Ex­pert mov­ing house tips

Lesotho Times - - Property -

ARE you mov­ing? Whether you’re shift­ing to an apart­ment or a house, up­siz­ing or down­siz­ing, plan­ning is the most im­por­tant thing you can do.

Pack­ing 101 Start early. Pack­ing al­ways takes longer than peo­ple ex­pect, and do­ing a lit­tle each day is much less stress­ful than try­ing to do it all right be­fore your movers ar­rive.

You’re go­ing to need a lot of boxes and pack­ing ma­te­ri­als, and I mean a lot. What­ever your es­ti­mate is for what you think you need, dou­ble it. Re­ally.

Check lo­cal e-mail groups for post­ings of­fer­ing free mov­ing boxes. If you are us­ing a mov­ing com­pany, ask whether the boxes and pack­ing sup­plies can be dropped off sev­eral weeks ahead of your sched­uled move date, or or­der boxes and pack­ing ma­te­ri­als online. Make sure you have boxes in a va­ri­ety of sizes, from book boxes to wardrobe boxes.

Once you’re ready to pack, go room by room and pack sim­i­lar things to­gether. Start by pack­ing the rooms and items that are not in daily use.

Pack your kitchen last, and la­bel each box clearly with the con­tents and where you want it in your new home. Be as spe­cific about the con­tents of each box as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially with kitchen items.

It will make un­pack­ing so much eas­ier. And even though it should go with­out say­ing, don’t pack keys, com­put­ers, jew­ellery or im­por­tant pa­per­work. Take them over to the house your­self and put them some­where safe and out of the way so they’re not mis­placed.

Clean out now Noth­ing mo­ti­vates peo­ple to de-clut­ter and purge more than hav­ing to wrap, pack and un­pack all of their pos­ses­sions. You prob­a­bly won’t have time to clean out ev­ery room or ev­ery closet, but if you haven’t used or worn some­thing in a long time or no longer like it, don’t pay the movers to trans­port it. Set it aside to do­nate, give away or sell prior to your move.

Pre­pare the new home en. Nour­ish­ment dur­ing such a stress­ful and ex­haust­ing process is im­por­tant. The sooner you can cook a meal in your new home, the sooner it will be­gin to start to feel like home.

Be­fore the move, take pic­tures of your new kitchen and think about where it makes most sense to put ev­ery­thing. For in­stance, plates and dishes can go in the ap­pro­pri­ately sized cab­i­net near­est the dish­washer; glasses can go in an up­per cab­i­net near the re­frig­er­a­tor, and pots, pans and spices should be near the stove.

If you have time prior to the move, la­bel the cab­i­nets and draw­ers with sticky notes to in­di­cate where you think the items will go. This is es­pe­cially help­ful if you have friends or fam­ily mem­bers who are help­ing you un­pack.

The mov­ing cal­en­dar 8 weeks out: Start re­search­ing mov­ing com­pa­nies. Get at least two price quotes.

6 weeks out: Start go­ing through draw­ers, cab­i­nets and clos­ets to iden­tify things you want to do­nate, give away or sell. Be­gin to think about the lay­out of your new home and whether you need to sell or buy any ma­jor pieces of fur­ni­ture.

4 weeks out: Choose a mov­ing com­pany and con­firm the date. Be sure to get a price quote, ar­rival times and other de­tails in writ­ing.

4 weeks out: Get mov­ing boxes and other pack­ing ma­te­ri­als. Start pack­ing!

3 weeks out: Re­cruit friends and fam­ily to help un­pack at the new place.

2 weeks out: Sched­ule a thor­ough clean­ing of your new home.

1 week out: Con­firm your plans with mov­ing com­pany. Go to your new home and map out where ev­ery­thing will go in the kitchen. It’s eas­ier to un­pack when you know where you want to put ev­ery­thing.

1 day out: De­liver essen­tials such as toi­let pa­per, hand soap, garbage bags, garbage cans, shower cur­tains and toi­letries to your new home. Also, take over valu­ables in­clud­ing jew­ellery, art­work and im­por­tant pa­per­work. — Stuff

ter, and your kitchen de­sign should re­flect that.” Drew Reaper, ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer at Verde Homes.

7. Colour block “Colour block­ing in the kitchen is great way to bring in colour with­out be­ing over­whelm­ing. Adding a fea­ture row of con­trast­ing cab­i­netry in colour or tim­ber grain in­stantly trans­forms a plain kitchen into a du­al­toned space with depth and unique vis­ual ap­peal.” — Julie Hanover, pro­fes­sional kitchen de­signer at The Good Guys.

8. Hide the sink “Avoid plac­ing your sink on the is­land bench, es­pe­cially if you are a drip-dryer, be­cause a messy is­land bench makes for a messy look­ing house. Al­ter­na­tively, build up the bench around the sink to hide the mess.” — Car­lene Duffy, de­signer at Cedar and Suede.

9. Stor­age is key “Stor­age and con­ve­nience have be­come a pre­mium de­sign el­e­ment in kitchens with one of the ma­jor trends in kitchen ren­o­va­tions be­ing the use of draw­ers for stor­age of crock­ery, cook­ing uten­sils and saucepans, as well as cup­boards.

This re­moves the frus­tra­tion of search­ing be­hind item af­ter item in cup­boards that are too high or too deep to see into.” — Cameron Frazer, Ask an Ar­chi­tect.

— Ob­server

Stor­age and con­ve­nience have be­come a pre­mium de­sign el­e­ment in kitchens.

get boxes. Lots of boxes. Start col­lect­ing them early. You’ll need a lot more than you re­alise.

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