Preparing for your move

Prior to Packing

This step is usually overlooked by many people. It is essential to have an area where you can launch your packing progress without interruption and definitely without interfering with the regular routines within your household. Another thing to consider is if you have children, elderly or disabled people in your home, this area has to be either secure enough so that entry can be obstructed or safe so that no objects can fall on a person, things can be tripped over or dangerous objects or items be interfered with. Above all safety has to be the main priority, then security and convenience. Then follow the moving tips for preparation below:

  • Gather all needed materials
  • Choose a big work type area to deal with cartons of all sizes
  • Create a protected work surface, preferably an old table that is strong, covered with a plastic sheet or an old bed sheet
  • Use a large and old tin can to store scissors, packing tape, packing string and markers in
  • Use one corner near the table for neat stacks of packing paper, old newspaper and bags of Styrofoam nuggets/bubble wrap

Final Moving Tips Preparation List

Your workspace and materials are in place, but you are not quite ready yet. Use the following as your method or plan in preparing for your move:

  • Pack one room and then move onto another
  • Pack the least used rooms first
  • Leave bathrooms and bedrooms until last
  • Preferable pack rooms from the top of your home to the bottom – this makes it easier when moving your things into your new home
  • Start packing 3 months ahead if possible
  • Divide belongings into four sections in each room – to be moved by movers, to be moved by you, to be donated and to throw out
  • In the workspace, separate packed things to be moved by you from the ones for the movers
  • Dispose of all garbage each day
  • Take donated items to charity shops or hold a yard sale every weekend to sell worthwhile things
  • Pack a few or more boxes daily
  • Mark every box according to its room/box #
  • List each packed box room/box # on an inventory sheet with a brief description of the contents and if it is for the movers or you to handle
  • Make a secondary copy of your inventory list for the movers
  • Have a commentary or notes section on the inventory list for details about box conditions, if fragile or special instructions
  • Double check your have sufficient packing materials – do not throw out or recycle newspapers, but keep them back for packing even if you have too much
  • Check all boxes are properly secured with packing tape, especially that the bottoms can take the contents’ weight without breaking
  • Allow a maximum weight of only 50lbs/box
  • Pack heavy items at the bottom
  • Pack lighter items at the top
  • Small boxes = heavy contents
  • Large boxes = light contents

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