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Moving to a new house is among the most ordinary happenings we can come across in our life. And even though we change the place we live in averagely a few times before settling for good, removals are still among the most nerve-wracking situations possible. Just working out the organization of moving all your belongings from one place to another is a very large task and with packing, unpacking and choosing the right hauler to assist you with removal, it seems truly huge as well as very nerve-wracking. Fortunately there are couple of things you can do to make the move as efficient as possible as well as significantly less stressful.
Packing and securing your belongings for transportation
The most important tip you have to remember while preparing for the removal is that you should create a coherent list of steps that you will stick to through the whole process. It is good to make an inventory of every item you want to transport. Such a list will not only help you pack but also will allow you to make sure that all your belongings were safely shipped to its place of destination. Removal calls for shipping a big amount of stuff, among them a lot of small things that can be easily forgettable when packed in a hurry – a list will help you check if they all arrived to your new home safely. The next crucial step is tagging all the boxes as precisely as you are able to. One of the more common methods of tagging boxes is by category. For example all the kitchen accessories and devices go into boxes labelled ‘kitchen’, all the duvets and blankets in the cardboards labelled ‘bedroom’ etc. You’ll see how much time labelling can save once you get to the unpacking part. Don’t forget to tag both sides and the top of the box, so that you (as well as the transport provider) will be able to recognize which cardboard goes where, no matter how they will be placed in the shipping car.
Be extra careful when preparing to transport fragile items. Enclose them in protective layers of textiles as well as bubble foil and tag them in an easily visible place (including a “This way up” label). You should also make sure that the transport provider knows that he’ll be transporting fragile load as well as which cardboards requires handling with caution.
When it comes to furniture, it’s imperative to take everything out of them before the removal and transport everything that was inside individually. Any unattached items inside closets and drawers can harm your furniture on the road. It’s also smart to close all the furniture doors and drawers using tape so that they cannot open during transportation. You may use regular Scotch tape to do that. There is also a matter of putting the furniture into the transporting car. Ahead of attempting to move your furniture from the house, make sure that they will fit via front doors, stairways or into the elevator (if your building has one). If so, you can transport them without disassembling (be sure to have at least one person to help you!). If they can’t, disassembling them is the sole way to move them without harm. Be cautious with dismantling – be sure to have all the nails and screws in one place for example in a Ziploc bag as well as that you’ve secured delicate elements of the furniture properly. Dismantling furniture is also convenient when you want to fill the shipping vehicle to the maximum, as disassembled furniture will take a lot less place.
Whenever packing minor things, like books, tableware, decorations and so on, cardboards will be the most obvious choice. It’s very poss … ible that you won’t have enough boxes to fit all your belongings – however there is a few methods to acquire some more. Firstly you can acquire new cardboards in most of the home-improvement as well as construction stores. But since you’ll probably need quite a few cardboards, you may decide upon a more budget-friendly way. Try visiting your local shops and see if they have some cardboards they don’t need any more. Shops tend to possess a great amount of unnecessary cardboards and they are usually willing to give them away.
Another options, instead of boxes will be using bags, especially for storing textiles as well as small stuff. There is a much higher possibility that you will find the bags at home. As mentioned, bags will be a sufficient choice when packing textiles, magazines and little items, but unfortunately they have a couple of disadvantages. Bags are much less durable than boxes and prone to tearing, should you choose to use them for storing things with edges (for example books, cutlery etc.). Moreover – stacking bags on top of each other is much more difficult than stacking cardboards in similar fashion.
One of the most difficult items to ship are houseplants. It is usually best to ship them by yourself, however if something prevents you from doing that, make sure that the hauler knows what he is going to transport. A day prior to the move water the plants generously and let them sit. It’s important that the plants are watered enough to endure the transportation, but also to let them absorb what they can before putting them in a box (you must pour off the extra water from the saucer, to make sure it won’t accidentally leak through the cardboard).
Selecting the best hauler
Certainly, aside from suitably securing your cargo for the time of transportation, it is also crucial to choose a suitable hauler. Which aspects of transportation must you consider when making your decision? Cost of the service, certainly, is of importance, especially on lengthy, international routes, however that’s only one of the things to consider. Whenever shipping everything you have you need to firstly consider if your things will be properly protected in the hands of the transport provider. Whenever listing your delivery on a transport marketplace, like Clicktrans, you not only may ask possible haulers every question you need answered before deciding upon a transport provider but also you may check out reviews left by previous customers on each hauler’s profile page. Not much can be more believable than feedback given by someone who’s already hired the hauler you are thinking of hiring.
The cost of removal
Price of removal is quite hard to asses, because it varies considerably because of the weight and dimensions of the cargo as well as the route length. If you plan to ship a lot of fragile items, the price is likely to go up. The same goes for removals between countries – domestic routes are normally less pricey than transporting your things across borders.