Movings - Useful Tips
Are you moving? Perhaps our experience can help you.
What you need to do before moving?
We will try to ease your preparation and moving with the following tips.
First, the moving should be prepared. This is what we recommend, based on our personal experience:
- Preparations for moving should begin at least one month ahead.
- Do not merely rely on friends and relatives, regardless of how many of them would like to "volunteer". The job itself is a way too complex not to involve professional assistance.
- Moving is an excellent opportunity to get rid of all unnecessary things (old furniture, old things, everything in the house that you did not need for more than 2 years, broken toys, all those little things you received as gifts over the years you even then did not like...).
So, throw away, throw away and throw away.
To get things going as they should, the most important is to do preparations:
- As soon as you decide to move, start acquiring boxes (we can provide them as well). The best are liquor boxes, because they are very solid. Big confection store, electrical appliances or furniture boxes are the best for wardrobe and bed linen. The alternatives for packing soft things are big 120 l garbage bags, which you can buy in almost any bigger store.
- Buy at least 20 duct tapes, 5-7 cm wide (NOT just plain sellotape!!!)
- Collect cover materials (newspaper, scissors, Styrofoam, cloths, cardboards, sponges, vacuum foil, bubble wrap).
- Make "packing kits": (scissors, duct tape, knife, multi colored markers, biro, measure tape...). Everyone should carry along its "packing kit" while packing.
- Reinforce the bottom of every box with duct tape.
- Put plates in plastic bags with cardboard in between each of them, and pile them in boxes vertically, NOT HORIZONTALLY.
- Pack electric appliances in original boxes (if possible).
- Make back up copies of all important data from your hard drives. Store all installation CDs and DVDs to a safe place.
- Put no more than 20 kg of things per box.
- Pack heavy, bigger things separately and pack light things into single boxes. Do not pack boxes with books entirely, but only half way. Put books at the bottom and light things on top of them till you fill up the box.
- Place standard format paper (A4 or letter) on every packed box, with content of the box written on it.
- Enumerate boxes with different colors, thus marking up which box goes into which room in your new home (i.e.: living room - black, kitchen and pantry - red, bedroom - green, study room - blue etc).
- Clearly mark in red color all boxes that contain fragile items.
- Buy or make stickers with fragile marks and stick them to all sides of boxes unsparingly.
- Prepare things that you will need for first couple of days and keep them at hand:
- Personal documents (passport, id card, birth certificate, employmet card, army documents, personal medical card)
- Private address book/phone book
- Sales/Purchase/Exchange contract
- Phone company contract
- Payment receipts for bills
- Medications you take regularly
- Installation CDs and DVDs and data back ups.
- Pyjamas, clothes for a week, socks, personal hygiene sets
- Food for pets and all other accessories
- Unplug and wrap all cords from electric appliances. Mark each one to know where it belongs, and how it was plugged.
- During moving, drawers have to be empty and pulled out of their elements, as well as compartments. Therefore, put a sticker on every drawer and board marking where it belongs as well as their order.
- Duct tape several drawers and compartments together - it is easier and faster for moving.
- Measure and plan arrangement of furniture in your new home. Make a drawing of arrangement, so that furniture can be carried in directly into repective rooms.
- If you write names of rooms of your new home on each box, it will be easy and fast to place them accordingly.
- The best thing to do is to place as many boxes possible into the basement or garage, in order to save time on the moving day.
- If you don't have a mobile phone, leave your regular phone connected while moving. Keep the following phone numbers at hand: moving company, new tenant, cousins/helpers, taxi service, etc...
- Make the necessary arrangements about the date of disconnection/replacement with a telephony service provider.
- Provide parking place for a truck in front of your building (park 2 of your vehicles) and notify your neighbors of moving.
- List all furniture damages and take measures to prevent further damaging.
- Arrange check-out dates with the new tenants and their check-in dates regarding electric power provider company, gas providers, heating services providers, tenants' representatives, water suppliers, communal services (on the day of your moving out read the electric meters!).
If you think that we can help you with any other tip or advice, fell free to contact us.
If this is difficult for you or you just do not have time to do it,
just call us and we will be glad to do it for you!
Good luck in your new home!