1st: Spend at least a couple of days to inspect the house for useless items and objects that you probably don't need to move in the new house. This is the best solution to reduce the amount of removal boxes and thus the volume of the removal van, which on the other hand reduces the cost too. Start de-cluttering and sorting the objects in every room and get rid of old newspapers, letters, clothes or other old objects that you don't need. Hire a removal agency with recycling services to help you with these useless objects.
2nd: Another two or more days might be enough for packing and wrapping all your family possessions. Begin with the objects in the bedroom, in the kitchen and in the living room. The idea is to prepare first the biggest and heaviest objects, as they play the main role for choosing the right volume of the moving van. Use nylon wrappings for wooden objects like chairs and tables. The removal boxes are yet the main protection for your items and so another great idea is to get a vast array of boxes - different sizes and different types. The form also matters, because some tall wooden objects like bookshelves, fishing or ski equipment can fit only in tall boxes.
3rd: When packing your items, it is recommended to apply some extra protective measurements as well. A great example are the protective edges for wooden angles of the objects, as well as when moving paintings, windows, mirrors and other fragile items.
4th: Dismantle furniture as the best way to reduce its volume, especially when it comes to giant and heavy wooden objects with a lot of void spaces inside. From wardrobes to kitchen cabinets and dining tables - you will wonder how less space they need for a storage in the removal van. Not to mention that some dismantled furnishings are easy to handle even by just one person or by two, and you don't have to deal with fit issues when moving the objects through doors and stairways.
5th: Give tasks to all of your family members so they can feel useful and to sort of get used to the relocation in the new place. The kids can get involved in wrapping and packing their own toys and clothes, while the strongest family members can help with the heavy lifting, instead of hiring two, three or more professional movers.
6th: Make an assembly checklist of every dismantled objects, before dismantling it. Such a checklist will help you after arriving in the new house, as well as when you see a completely different wall. You may forget how the cabinets or the shelves should look like, because they will definitely look different according to their original places in the old house. A quick and easy manual for assembling is always useful, and keep it right in the boxes with the same dismantled furnishings.
7th: Label all boxes during the packing procedure. Use labels with the names of the rooms for an easy orientation if you want to use boxes for the items only from one room. It would be much easier when unloading and arranging the items from the bedroom at once, for example, instead of digging for searching three or four items in three or four different boxes. Or else, use boxes that can help you remember what's inside the box even if the objects belong to different rooms. Label the boxes with “Fragile”, “Always on top”, “Handle by two”, etc.
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