Have you ever been so busy right before a move that you kind of forget about packing all your clothes until the very last minute? Then, because you’re running short on time, you end up leaving your clothes on hangers and throwing them in the back seat of your car or even worse – into garbage bags? Well, the following are some suggestions on a better way of packing your clothes for your upcoming move.
It is important to plan to pack your clothes with the same level of care as if you were packing your grandma’s fine china collection. It is worth the investment to purchase some wardrobe moving boxes. Wardrobe moving boxes are great for any clothes that you would like to stay on hangers, shoes or even hand bags. If you want to get started early on packing clothes, contact your local Highland Moving relocation consultant to purchase wardrobes boxes ahead of time. By doing so, you will be thankful when you are unpacking and all your clothes are wrinkle-free after the move.
The following guidelines are some additional tips for packing away your clothes:
- Pack shoes into boxes not bags. By taking the time to pack shoes properly into boxes instead of bags, it can prevent stains and scratches on leather shoes.
- Pack an overnight bag for each family member moving. By doing so, it will save you the time and stress of rummaging through numerous boxes looking for essentials such as a set of pajamas or toiletries.
- Purge and/or donate. Your upcoming move is the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted clothing by either donating the unused articles to a local cause or disregarding them. By purging your closets ahead of the move, it may also bring down the financial cost of your move because there is less being transported.
- Utilize empty suitcases. Empty travel luggage is perfect for packing away items such as handbags that are currently not in use because they lay well flat in suitcases.
An important part of moving into a new neighborhood is getting familiar with your new neighbors. We have all heard our fair share of stories about the really good neighbors you never want to part with and the not-so-good neighbor relations that you wish you never introduced yourself to in the first place. So with your next move, take into consideration the following tips to build a long-lasting (and positive) relationship with your new neighbors.
- Introduce Yourself. If timing permits, introduce yourself to your new neighbors a couple of days prior before your move in date. Following your introduction – inform them about your upcoming moving day so they are aware of any extra moving trucks that might be in the neighborhood
- Welcome. If you are the one who is getting new neighbors on your street take the time to drop by your new neighbors home after the move and introduce yourself. If possible, extend a warm welcome by dropping by with a bottle of wine or a batch of fresh baked cookies. The warm gesture will go a long way in ensuring the neighbor relation stays positive in the long term.
- Exchange Important Contact Information. Once you have had the opportunity to settle into your new home and have had the chance to meet with your neighbor and feel comfortable with them then it might be a good idea to exchange contact information with one another. This is a good idea just in case any neighborhood emergencies ever arise.
- Housewarming. When planning your upcoming housewarming party consider possibly inviting your neighbors. First impressions can go a long way and your neighbors will most likely appreciate the kind gesture.
- Maintenance of Your Surroundings. It also important as time goes by after the move to maintain your property. By ensuring your lawn is mowed, shrubs are trimmed and the yard is well maintained, neighbors around you will be grateful for the appearance of a tidy home and will hopefully return the favor too.
With the summer months ending in Alberta, now is a great time to start preparing your home for the cooler and sometimes unpredictable weather that comes our way. Whether you are a first time home buyer or just moved into a new neighborhood this time of the year is the perfect time to take care of the minor things around the home as they can make a big difference on your life and your finances. The following five tips are a great reminders on how to easily prepare your home for the colder weather.
1. Check your home for drafts. During this time of the year, examine each window and door within your home for any unusual cracks. By sealing the breaks properly you will stay warmer, reduce energy consumption and save on your heating bill.
2. Check the heating system. Complete a survey of your home’s heating vents to ensure they are not blocked or covered by household items such as carpeting or furniture. Make sure all the vents are dusted and the filters are clean. This is also a good time to make an appointment to schedule for your annual furnace system check-up.
3. Clear out the gutters outside. Fall is the perfect season to remove all leaves and other debris from your gutters. By doing so, you will prevent clogging in the winter months which could potentially lead to more severe damage.
4. Drain outdoor faucets. Make sure all outdoor faucets and hoses are drained completely in the fall time. This will ensure no harm is done to them home during the winter months.
5. Clean the fireplace(s). This is another good time of the year to have a professional come in and clean out and inspect your chimney. Ensure that the professional inspects the damper to ensure it can be tightly closed to prevent cold drafts from occurring.
Often times you will not be able to move straight away into your new home. When this happens, you need to consider storing your things. There are many options available to you. Whether or not it is a definite possibility, it is wise to ask what your options are with your professionals here at Highland. This way there are no surprises. Further, you can anticipate and budget for any potential increase in cost to accommodate storing your things. This is really important if you are purchasing another home and that purchase is contingent on the sale of your current home. Remember, anything can happen at closing. Therefore, you may have a delay or even worse, something could fall through. If that is the case, make sure to ask your professionals here at Highland about your options. We will do our best to accommodate you. However, you will want to know this ahead of time so that you can plan for any unforeseen circumstances.
If you are moving internationally or a long distance, storage may be a necessary part of transport. Therefore, you will have to discuss the details of your impending move with your professionals here at Highland. Keep in mind that there are several things that can be done to best meet your needs. These include long-term storage for the items you may not be able to take with you. Short-term storage for the items that will be transported to your new location and air shipment of a few things that you can’t live without. In order to best meet your needs, take inventory of your things and think about what you will need immediately, short term and not until you return if that is apart of your relocation.
If you are on a corporate relocation, there may be storage as a part of your relocation package. If so, clarify what is covered and what is your responsibility. Often times there are limits on the length of time covered by your relocation package. You will want to understand this ahead of time so that you can budget accordingly.
Storing your items may be new to you but it is something we are very familiar with and we can identify options that can best meet your needs.
The key to any successful move is organization. The more organized you are the easier your move will be. Granted there will be unplanned events. However, the more you do up front to prepare, the better position you will have to mitigate risk.
Step 1: Start early
The earlier you start to organize your move the better you will be. You want to be in a position to optimize your opportunities. Therefore, starting early allows you to secure dates, coordinate resources and downsize. Granted you may not have the luxury of time but if you start the process as soon as you know you are moving, you will be able to get your things in order right away.
Step 2: One place for your things
Moving can be disruptive. Therefore, taking steps to organize your things and putting them in one location will help prevent you from wasting your time looking for something. Identify all the important paperwork you will need for your move and somethings that you just should have like birth certificates and put them all in one location. This could be in a portable file folder or scanned into a digital file.
Step 3: Timeline
Understand your time constraints. Consider your move as a large project that you need to manage. Think about the tasks that you must do and identify any of them that affect the completion of other tasks. List these out and use a calendar to plan what must be done first. This will help you decide on what you have to do and when. It will also help prevent you from missing an important task.
Step 4: Budget
Your budget will dictate what you are able to accomplish. Therefore, you want to make sure you have one set out at the beginning. If you have a tight budget, you will have to entertain options that will save you money, like packing or unpacking yourself. Feel free to ask your professionals here at Highland. We have various options to help with your budget.
Step 5: Pick a System and Stick with it
Find a system that works best for you. Some people like paper while others prefer everything electronically. Therefore, think about what will work best for you and use that system religiously. You will be more likely to use something that you feel comfortable with and stick with it. Keeping on top of your move will help you make it with ease.
Moving is stressful at times. However, taking steps to organize yourself at the beginning will help to alleviate the stress.