With some organized planning in advance and clear delegation of duties for all members of your family, packing for a major house move can be manageable. After all, this should be an exciting process as you usher in a new adventure in a new place. Professional movers in Metro Manila can help, but you’ll want to have your own system in place so you know exactly where things are and what should done. This will help you coordinate with your movers more efficiently.
Some of these tips will help you think through the process more clearly and manage your move with more order.
Start by decluttering
There’s no point wasting time and money packing and moving unwanted items to your new place. Start by having a decluttering party with your family! Blast some music, go through your cupboards and shelves and purge things you no longer want and need. Pack up all the old stuff and donate it to a local charity that will find better use for your things. This is a good opportunity to teach your children to not be hoarders and to think of those who are less fortunate. You’ll realise that you need a lot less than you think.
Make Lists and Schedules
Sit down and spend some time thinking through all the essential tasks that will need to be tackled. Categorize them, assign timelines and individuals responsible for each. Important tasks to add to your master list:
- Packing items in all rooms.
- Utilities – cancellations for your old home, set up for your new home.
- Do a change of address, redirect your mail. Make sure your banks, insurance, schools and others are notified.
- Hiring movers in the Philippines.
Gather all the packing supplies
Find all supplies you have at home and make a list for a supply run. Keep a detailed list to avoid having to go to the store multiple times. Go for quality packing materials as cheap ones will give out easily, creating chaos. We suggest you consult the professional moving company that you are hiring. Most of them provide the supplies as well. There are the essential items you’ll need:
- Boxes and cartons of different sizes
- Padding supplies
- Bubble wrap
- Wrapping paper
- Heavy duty packaging tape
- Labeling stickers
- Marker pens
Maximise use of existing items
Save cost and reduce waste by doubling some of your existing possessions as packing materials. Bedding and clothes can substitute for padding, especially for fragile items. Reduce the number of boxes you have to purchase by making good use of all your suitcases, baskets, bins, etc. Stuff them with things you have to move. Use rolling suitcases for heavier items like books.
Take photos of electronics with complicated set ups
Prevent frustration later with electronics that have a dozen connected wires. Snap a photo for reference after you unplug everything and have to reconnect them at your new home.
Pack essentials for your family and bring them with you
Most of the time, you’ll arrive at your new place exhausted. The last thing you’d want to do is to have to look for your toothbrush in one of your several “bathroom” boxes just to get to it. When packing, get a suitcase or box ready to include essential items for each member of your family. This should include the key things that they will need to use in the first 2 – 3 days — toiletries, clean sheets, cups for drinking, clean clothing, phone chargers.
Leave the heavy lifting to your movers
A professional moving service will have the expertise on how to pack and move specific things. If you have expensive art pieces, electronics or valuable furniture, talk to them about the specific items so that they will make note of them. They are also more skilled in packing breakables, such as your dinner plates and glasses. They’ll be able to do it much quicker and with more care than inexperienced movers like us. Find a reliable professional house mover or relocation service in Metro Manila via Gawin.
Hire a part time maid or house cleaning service
In order for you to stay focused on the move, we recommend that you consider outsourcing your house cleaning when you clear out your old place and when you move into your new home. Having some help will provide peace of mind. Gawin provides up to 5 quotes for house cleaning services in Metro Manila. For your new location, you can also look for a full-time or part-time maid service through Gawin!