Planning Your Next Move Can Save You Money

Perhaps the people that actually enjoy moving are the most organized. You know the type. They have a place for everything, and everything’s in its place. They pack up in minutes, and stand tapping their toes until the moving truck pulls up.

For the rest of us, moving isn’t that quick or easy. We have more stuff that won’t fit in boxes no matter how many we get. The moving company doesn’t have enough bubble wrap for our delicate items. However, there are a few tips and hacks for movers needing help. You’re welcome.

Clean While You’re Packing

As you’re loading things in boxes, keep a cloth and cleaning solution (we recommend vinegar and water for a more natural clean) with you. As you empty shelves into boxes, clean the shelves. As you empty furnishings like dressers into boxes, dust the furniture.

When the room is unloaded and the boxes placed in a central place for loading onto the truck, vacuum and dust the tops of the door frames and window frames. Do this with every room in the house. The whole house will smell fresh and clean.

Make Stacks For Donations

As you’re moving from room to room, make piles of things for donations. Your local Goodwill and Salvation Army regularly schedules trucks to go around collecting such stacks of things. About the only things they won’t take are guns and ammunition, live things like plants or herbs, and anything too mildewed or moldy to resell.

Move Clothing Easily

Loading boxes with clothing and coats in the closet isn’t necessary. Gather a few hangers together, tying them with bread or trash bag ties. Over this group of items place a large trash bag. The clothing and coats won’t get crushed, stained, or misplaced. They can be placed atop boxes or furnishings in the truck.

Use Your Suitcases Instead Of Boxes

Linens, winter wear, and clothes can be loaded into suitcases, laundry baskets, and clean trash cans. Load each room’s bed linens into pillowcases. If a bathroom is located off the master suite or the other bedrooms, their towels can be put into the same pillow cases.

Wrap delicate items like ceramic soap dishes in towels to place in the laundry baskets. Wrap other bath items in the shower curtain for transport in the clean trash baskets.

Loading Kitchen Boxes

Place butcher and other knives in oven mitts to protect against cuts. Drinking glasses and delicate stemware would benefit from being placed in clean socks to add extra padding. Loose flatware can be wrapped in rubber bands and placed inside the crock pot for ease of moving.

Place spices and herbs inside pots with lids and tape them closed. Stack dishes in boxes upwards instead of flat. Less area means fewer cracks from stress. Wrap them in winter clothing or linens for padding.

Save your egg cartons for several weeks before the move. As you break down tables and other furnishings, place the screws, washers, and nuts in the egg cartons. Pictures and paintings with hangers and screws or nails can go in another egg carton.

Save your paper towel cardboard rolls and your toilet paper rolls. Wrap cords in a figure 8 and place them inside the rolls. Tape the cords to the item they came from or place them in a designated box of such items. Wrap the cords this way with the microwave, can opener, toaster oven, and other small appliances and electronics throughout the house.

Filling Bathroom Boxes

Bathrooms are the easiest and quickest to pack, because there’s not a lot of stuff in them. Most everyone has a “first day” box or clear plastic tote filled with things they’ll need the first day in the new house. Medications, personal grooming items, soap, towels, toilet paper, clothing, food, and any personal papers they’ll need goes into this box. It usually goes in the car with the family.

Any extraneous bathroom items can be packed in a well marked box for loading onto the truck. Keep the boxes with bedroom boxes, so you’ll know which boxes go in which rooms in the new house.

Basement/Loft Boxes

Loading boxes with things stored in the basement and/or loft should get the same treatment as the other rooms. What can be donated or tossed should be. This will make loading boxes quicker and easier. If storage in the new house is appropriate, label the boxes with which rooms into which they should be placed. Otherwise, label them as going in the basement or loft.

Outdoor/Garage Boxes

Movers won’t transport items like lawn mowers or leaf blowers filled with gas or the propane tank for the grill. The lawn furniture can go on the truck. Any glass-topped tables, though, should be wrapped in blankets if homeowners don’t have the original box.

Bikes, lawn tools like rakes and shovels can be boxed if homeowners have the time and the cardboard to fabricate boxes of the size you’ll need. The same can be done with the lawn mower, leaf blower, and any other odd-sized lawn tool.

Electronics

Most people don’t keep the boxes the plasma TV, DVD player, laptop, desk top, and other electronics. Boxes can be fabricated as explained above, but homeowners will want to carry these delicate items in the car with them.

For local moves, they would be quite safe on the truck, because the moving company will take special care to pad and wrap them well. For long distance moves, they’ll take the same care, but it’s up to the family whether to put them on the truck or carry them in the car.

Loading Boxes With Food

Canned and unopened boxes of food, of course, can be loaded into boxes for the moving truck. Freezer and fridge items, unopened or intact, though, should be used before moving day. Families could pack what they can’t use in a cooler on ice to take in the car on moving day.

What they can’t use or take along could be donated to the local homeless shelter. Some churches have pantries to give food to the homeless and the needy. Family, neighbors, and friends could always take what you have if these options don’t work out.

Remember to load a box with snacks for moving day and for the trip to the new house. Not every homeowner does this, but some order in pizza, subs, or KFC. Both the moving crew and family munch as the moving continues. If there’s any left when you arrive at the new house, you’ll have supper all ready with no fuss. Remember to get paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic flatware.

At The New House

Kelowna moving companies will place the furniture for you, even to putting together the beds and whatever tables or other furnishings requiring assembly. They will also place boxes in the rooms in which they’re labeled as destined. Before the moving crew clutters up all the rooms, run the vacuum and dust the window and door frames. You’ll have a clean house for a little while.

As you break down your boxes, remember to put an ad on Craigslist. People look there for such things including totes. They also look for bubble wrap and other moving materials. Label it all as free, and you’ll have to fight off the applicants.

If you’re renting, take pictures of each room before the moving crew puts boxes in them. When you leave, you’ll have a pictorial record in case anything goes wrong and you can’t get back your deposit.

Invest in collapsible bags for storing things in the new house. They take up less space than boxes, and their contents won’t mildew or grow mold in a moist atmosphere like basements.

Thanks for reading and please share this with family or friends thinking of buying or selling

Andrew Smith - RealtorLiving in Kelowna,
Andrew Smith
Royal LePage Kelowna

1-1890 Cooper Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B7
250-979-8066 or Toll Free 1-877-330-5884
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