Congratulations! After years of saving for a downpayment and paying for amortizations, and long hours spent looking for interior designers or looking at different color schemes, you’re finally ready to move into your beautiful condo unit.
But there’s still one challenge left to hurdle: packing and moving. Megaworld at the Fort gives this guide to make this transition as easy possible, so you can go on to the best part: living the good life at Megaworld at the Fort.
Give yourself a deadline
Try to estimate how much time you need to pack everything, and then double that. This gives you time to really make good decisions about what to bring with you and pack them in such a way that they’re easy to find. Cramming your packing–haphazardly throwing everything within reach into boxes–will only wastes time and add stress when you reach your new home.
Then, create mini goals and deadlines. Set one weekend for purging your clothes cabinet, and another weekend for packing books, souvenirs or decors that you won’t need until after you move in. You can also assign tasks. Maybe your partner can be in charge of packing the sound system and other gadgets, while you focus on packing your kids’ toys.
Make a list
Write down, by category, everything you need for each room. This will be the labels for your boxes. Ideally, further break down each category into “What I need right away” and “What goes into storage”.
For example, under “Kitchen” you would probably need: pots and pans, eating utensils, plates, glasses, etc. Separate what you’d probably want to access right away, and the non-essentials–like your mixer or baking tools–which you’d only look for once you’re settled in.
As you make your list, you’ll realize what you need to buy or what you have too much of. For example, you’ll see you have too many pots but no electric fan or high-quality knife. This makes it easier to decide what to give away (see next tip) and what to look for in your next trip to the mall.
Shop for packing supplies
- Large boxes. You can get these at office supply stores or supermarkets.
- Thick markers. For labelling. You can get black and red to automatically color code–a red marker indicates that the box contains fragile items.
- Packing tape. You can find those that come with tape dispenser or cutter.
- String or straw.
- Bubble wrap and newspapers. For wrapping fragile items.
- Rags and small brushes. Wipe and dust items before storing–good way to clean everything before you move in!
- Small plastic bags. Great for segregating items within a large box. Can also keep small items together.
Don’t bring your junk
Before you pack anything into a single box, discard or give away things that you don’t need or have use for. Condo living is a great chance to streamline and keep only what you love and adds to your quality of life. Don’t be a packrat! Grab this chance to start fresh and fill your new home with things that inspire and help you.
To accomplish this, we suggest getting three big boxes labelled with “Throw”, “Give Away” and “Keep.” If you’re torn, ask yourself these simple questions.
- Have I used this in the last year?
- Can I see myself using this in the next three months?
- Given the chance, would I buy this again?
Make a master list
Write down the number of large appliances, boxes, and bags that you ended up with. This can help you keep track of your things on the day of the move, and immediately find out if you’re missing everything. Don’t rely on your memory–you’ll be so busy and tired that day that you won’t be able to notice if you’re missing a box or two.
Mark boxes according to room
This makes it easy for you and the movers you hired to unload the items and bring them to the assigned room.
Find a mover
You can them in online directories or the Yellow Pages. You’ll have to tell them how many items you’re transporting so that they can choose the best vehicle for the job: a large truck may be expensive, but more cost-efficient than a small van making multiple trips.
Move what you can
Start transferring smaller, non-essential items as soon as you can. This can include items that are too fragile or precious to risk being handled recklessly by movers during the day of the move. For example:
- Vases and other glass décor
- Small, light appliances like food processors or grills
- Plates. You will probably just want to use paper plates in the days right before or after you pack.
As a general rule, keep only items that are very valuable or that you will use up to the week before your move date. You can store these essentials in a suitcase or a plastic box for easy access. Here are some things you might want to have around:
- Clothes, including enough for the first week after you move in!
- Work or school essentials (laptop, books, phones)
- Important documents (passport, land titles, etc.). Ideally, have someone you trust keep these for you so that these don’t inadvertently get lost during the move.
- Jewelry and other valuables.
- One or two electric fans to keep you cool until you move
Plan the Logistics of Move Day
- Clear your schedule: take leave from work. You’ll need time to pack and unpack, so this may take about a week.
- Find someone to watch young children so they’ll be safe and out of the way. (Note: you may want to ask a friend to watch them for the first few days, too, to give you a chance to settle in before they return.)
- Get a permit from the condo association. Ask about the procedures (i.e., what elevators can you use, and do you need to submit the names of the movers or anyone who is helping you with the transfer?)
- Assign tasks and get help. Can your brother help you bring the smaller boxes to the new condo? Who will stay at the old house to supervise the movers as they load the boxes, and who will receive them at the condo?
- Move the boxes that you want the movers to load first closer to the doorway. IF you have several small boxes, consider tying them together with straw or string so they’re easier to handle.
Important tasks for the last month
- Alert utilities, banks, credit card, cable and phone companies, etc. about your change in address.
- Arrange for electricity and water to be available at your new condo the week before the move. Check faucets, light switches, etc. to make sure that they’re working.
- If needed, reapply for cable, phone and other services in your area.
- Give the new condo a good cleaning.
Moving doesn’t have to be a hassle! These tips from Megaworld can help keep things simple and manageable. Welcome to the Megaworld community!