Author: Rodger Dawson

Tips to survive a move

Tips to survive a move

It is said that a move is one of the most stressful experiences that exist. Packing a whole house to move to a new home is a great logistical challenge.

But with a little organization and the help of professionals can be achieved without losing your nerves. We must bear in mind that a move also has an important emotional component: experiences and memories are left behind, a stage is closed to start another. The more planned the material part, the easier it will be to deal with managing the personal factor as well.

Ask for help

Rate what you can assume and think should you hire a moving company. A move is not easy, but it is not the same when it comes to personal belongings rather than a large fully furnished house. Dismantling furniture and moving large appliances is not available to anyone. Trust in professionals.

Plan ahead

In a move it is advisable not to improvise or leave decisions for the last minute. It is convenient to agree on the date with the company that has been chosen with the maximum advance. Keep in mind that the end and beginning of the month are usually days of high demand. Knowing in advance the chosen day allows you also to manage the parking permit, if necessary.

Take into account all the details

The moving company must know the exact amount and size of the equipment that needs to be moved. Ideally, they will make a prior visit in order to calculate the volume of the vehicle they need, the number of people and the hours planned as well as budget for their service. Also specify what you need: it is not the same to move and pack / unpack all your things yourself.

In addition, you must inform the company if there are any traffic restrictions in any of the two houses, whether it is a narrow or pedestrian street, whether there is an elevator or not, the width of the staircase and the conditions of accessibility to the home. Sometimes a movable crane will be necessary and you have to have it planned.

Before packaging, take the opportunity to select

The packaging can be done by moving companies, which have packaging of various sizes and even wardrobe boxes for clothes, but you can also do it on your own. The boxes are more recommended than the bags, and we must adapt the weight to the strength of the cardboard so that they do not break when moved. Do not forget to label the outside of the boxes, so it will be easier to know what area of ​​the new house can suite. Before packaging is a good time to get rid of the objects that are no longer used and sell them, give them away or recycle them. Moving things that you no longer want does not make much sense.

Valuables go with you

Personal documents, hard drives with important information, money and jewelry are best to carry yourself. Although you do not have to miss anything, it’s better to avoid risks. In the case of works of art, antiques and other large objects that must go in the moving truck, a specific insurance can be hired to cover them.

The day before

Turn off and empty appliances and all appliances that contain liquids or fluids that may spill: refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker, fryer or humidifiers, for example. Rest well and take strength. Tomorrow is the day!

The day of the move

You can leave everything in the hands of the moving company, but it is advisable to be present at the time of loading and unloading to be able to make the appropriate indications. It is especially important to be able to specify where it is going in the new house, so they will leave each item in the corresponding room. If you have also contracted the unpacking, the company will take the empty boxes.

Avoid unnecessary risks

Keep in mind that a move has many costs: the vehicle, packaging materials, workers’ wages and corresponding taxes. Make sure that the company you have hired complies with current legislation, has hired workers and bills correctly. If a problem arises during the move, such as an accident at work or the disappearance of an object of value, the situation can become very unpleasant if the company is not in order and shirks its responsibility.

Types of transport for a move

Types of transport for a move

There are many ways to make a move; different means, routes, destinations, needs, volumes and infinite variants that can modify and complicate the needs of transport. Next, you will find the classic means with which you can make a move and the particularities of each type of transport. We hope this article will help you choose the best option.

Air Transportation

It is one of the least requested, it is super fast but it is not cheap. If you make numbers you will see right away that to check a suitcase does not go below $50-$70 (according to the airline). So the budget goes up disproportionately when adding objects. If your move is not so simple as to only transport suitcases, tell you that there are airlines that are dedicated solely to national and international removals, but compare prices and use this way when it’s really urgent move.

Marine Transport

On the other hand, most users use maritime means to transport vehicles. In addition, transporting a vehicle to the new city is a good opportunity to take advantage of the space and load the car with other necessary equipment for the new place. However, there are many users who prefer to drive themselves until they reach the new city to save their flight ticket. Before choosing, it is necessary to make an estimate of expenses; gasoline, tolls, hostels, and food.

Ground Transportation

Finally, removals by land have always been preferred. Since they are the intermediate point between the two previous ones;

  1. Less time than by boat and more than by air
  2. More economical than by plane and less than maritime
  3. In the end, we are also more aware of what we pay, since we are more knowledgeable of the Kilometer as a unit of length rather than miles.

