House Shifting: Moving & Packing Tips 4 mins

When people move houses, they are often worried about managing and packing their belongings. House-shifting is much more than just moving to a new place. Amidst all of this, you may also have safety concerns and fears of mismanagement.

It can, at times, turn into something cumbersome. House shifting is not as easy as it looks. It’s a complicated process that has parts that you can directly control and parts that you have no direct control over.

Speaking of the parts you don’t have direct control over, you should pay heed to what you can do to ensure that these parts go smoothly. First, you need to make sure whether or not your home insurance provides coverage for moving house. A standard homeowners’ insurance agreement or renters’ agreement may not provide coverage for property in transit. Some people supplement their insurance policies with additional coverages like Trip Transit Insurance, Social Perils Coverage, etc. to ensure they do not bungle the house shifting process. The gaps in your insurance policy can be filled by making some adjustments while relocating. You can also seek protection from your moving company. This way, if anything is damaged in transit, your van line will compensate you on the basis of the replacement value of the damaged item.

Now coming to the parts you directly control, from packing and loading to unloading and unpacking, everything can be extremely taxing. You may misdirect the entire house shifting process merely out of confusion and worry. We have come up with some tips, advice, and tricks that will help you through the entire process of house shifting.

1.   Decluttering

Seeing a variety of personal belongings around you and thinking about how you are going to systematically pack them can overwhelm you with anxiety. Therefore, you need to decide first what are the things you want to pack. Decluttering can help you manage the packing process well. This way, you’ll have comparatively less stuff to pack, less stuff to load and move, and less stuff to unpack and unload.

2.   Starting Packing Early

If you have just decided to move, you will have a lot on your plate to do. However, if you plan on moving a few weeks or months later, you can start the packing process early. You can first pack off-season items that you do not currently need. In ideal cases, you would know when you will be relocating. The amount of stuff you want to shift may give you a good idea regarding when to start packing. However, starting early and gradually packing stuff in parts can help you a lot.

3.   Early Bookings

People typically hire a van line that helps them transfer their stuff safely. Van lines render all services including packing, loading, moving, unloading, unpacking, and even re-arranging. Besides a van line, people also rent supplies and hire painters and cleaners. All of this should be done early too. Once the moving season starts, house-shifting can get a lot more taxing. You may have to pay a higher price for a transportation vehicle during peak moving season. In peak moving season, it’s quite likely that you do not get a mover at all.

4.   Contacting Utility Providers

When you move to your new home, you certainly do not want to find that there is no electricity. Imagine arriving tired at your new home and turning on a faucet to find out there is no water. You should schedule all these services ahead of time. Schedule these services beforehand. You might want to contact utility providers right after the moving date is finalized. You can make a planner make sure you do not forget anything.

5.   Keep Your Routine Essentials with You

Have you ever imagined what if the mover gets lost or delayed and you have to spend an entire day without your belongings? Well, this may seem unlikely to happen but, it can happen. So, you need to keep all your routine essentials with you. These may include your toothbrush, medicines, a change of clothes, etc. Pack them into a suitcase or backpack one night before moving. This way, you won’t have much trouble if for some reason the moving truck arrives late. 

6.   Packing Different Items Differently

Not everything needs to be packed the same way. Van lines often treat delicate items like TVs as they treat other pieces of furniture. This can cause damage to your TV. The moving company may assure that no damage will happen to your property. However, you need to pay extra heed by making sure your TV does not end up in a quilted furniture pad. If you choose to pack your stuff yourself, make sure you double-box your TV. You might want to go for a box that is padded with packing paper.

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