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Moving Tips and Hacks

Looking to have an easy house move? Check out these articles where industry specialists share their moving tips on everything and get all the information you need to plan a smooth removal!

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13 More Moving Tips and Hacks

Moving house is very exciting yet can be a daunting task. Whether you’re moving within South Africa or moving to another country for the first time, careful planning and organization are key to a successful move and more peace of mind! Check out are 13 invaluable tips and hacks to help you navigate the process of moving house and packing in South Africa. From decluttering to logistics, let’s make your move a smooth and stress-free experience!

Create a Moving Checklist

To keep track of tasks, deadlines, and important contacts, create a detailed moving checklist. It will guide you through the entire moving process, just like a roadmap.

Did you know? Sirelo has a pre-made checklist available for download, which you can use to ensure that you don’t miss anything!

Declutter Before Packing

A helpful tip before you begin packing for your move is to first review your belongings and get rid of items you no longer need. You can separate them into categories such as keep, donate, sell, or discard. This will not only give you a fresh start in your new home but also reduce the amount you need to carry and ultimately lower your moving expenses!

Take Inventory

Once you finished decluttering your belongings, a good moving hack is to create an inventory list of your belongings before you start packing. By being more organized, this moving tip will help you keep track of everything and serve as a reference if any items go missing or get damaged during the move.

Plan Ahead

A last-minute rush to organize things for your move can add unnecessary stress, which is the last thing you want during a move. Start planning for your move with plenty of time in advance to avoid any stress. A few things we recommend you to plan early:

  • Book a moving company: Start researching movers and compare moving quotes and reviews from different providers to find one that provides quality services at an affordable price.
  • Notify utility companies: If you’re moving abroad, it’s important to inform utility companies to avoid paying for services you’re no longer using. If you’re moving house within South Africa, make sure to inform utility companies in advance to avoid any inconvenience such as a lack of electricity, water, or internet services.
  • Inform all relevant institutions: Before changing your address, it is important to inform any relevant parties, such as your bank, to ensure that you continue to receive all of your mail at the correct location.

Consider Hiring Professionals

Do you have a large household or just are limited by time? Then you might want to consider hiring professional movers. If your budget allows it, moving companies have a lot of expertise and detain equipment to handle the logistics of your move efficiently and safely.

Organize Packing Supplies

Gather all necessary packing supplies before you start with the process. Below are the essential supplies you’ll need:

  • Moving boxes, that you can either buy or find for free;
  • Packing tape, make sure to invest in good quality tape;
  • Bubble wrap;
  • Markers and labels.

Having these items ready will save you time and help you stay organized during the packing process when moving house.

Pack Room by Room

Pack one room at a time to maintain order and prevent chaos. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This moving tip will make unpacking much easier and more efficient.

✍🏼Sirelo’s moving tip: If you’re moving within South Africa, doing it by yourself is easier than moving abroad. It’s best to hire professionals to help you with the paperwork and other logistics involved in international moves. They can assist you with relocation matters and administrative documentation to prepare.

Arrange for Pet and Plant Care

If you have pets or plants, remember to plan for their care when moving. You could either board your pets or ask a trustworthy friend or family member to take care of them. It’s important not to forget about our furry friends during the moving process!

Packing House Tips

To optimize space, avoid injuries and breakage, and ensure smooth transportation of your belongings, check out our moving tips to make sure you pack efficiently!

Protect Fragile Items

Take extra care when packing your fragile items. Wrap them in bubble wrap or soft packing paper. Make sure to clearly mark the moving boxes as ‘Fragile’ to ensure they receive special handling during the move.

✍🏼Sirelo’s moving tip: Are you trying to keep your expenses low while moving? One way to do this is by using clothing, linens, and bedding to wrap fragile items.

Use Vacuum-Sealed Bags

Maximize your packing space by using vacuum-sealed bags for clothing, bedding, and linens. These types of bags minimize the volume of your items, making them easier to transport.

✍🏼Sirelo’s moving hack: If you’re moving alone and intend to rent a van, consider using vacuum-sealed bags. This can help to save space and possibly allow you to rent a smaller van and spend less money!

Pack Heavy Items in Small Boxes

When packing heavy items, use smaller boxes to make them easier to carry. Avoid overloading boxes to prevent injuries or damages.

✍🏼Sirelo’s moving tip: To ensure that the people lifting and transporting the boxes are aware of their weight, consider labelling them as ‘Heavy‘.

Stay Organized and Label Everything

Throughout the packing and moving process, the key to everything is maintaining a high level of organization. Clearly label all moving boxes with their contents, destination rooms, and whether they’re heavy or fragile. Unpacking will be easier and faster in your new home if you use this method. Your future self will appreciate it!

Pack an Essentials Box

Don’t forget to prepare a box or a bag with essential items you’ll need upon arrival at your new home. What do you need to include? All items you will need to use in the following two weeks upon your move. A few things to include:

  • Toiletries
  • Clothing
  • Medications
  • Important documents
  • Basic kitchen supplies

And Now?

Moving house can be a smooth and hassle-free experience with the right approach. By following these 13 tips and tricks, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle every aspect of it. Make sure to check out our other articles for more experts moving tips. We wish you good luck!