Expert moving house tips
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.
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.