The first stage of a move is pre-planning and packing. The second stage is loading the truck. The third stage is the delivery of furniture to your new home, and the final step is unpacking all your cartons and putting items away.
If you choose to have a moving company pack some or all your cartons, unpacking services are a great option to include. Unpacking with a moving company means they will remove items from the cartons, place them on the closest available surface, and take away all the debris from your home.
Many people prefer to do their unpacking so they can go at their own pace. However, if you have a lot to unpack and require assistance, arrange for a service where the mover supplies an unpacker to work with you over a period of days to complete all the unpacking and place items as directed by you in cupboards or closets.
If you have done all your own packing, the job of unpacking will fall to you. To stay organized, create an unpacking plan that will make tackling this much easier:
1. Properly Mark Cartons Before the Move
Label the cartons by room designation and contents, so you will save time and avoid frustration when it is time to unpack.
2. Unpack Bed Linens and Bathroom Essentials on Move-In Day
With any typical household, it can take six to eight hours to get everything moved in. The last thing you want to do is spend many more hours unpacking boxes. Ensure the beds are set up by unpacking the linens, towels, and toiletries so everyone can get a good’s night rest.
3. Set Up for Breakfast
It is a good idea to eat out on the first night in your new home. Pick up a few breakfast essentials if you are planning on breakfast at the new house. From there, you will need to unpack a few dishes, coffee maker and toaster, etc., before calling it a night; this will give you an excellent start to your next day.
4. Unpack the Kitchen
For most families, the kitchen is the hub of the home. Have a few cleaning cloths on hand so you can wipe down the insides of your cupboards. Most people prefer to wash their dishes before they put them away. Unpack the dishes first so they can go in the dishwasher. Then unpack pots and pans, small appliances, baking pans, cutlery, etc. Put everything away where they will be most convenient for everyday use.
6. Unpacking Clothing
Tackle the bedrooms next by unpacking clothing and putting them in the closets or dressers. Then move on to other small items like books and décor.
5. Unpack Dining Room Dishes
If you have a separate set of dishes for your dining room, unpack them next and wash them if necessary. Other items that go with your dining hutch or buffet can also be unpacked at this time and put away.
7. Unpack Wall Art and Accessories
Remove pictures and mirrors from their cartons so you can decide where they will be placed. Use proper picture hangers or other hardware to hang these items. Have some essential tools on hand like a level, hammer, and power drill to put them on the walls.
8. Unpack Tools, Garage Items, and Garden Supplies
Once the house is set up, you can move to items typically stored in the basement, garage, or garden shed.
9. Fold Boxes and Separate Packing Paper
As you work through your home, unpacking on a room-by-room basis, take the time to break down cartons and put packing paper into clear garbage bags so they can be recycled.
10. Repack Items for Storage
As you unpack, if you find things that you will not be using for a while, repack these items and store them away in the basement or garage. Ensure to put new labels on these cartons so they will be easy to identify.
By following these easy steps, you’ll find moving house less overwhelming, and your new place will feel like home sooner. For more information, call Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-671-6683.