Moving can be a chore. There are boxes to pack, arrangements to be made, labels to be put on everything, and unpacking to be done once the big move is over. Moving can be an exhausting process, especially if it’s your first time and you don’t know all the ins and outs to make the move easier. If you want to know how to tackle unpacking after the big move, continue reading this handy article full of tips and tricks.
Your big move can quickly turn into a big nightmare if you are not prepared for it. Arrangements should be made weeks or months in advance (if you can help it) to ensure that you have ample time to tackle both packing and unpacking. How you tackle your packing will directly affect your unpacking (more on this below) and a little planning can go a long way.
Tips on How to Tackle Unpacking and Settling In
You could take everything out of the boxes they were packed in and put them in their place, but as seasoned movers know, it’s not always that easy. Unpacking can take anything from a few hours to a few days to a few weeks, depending on how much time you have and how much of the big move you want to tackle at once.
Plan your Unpacking
The first tip you should know is to plan your unpacking. Start with specific rooms and items and finish unpacking and organising those before you move on to the next room or set of items. If you packed with the idea of unpacking in mind, this won’t pose much of a problem.
Know What to Start With
Make sure you unpack all your essential items first (including the items you need to access immediately, like toiletries, food, and certain electronics), then go through your house room by room. It helps to have a schedule – you can tackle a specific number of boxes a day to prevent move burnout (which may hinder the process of settling in).
Check Your Items
Make sure you inform the movers where to put which boxes to avoid having to shuffle boxes and household items around unnecessarily. Once everything is done (or even while you are doing it), check to see if any items are broken or have been damaged during the move and inform your insurance company (or the removal company, if you opted for removal insurance).
Take Care of the Logistics
Before, after, and even while you unpack, there are other considerations, such as settling in and taking care of the logistical side of moving into a new house. This step is important, as it can help reduce long-term anxiety and stress that can occur after moving. While your real estate agent or removal company might help you with some of the logistics, there are still a few things you need to sort out on your own.
Make sure you update your mailing and residential addresses with all the relevant parties – set up a forwarding address and make sure you are able to receive your utility bill at your new address (even if you receive your bill online). If you do not know the area very well, reach out to some of your new neighbours and ask them to give you a brief overview of the area. Finally, take some time to familiarise yourself with your new home and tackle any problems you notice as soon as possible.
A Few Last-Minute Tips Before the Big Move
It will be much easier to unpack after the big move if you pack correctly before the moving company even arrives at your door. To make it to the end, you have to start at the beginning. While you unpack, it helps to know which items are in which boxes. So, label all your items and belongings to make finding them easier when it’s time to unpack. Take ample photos of everything before packing so that you can compare them later on should an item get damaged. Also, make sure to use high-quality boxes to ensure that your items are well-protected during the moving process. When you choose Elliott as your removal company, we’ll make sure that your belongings are well looked after. For the purposes of packing, we make use of high-grade recyclable boxes that are durable and sturdy.
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