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Moving to a new apartment is one of the most ordinary situations we can come across in our days. And even though we move averagely a few times in our lifetime, removals are still among the most trying happenings that can happen to us. Just figuring out the logistics of shipping all your belongings from one place to another is a very large job and with packing, unpacking as well as selecting the best hauler to help you with removal, it becomes really colossal and very stressful. Fortunately there are couple of things you can do to make the move as efficient as possible and considerably less nerve-wracking.
Packing and securing your items for transportation
The most important tip you should remember while preparing for the removal is that you need a coherent list of steps that you’ll have to stick to through the whole process. It is good to make an inventory of every item you need to transport. Such a list can not only make the packing easier but additionally will allow you to check if all your belongings were safely transported to its place of destination. Removal calls for shipping a great deal of stuff, among them a lot of small things that can be easily misplaced under the pressure of time – an inventory will ensure that you will remember to make sure they all arrived to the place of destination safely. The next crucial step is labelling all the boxes as precisely as you are able to. One of the most useful methods of tagging cardboards is by category. So all the kitchen supplies as well as devices should be placed into boxes tagged ‘kitchen’, all the duvets and personal items in the box labelled ‘bedroom’ and so on. You’ll be surprised how time-saving tagging can be once you start the unpacking. Remember to tag both sides and the top of the cardboard, so that you (and the hauler) can be sure which box goes where, no matter how they will be stacked inside the shipping vehicle.
Be extra careful with fragile things. Wrap them in protective layers of textiles or bubble wrap as well as label them in an easily visible place (including a “This way up” sign). You should also ensure that the hauler knows that he’ll be shipping delicate cargo as well as which boxes requires handling with caution.
When it comes to furniture, it’s important to take everything out of them before the removal and ship all the things inside separately. Any unattached items in cupboards and drawers can damage your furniture during shipment. It’s also smart to close all the furniture doors as well as drawers with some tape so that they won’t open during shipment. You may use ordinary Scotch tape to do that. Another issue is the matter of putting the furniture into the shipping vehicle. Ahead of trying to move your furniture out of the house, make sure that you’ll be able to transport them via front doors, stairways or into the elevator (if your old apartment has one). If so, you’ll be able to transport them without dismantling (find at least one person to assist you!). If they can’t, disassembling them is the sole method to ship them without harm. Be careful with that – make sure you store all the nails and bolts in one place for example in a Ziploc bag as well as that you’ve secured delicate parts of the furniture properly. Dismantling furniture is also convenient when you want to use the shipping car to the maximum, because disassembled furniture will take a lot less place.
Whenever securing minor items, like magazines, kitchen appliances, decorations and much more, cardboards will be the most obvious choice. It’s very … possible that you won’t have enough boxes to fit all your belongings – but there is a few methods to acquire some more. For example you can get new boxes in most of the home-improvement as well as construction stores. However since you’ll most likely need quite a few boxes, you can choose a more economical way. Try visiting your local shops and see if they have some boxes they don’t need any more. Stores usually have a lot of unnecessary cardboards and most of the time they are willing to share.
An alternative to boxes would be using bags, especially for storing textiles and little items. There is a quite bigger chance that you will find the bags at home. As mentioned, bags will serve as a sufficient choice for packing clothes, magazines as well as little items, but unfortunately they have a couple of disadvantages. Bags are much more flimsy than boxes and susceptible to tearing, should you choose to use them for transporting things with hard corners (for example books, cutlery etc.). Also – stacking bags on top of each other is much more difficult than stacking boxes the same way.
One of the most tricky things to ship are houseplants. It is obviously safest to move them personally, but if for some reason you cannot do that, make sure that the transport provider knows what he will be shipping. One day before the move water the plants thoroughly and allow the water to sink in. It’s important that the plants are watered enough to suffer through the transportation, but it’s equally important to allow them to absorb what they can before putting them in a container (you need to get rid of the excess water gathered on the saucer, to make sure it won’t accidentally leak through the cardboard).
Choosing the best transport provider
Certainly, aside from suitably securing your cargo for the removal, it is equally crucial to select a suitable transport provider. Which aspects of transportation must you consider while selecting the right person? Cost of the service, certainly, is of importance, especially on lengthy, routes between countries, however that’s just 1 factor. Whenever transporting all your belongings you have to firstly take into consideration if your cargo will be properly protected when given to the hauler. When posting your listing on a shipping marketplace, like Clicktrans, you not only can ask prospective transport providers every question you need answered before deciding upon a hauler but also you may read feedback left by former customers on every transport provider’s profile page. Nothing is more believable than reviews given by someone who’s already hired the transport provider you are thinking of hiring.
Prices of removal
Price of removal is quite difficult to estimate, because it changes, sometimes drastically because of how much the cargo weights and how big it is or the route length. If you are transporting a lot of fragile items, the cost is probable to go up. It’s similar for international removals – domestic routes are normally cheaper than transporting your things across borders.