Both a van and a truck can accommodate all types of furniture and appliances, of any shape and size. Carriers are aware of the best routes and will always leave the cargo in the previously agreed place, which provides a lot of comforts. In addition, they can always perform packaging and disassembly services if the customer needs it. Finally, the train is becoming increasingly important in the global transport of large volumes and merchandise but it is not a mean used in private moves.

The star tip is that in a move (especially in the international ones) you get rid of everything that you no longer use since those extra objects can make transportation substantially more expensive. If you still have to make purchases, better do them when you’re in the new city.

Users recommend and prefer to make the move by land whenever possible and you  have time. Remember, the best option is always governed by comfort, price and time.

10 important things to do when moving to a new home.

10 important things to do when moving to a new home.

When we move from home and we have everything ready, and when we get to the new house, we realize that we are missing some very basic but essential things. To avoid that, we will see a small list with 10 things to take with us and what to do before moving to a new home so that we do not miss anything.

  • Clean the toilet thoroughly. Even if we are too apprehensive, change the toilet seat; It is easy and cheap. A good cleaning of the toilet guarantees us to be calmer in a house in which we feel a bit strange.
  • Change the locks. This as long as the owner allows us if the house is for rent. You never know the friends or enemies that the former tenant might have. With the locks changed, we will feel calmer.
  • Clean the entire house before moving in. Surely the owner of the house or the former tenant will have cleaned it, but if we clean it with our cleaning products to which we are accustomed, it will seem really clean and we will feel more comfortable.
  • Paint the house before bringing the furniture. If the landlord allows us to do so and we can paint the house, it would be good if we painted the house before taking all our stuff, so the task of painting becomes much simpler.
  • Carry rolls of toilet paper. Yes, it seems silly but, what are you going to clean in a new house that there is nothing?
  • Take pictures of the damage. This serves both the tenant and the owner of the house. Make some photos of the possible damages, we will avoid problems tomorrow.
  • May the first box we carry be full of personal accessories. Surely the move takes a couple of days, and if we stay in the new house, we must have on hand, towels, toothbrush, gel, shampoo and all our personal accessories. That is why it is advisable to take one of the first boxes to the new house with all our accessories.
  • Take some fast food. Since we will not have anything in the kitchen, a pizza or some fast food will come in handy.
  • Install a shower curtain. Can you imagine after all the day of moving, cleaning, sweating and that you go to take a shower and you realize that you are going to flood the whole bathroom?
  • Bring clean sheets. Surely we take all the clothes we need to dress the beds, but do you know what box they are in? Unpacking the sheets and bedding and leaving them on top of the bed guarantees that we can sleep on top of our clean clothes.

These are only 10 things to do, which we find very useful when moving to a new house. And you, what do you think? Do you have anything else to do that is important when you move into a house?

How to pack furniture for moving efficiently

How to pack furniture for moving efficiently

When making a move the packaging becomes one of the heaviest, slowest and most challenging tasks. Therefore, when we are tired of filling more and more boxes, we end up not paying attention to properly preparing something as important as furniture, which often end up with full of chipped and even broken up pieces of furniture during down the stairs and in the truck when it without the proper packaging. In this post we explain how to pack furniture correctly to avoid breaking, scratching, or suffer from any damage during the transportation.

To get started

  1. Empty your furniture. It is important to remove the objects from your furniture so that the furniture or large objects are a little lighter and safe to lift it and transport. It is not worth that “this does not weigh, I leave it inside”. You always have to pack the objects inside the furniture separately according to their type and pack them properly.
  2. Clean up. It is advisable to thoroughly clean empty furniture before packing them – remove dust, dirt, mildew or bacteria that may have accumulated over time.
  3. Dismantle the furniture. Remove the removable parts of your furniture to facilitate their removal and avoid possible damages. It is important to follow the appropriate instructions for each specific piece of furniture: consult the manual or look for information on the Internet. Save the screws and other small pieces of furniture (a trick is to put them in transparent bags and paste them with zeal to the furniture itself so that we know which one they belong to, or if there are many of them or they are heavy, store them in larger bags with a label that puts what furniture correspond). Securely pack the largest disassembled parts in the boxes and do not forget to mark them with the name to know where the pieces are.

