You’re building a new house and you’re dreaming about all the new furniture you want to buy, what colour you’ll paint the walls, and how you’ll landscape the garden, right? But before all of that, as your settlement date looms, you still have to pack up your existing home, organise utilities to be switched over, and a million other little things – there’s so much to organise! But it doesn’t have to be a chaotic, stressful event. If you have a plan and give yourself plenty of time to arrange things, moving home can go smoothly and you can settle in your new home without a flurry of stress and anxiety. The first step? Packing!
Packing is always the top of everyone’s list. It’s a daunting task, and it’s by far the biggest undertaking of moving house. Approach it logically and methodically, and you’ll be able to move into your new home feeling organised and stress-free. We have some tips and tricks to make it a breeze.
– First up, take the opportunity to do a big clean out! Old clothes, homewares, and electrical gadgets that haven’t been used can all be disposed of or donated, making your load lighter than before.
– Invest in packing tape dispensers, bubble wrap, and moving boxes. Keep an eye out at your local hardware store, on neighbourhood social media groups, or even at work for used packing boxes and supplies to minimise waste. Reuse whatever you can, then pass it on to someone else when you’ve unpacked everything – moving boxes are expensive to buy!
– Assess each room and plan to pack room by room. Start with the least used room first, perhaps the study, or spare room, then work your way forward to packing the most frequently used rooms closer to your moving date.
– Borrow suitcases from friends and family to pack your clothes in. Pack seasonally – if you move in Summer, pack all your Winter clothes first, or vice versa. That way you don’t have to unpack everything all at once, just what you need immediately.
– Leave out three or four days’ worth of outfits for each family member to put in an overnight bag, along with basic toiletries. This will come in handy if you’re moving interstate and your wardrobe is stuck on a moving van for a couple of days, or you don’t have time to unpack your clothes in the first few days after moving in.
– When packing up kids’ rooms, pack some books and toys in a bag so they have something to play with for the first few days until you’ve fully unpacked their things. That way there won’t be too many cries of boredom while their toys are still in boxes!
– Pack up your kitchen last. As it’s the most frequently used room in the home, leave yourself some time in the days before you move to pack it up, making sure to bubble wrap all the breakables.
– You can still pack up kitchen items that aren’t frequently used in the meantime. Things like large platters, excess wine and champagne glasses, and anything else you won’t be using in the weeks before you move.
Time to Unpack
– Having every box labelled with as much detail as possible will make unpacking smooth sailing. Instead of just labelling something “kitchen” try to add specifics like “platters and salad bowls”, or “wine glasses and bar items.” This saves you time unpacking – instead of going through box after box to find plates and cups, you can see which box you need to unpack straight away.
– Once you’ve arrived at your new home, stick signs on the doors of each room indicating which boxes belong in there. This will save the movers from having to ask you repeatedly which box goes in which room.
– If there’s anything you definitely don’t need immediately, and you have a garage, pop those boxes in there. Less boxes in the house equals less clutter and less stress for you when the seemingly unending task of unpacking becomes overwhelming. Those boxes can be tackled at a later date once you’re more settled.
Have you moved recently? If you’ve got any packing tips, we’d love to hear them!
When moving from one home to the next, new home buyers may need storage space on which they can rely.
The storage space needs to be one that is safe, secure, clean, free from damp, mould and pests, and be manned by a friendly, expert team. With peace of mind all your belongings are safe and sound, you can then focus on the job at hand – building your dream home.
However, it doesn’t matter how safe or secure your storage space is, if your belongings aren’t packed properly they could suffer damage. Not only do you need to know how to pack moving boxes, you also need to understand how to pack the storage space itself so that you can maximise your investment and protect all your household treasures.
Our simple checklist will help you get the most out of your storage space and ensure your goods are in tip top condition when it comes time to move into your brand new Hotondo Home.
Before you even think about storage, we suggest you undertake a thorough spring clean. After all, you pay for both storage and removal services based on the volume of your goods. There’s no point in paying to store items you don’t use or are unlikely to need in the future. Go through your belongings with a fine toothcomb and sort the ‘must-haves’ from the ‘can live withouts’.
Compile an Inventory
Once you’ve decided exactly which items you’re going to keep, make an inventory of everything that’s going into storage. It’s a good idea to have a few copies of this on-hand, including one to leave inside your storage unit once it’s all packed.
Source Storage Quotes
Armed with your inventory, you will be able to contact multiple storage providers to source quotes. Make sure you know exactly what is included in your quote so that you’re comparing apples with apples. Does the quote include pick-up and delivery costs? Does it include insurance? Are there extra charges when it comes to accessing your belongings?
Prepare Whitegoods Properly
All whitegoods (including fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers) must be completely drained and then cleaned, disinfected and thoroughly dried before they are placed in storage. You should also leave all doors ajar to prevent odor build-up.
Damp or dirty whitegoods are a breeding ground for mould and mildew, so if you want to use your fridge again you really need to make sure know how to store a refrigerator.
Take Note of Items That Can’t Be Stored
There are certain things that just don’t belong in a storage space such as corrosive, poisonous and toxic substances. In addition, anything containing fuel or oil (like lawn mowers), and items like batteries, scuba tanks, aerosol cans, or any kind of pressurised vessels should never be placed in storage.
Pack Your Storage Boxes Like A Pro
Packing moving boxes for storage is an art form. To ensure your treasures survive, we suggest you keep a few essential packing tips in mind.
- Delicate items (such as photos, books, artwork and wooden and leather furniture) need to be protected against the elements to which spaces are susceptible. They should always be packed in moving boxes designed specifically for this purpose, and protected in plastic wrap where necessary.
- Furniture should be treated with the appropriate leather or wood application, and then wrapped in heavy duty mover’s blankets. All these measures will help protect your belongings from humidity, damp, pests and dust.
- Above all, never over-fill your moving boxes, particularly if you are planning for long-term storage. Keep in mind your moving boxes will be stacked on top of one another, and they are only made of cardboard. The last thing you want to find is that an overfilled box has collapsed, potentially destroying your belongings in the process.
- You’ve paid for your little block of space, so to make you get the most out of it. Use every inch of space by packing it to the roof. The safest way to do this is to use sheets of plywood to create levels between your boxes and keep the stack secure.
- Even the most professional of storage spaces are susceptible to a little bit of moisture. This moisture tends to collect around the floor. So, keep your boxes off the floor by lining the floor with wooden pallets. This way, your boxes are kept high and dry.
- Double wrap any items that contain liquid. You can’t monitor your space at all times and even the smallest leak can cause enormous damage.
Check out Kent’s Storage Checklist & Tips for even more tips and tricks.