Buying a home is exciting! If you’ve just got the keys to your brand new home, congratulations! Your fresh start is right around the corner. Is moving to your new home getting a little overwhelming? Take a breather, homeowners. This list of tips and tricks will ensure you’re all set for smooth sailing, worry-free experience. Now let’s get started!
1. Plan ahead
This is when good research skills are essential. This is also the stage where you need to confirm the exact date and time you’re moving. Confirming the exact time avoids common moving hiccups, particularly if you’re moving into a condo. This is because they typically have specific timings for home moving that’s only allowed on weekdays. Additionally, being aware of the amount of stuff you have lets you know of what you need to prepare like the transportation (a salon car probably wouldn’t cut it) and the sufficient amount of packaging needed.
2. Apply minimalism
You wouldn’t want the accumulated keepsakes from your old place to take up space in your new home, do you? Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s KonMari method and keep only the belongings that spark joy and let go of the things that just take up much-needed storage space. Some ways you can let go of your pre-loved stuff is through donation drives, flea markets, and in-app marketplaces.
3. Invest in good packaging
Don’t skimp on this tip, home movers! The era of finding secondhand boxes to facilitate your home moving is long gone. How about $1/pc 5-ply box (390mm x 390mm x 260mm)?
Thanks to great online resources such as CartonBoxSg, their carton boxes ensure your memory-steeped belongings are in good, well-packaged hands. Gone are the days of scavenging for boxes that might not be in the best condition. Get them brand new and in good quality. Another overlooked packaging item? Cling wrap.
4. Label everything
Are they fragile? Does this box of clothes go to the master bedroom or the kid’s bedroom? And if it’s ambiguous, which side up is the box? These are important markers that should be made clear on the boxes to prevent common moving mishaps such as broken family heirlooms and shattered mirrors.
5. Hire professional movers
Hiring a moving company takes a huge load off your shoulders. Depending on the type of package you’re looking at, movers can handle everything from packing to the actual move itself. Leave it to the hands of professionals if you prefer a much more hands-off experience.
Bonus tip from a professional mover?
Be aware of hidden costs and how they can rack up. If you’re moving into a condo, there may be an extra $200 moving fee. Additionally, while this depends entirely on the company you’ve engaged, there can be a stair-carry fee and extra manpower fees if your stuff requires more movers.