

 

You should be changing your address at least two weeks before moving. The important stuff like utilities and internet should be done first but don’t forget the other things that use your current address. This could include your bank, government services, credit cards, Amazon and any other subscriptions plus all the other mail you receive.