Packaging materials

Having prepared the packing materials in advance, and having enough quantity, will help you not to despair during the process. Do not skimp, as they are essential to prevent any furniture that you had a special affection from deteriorating. Here we leave you a survival kit with the essential materials to pack your furniture:

  • Bubble paper and plastic film
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Packing tape with dispenser
  • Covers sofa and mattress cover
  • Protective blankets
  • Corner protectors
  • Foam filling for boxes with fragile objects
  • Other accessories of great utility

Handy tools

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrench
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Cutter

How we pack each piece of furniture by types

Furniture such as cabinets, tables, dressers or bookcases can be wrapped with blankets or fabrics to avoid scratching (there is also cardboard and special plastic for packaging, and corner protectors). Close the drawers with adhesive tape to prevent them from sliding, damaging the drawers or other pieces of furniture.

If you have any removable furniture, the best thing you can do is to disassemble it and store all the nuts, screws and small parts in one place. It is important that you keep the container with the pieces near the corresponding piece of furniture so that you can locate them later with ease. If possible, remove the legs of large furniture, such as tables or beds.

The wardrobes are almost certainly you will need to disassemble, so it is highly recommended to remember how we have disassembled to reassemble. To keep the clothes inside, the “wardrobe boxes” that we have mentioned above are very useful.

In the case of sofas, chairs and armchairs wrap them with plastic film to prevent them from getting dirty. This way you will have maximum protection against rips, stains and moisture. If they have legs, wheels or cushions, remove them and store them in separate plastic bags to avoid damage. Remove the cushions and pillows and place them in clear plastic bags.

If you have to transport clothes you usually use suitcases and also plastic covers that have an opening to transpire the air inside and thus reduce the volume of the packages to be transported. If you have to transport dresses or suits a very useful resource are the zipper bags specific for that type of garments.

Plastic covers are quite useful to protect bedding, pillows or mattresses. They do not provide protection against bumps but they do protect against chafing or wear. Being textile elements the plastic cover also protects from possible breakage by hooks with other objects

For the transport of furniture and large objects, such as appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, dryers …) is usually resort to some type of pad to protect the corners, in addition to packing them with cardboard or plastic to protect the rest of

Do not forget the basics in any move

Take inventory

It is a good idea to make a detailed list of all the furniture you have, what kind of furniture they are (cupboards, dressers, dressers, desks, beds, sofas, armchairs, bookshelves, tables, chairs, shoemakers, etc.), which ones you want to move to your new home and its condition (new, very new, worn, very worn …). This inventory of furniture will help you keep track of your belongings, determine what packaging materials you need for each type of furniture and even get rid of a piece of furniture. It will also serve to ask the removal company to account for any mishap if you decide to delegate the task of packaging and transport in professionals.

Beware of the weight

A classic error of the moves is to fill the boxes too much so that they end up being more difficult to transport and running the danger of breaking, without counting that we can hurt ourselves by taking so much weight. It is preferable to use more boxes and smaller than fewer boxes and larger ones.

In small boxes we can put in its personal objects, documents or ornaments. Larger boxes can carry books, clothes or appliances. Always try that the weight is not excessive.

Number the boxes

Since we do not want to lose any boxes during the transfer, it is important to assign a number to each one. This way we will know what is in each box, and we can group them by rooms. This will save valuable time when unpacking boxes.

Visualize your new home

Make a mental plane of your new home to know if all the furniture will fit. If there is furniture that does not fit through the door, it does not adapt to the design of your new home or it will tire you out soon, it is not worth moving it to your new home. It will be a hassle for you and, in the case of hiring a moving company, will increase the price of the transfer in vain.

Fragile objects

For more delicate objects such as glass furniture, tableware, mirrors, decorative pieces, pictures, framed photographs is used to pack the bubble wrap, and if possible, foam padding to put inside the box and thus cushion the movement between one piece and another. In any case, you should try not to include many fragile objects together to prevent contact with others can break them.

Make sure that boxes of fragile items are made of firm, sturdy cardboard and that they are securely closed. It is preferable to exceed a little with the adhesive tape not to fall short: if a box is dismantled or is loosened during the transfer, we will end up with something broken for sure.