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Organisational tips for a stress-free move

Few things are as stressful as moving. It doesn’t matter whether it is across the road or across the country, packing up your home and moving from one house to another can be a very taxing experience.

Adrian Goslett, regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa says that there are a few steps you can take to make the whole moving process as organised and hassle-free as possible.

Keep record

Whether you decide to make use of a moving company or not, having a detailed inventory will only make things easier for you.

Most moving companies require an inventory of household items before they can quote you for their services. You will therefore need to compile a list of all your possessions so that the moving company can determine the amount of space and time required for the move. “Having an inventory with the number of boxes and content of each box, also makes it easier to determine whether items or boxes are missing,” adds Goslett.

Even when not using a moving company keeping a detailed and organised inventory can help you tremendously. If you are specific, labelling each box as you pack it, the easier unpacking will be. Again, the more specific you are wen labelling, the better. Labelling w box as pots for example is better than just using kitchen stuff.

Have a packing headquartersMan packing box

Having all the items you need, such as a marker pen and box tape in a central allocated area will make the packing process easier and will alleviate the frustration of constantly looking for these items. Everyone in the home who is helping you pack will know to find anything related to the pack at the allocated packing station. Items that you can keep at the packing station should include all lists, scissors, labels, bubble wrap and packing paper. Although it is an old favourite moving hack to wrap items in newspapers, Goslett says that you should take care when wrapping items in printed newspaper as it could strain the item with ink.

Rather more than less

It is better to have too many supplies and boxes than not enough, as running out of these items will cause a delay in your packing process. “Generally homeowners require more boxes than they initially think. If the boxes have been supplied to the homeowner by their moving company, they will normally be able to get a refund for any unused boxes provided they are in a good condition. If a homeowner gets the boxes for free from a supermarket, it is simply a matter of taking the leftover boxes to a recycling bin or passing them onto a friend who may be moving in the near future,” says Goslett.

As a precautionary measure you should have approximately 10 boxes set aside for last minute items that can only be packed on moving day, such as bedding, clothes and cleaning supplies.

Prioritise the packing orderStack of boxes.resize

Items that you use daily or on a regular basis should be packed last, while other items can be packed away and ready to go. Anything that is not essential up until the day of the move should be packed first. This will give you a good indication as to how much more needs to be packed and less will be left to do as moving day draws closer. “There is no need to keep winter clothes out if the move is happening during the summer months, and duplicate items can be pared down to only the bare essentials,” says Goslett.

Keep similar or matching items together

If a household item is used in conjunction with something else, it is best to keep all of these items together to make it easier to unpack. For example appliances should be packed together with their detachable parts or books together with book ends. Place all screws, bolts or small parts into a re-sealable plastic bag or envelope and tape it to the piece of furniture or corresponding appliance they come from. Goslett says that another effective method is to label each bag or envelope and place them all into one box along with accessories such as remote controls, extension cords and Allen keys. Ensure that this box is marked clearly so that you can find it easily.

Colour code boxes and itemsColour coding stickers

Any easy way to make it clear for yourself and the movers if you use a company, where each box goes is to use colour coding. Assign each room in your new home a colour and mark each box or item with a sticker of the corresponding colour.

For example, if you mark all bedroom items blue and kitchens items and boxes in red, putting a matching sticker on the door post of each of those rooms will make it easy to sort boxes in the new home.

Personal and important items

Have each member of your family pack a bag containing all the personal items that they will want immediate access to when arriving at the new home, such as cell phone, toothbrush or pyjamas. Goslett also advises that you have a bag or box that contains all valuable items and important documents, which you can keep safe and in easy reach at all times.

Check your insuranceWoman checking contract details.resize

Phone your insurance company before the move to check what is covered by their homeowners’ insurance during the move and if you need to take out any additional inusrance. “Also find out what is required in the instance that items are lost or stolen, as some insurance companies may need receipts, appraisals or photos of valuable items,” advises Goslett.

Moving does not have to be a daunting experience, with the right planning and organisation it can be an exciting experience that everyone can look forward to.

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