When you’re planning to pack up and move, you might start out with the best intentions of getting it all done in a weekend or less. That may be possible if you’ve got a small apartment and only one carload’s worth of stuff. But for most people, moving is an exhausting marathon.
Getting Prepared for the Move
One of the first things you should do is create a moving checklist of what you need to do before the moving truck arrives. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure you’ve got all of your boxes packed and marked (see below).
Be sure to provide any removals professionals with all of the information they need regarding access to your home or apartment. Are there any steps that need to be taken? Are there any special considerations they need to know about? The more details they have, the better.
Thoroughly Pack Your Belongings
One of the biggest mistakes people make while packing is being too rushed to properly pack their belongings. Take plenty of time during this process so that nothing gets thrown in haphazardly.
Make sure you’ve used a marker to identify which box contains which item. This will help ensure that your things arrive in the right rooms once they reach their destination. It also helps make unpacking a whole lot easier!
Pack Your Essentials Separately
Label Boxes with "This End Up" Signs
To reduce the damage caused by shifting during transit, be sure to have boxes marked “this end up”. If your movers haven’t been provided with this information, quickly scribble it on each box as soon as possible before loading them into the truck.
Consider Dismantling & Taking Apart Bulky or Heavy Furniture
While bulky or heavy furniture may seem like a no-brainer to take apart, you’d be surprised how many people fail to do this. If you’re not taking apart your furniture before it’s loaded in the truck, make sure you’ve indicated which piece goes where. This reduces the risk of damage at the other end and ensures that it will be put together in an easier manner.