WELCOME TO YOUR NEW HOME

A move requires a great deal of organization if we want to return to normal life in the shortest possible time. It does not matter if you move 500m or thousands of kilometres away. As soon as you know that you are moving, start planning. If it is not your first move, you will know that in the end you always wish you had another week.

If you want someone professional to take care of everything, from beginning to end, from the request of several quotations of moving companies to the complete organization of all your equipment and subsequent needs that may arise, do not hesitate to contact me. Start a new episode of your life as soon as possible, in a quiet way and enjoy your new home.

HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE MOVE

 

NECESSARY MATERIAL

  • Small boxes
  • Medium boxes
  • Large boxes
  • Closet boxes. A wardrobe can be made with a large and tall enough box. You just have to add a metal rail that you can buy at a hardware store or even on eBay.
  • Special adhesive tape for packing. (Not insulation tape)
  • Scissors
  • Bubble wrap
  • Wrapping paper or old newspapers.
  • Thick permanent markers
  • Large circular red labels containing the word fragile

Pharmacies and stationers receive merchandise daily and could provide you with many boxes. Beware of supermarket boxes as they may contain insects, liquor stores have strong boxes. Moving companies usually sell packaging material even if they do not perform the final service. If you still cannot find any and you have to go to department stores to buy them, make sure they are of good quality. You will be thankful in the end.

 

HOW, WHEN AND WHERE TO START

1. Start packing as soon as possible. It is advisable to start 2 months in advance for large houses. 1 month in advance for medium-sized houses and at least 15 days for apartments and small houses. This time estimate is not an exact rule, of course, but it will help you get organized ahead of time.

2. Start with the rooms you use the least and for those items such as clothes from other seasons, garden tools, Christmas decorations, ornaments and pictures.

3. Make a detailed inventory. Few moving companies apply this method because it requires many hours of work, but is the most efficient and never fails:

  • As you fill each box add it to your list.
  • Write in detail on a sheet and as an inventory what is contained in the "No. X" box that you have just filled.
  • Close it properly and continue from the first to the last box.

When you make the transfer, if you have a room where all the boxes can go, make sure that they are stacked consecutively. If this is not the case, having clearly identified each box, you can allocate them to the corresponding rooms. In this way the unpacking will be much easier and orderly.

4. The boxes must not exceed 20 kg in weight to ensure that they are easily handled and to prevent them from breaking during transport.

5. Use small boxes for books, medium for ornamentation and crockery and large ones for clothes.

6. The boxes must be completely filled to avoid breakage. Use packing paper or newspaper to fill empty spaces in the boxes and thus avoid the movement of objects inside.

7. Place a red sticker or some badge that indicates fragile, on the boxes containing breakable items to determine the position of these boxes in the load and prevent damage by other heavier items.

8. When closing the boxes, make sure you do it like a professional. Close the box so that the caps are kissed and the adhesive tape passes between them. Be generous and cover 3 sides of the box. Perform the same operation in the opposite direction. The heavier boxes, such as those containing books, will need reinforcing over the edges.

9. Ensure thorough cleaning of your new residence before moving in. If necessary, hire the service of professionals. It is much more effective to perform in depth cleaning of a house without furniture.

10. Take measurements of all bulky furniture and make sure they fit through the doors, elevator or windows if necessary.

11. If you have to disassemble furniture, keep all small parts in plastic bags with airtight seal. Identify which piece of furniture belongs to each bag and place them all together in a box, along with any tools that you might need to assemble again: Allen keys, screwdrivers, clamps, hammer, etc.

12. Take photos of complicated electrical equipment to make it faster and easier to mount it later.

PREPARATION FOR THE TRANSFER: CONTRACTING A MOVING COMPANY

AS SOON AS YOU HAVE THE DATE OF YOUR TRANSFER

  1. As soon as you know that you are going to move, if you are renting, let the landlord know. If possible, also confirm the exact day on which you will leave the house and write a letter to that end.
  2. Make sure that you have complied with all the requirements to request the return of any deposit that has been paid. If it is necessary to paint the house or make any repairs, it is better to do it as soon as possible.
  3. Make an inventory of everything you are going to move. The removal companies usually request it, although they subsequently make a personal visit to specify details and ensure the work to be done.
  4. Request at least 3 quotes from moving companies. In your request you must include the exact addresses of origin and destination as well as the description of access to the homes (1st or 2nd floor, elevator ...) Ask for references and consult the conditions and limits of the insurance with which they work.
  5. Consider renting a garage or storage room for a while, if you think it will take you some time to unpack your belongings.

6 WEEKS BEFORE

  1. Notify service providers (electricity, water, gas and electricity, telephone company, banking and insurance services) of the change of address.
  2. Sell, donate, give and recycle. It is the right time to get rid of everything that you no longer use. Think that the fewer possessions, the more economical and agile a move is. There are multiple applications and websites for the sale of second-hand items: eBay, Wallapop, Facebook Marketplace, Milanuncios, Vibbo (the well-known second hand), Sellfun (specialized in electronics: mobile and tablets), Letgo (alternative to Wallapop), Chicfy (buying and selling clothes), BKIE (second hand for cyclists). If you have friends to help you with the move, offering them something you plan to sell can be a way to reward their support.

3 WEEKS BEFORE

  1. (Optional) Start packing non-necessary items such as clothing from other seasons and books. If you hire a moving company, keep in mind that the insurance will not cover the boxes that you have packed. Let professionals take care of fragile items or items that require special packaging, if you have never packed before. If you are a handyman and you already have experience, prepare all the boxes you can to save costs. In addition you will find and quickly identify what is in each of them when you have to unpack them.
  2. Check the post office for the possibility of forwarding your postal mail.
  3. Make a list of people who should be informed about your transfer.

2 DAYS BEFORE

  1. Defrost the refrigerator and freezer. Clean it well and let it dry for at least 24 hours. This will be ready for your transfer on time. If you do not take it, it is also advisable to leave it clean and disconnected.
  2. Prepare a folder with all the important documents you may need in the next few days and to ensure that they are not lost in the transfer: passport, ID card, bank cards and booklets. Cash, rental contract if applicable...
    Leave organized a box with the items that you will need the first night: toiletries, medication, towels, cups, plates, glasses and cutlery and some cleaning products. By now you will be a little restless and memory can play a trick on you, leaving your pyjamas in the depths of a box.
  3. Prepare a checklist to help you with this task.

MOVING WITH ANIMALS. PRACTICAL TIPS

Our pets, whether dogs, cats, fish, birds or iguanas, are accustomed to certain daily routines, and they will be the first to notice that something is happening and not just on the day of the move! If you have started packing boxes a few weeks ago, it is very possible that they are already wondering the reason for so much activity. As much as possible keep your daily routine until the day of transfer.

  1. Prepare a bag with everything you need to care for your pet in the coming days: food, water, blanket, toys, candy, necklace and brush. Depending on the kind of animal, you will need to add other items such as litter for the tray in the case of cats.
  2. Visit the vet and tell him you are moving. You will receive advice and warnings that you have not thought about. You can also take advantage of this visit to update the data of the subcutaneous chip and check its vaccinations are up to date.
  3. Ideally, someone they trust and feel safe with should accompany them that day. If this is not possible, reserve the quietest and most sheltered area of the house. Prepare their bed, and leave some toys and enough water and food. Make sure it has good ventilation and that the temperature is adequate. Visit it regularly to verify that everything is okay.
  4. Always carry your animal with you. Under no circumstances allow them to travel in the moving van or truck, even if you have a carrier and the moving company assures you that it will be fine. Taking your pet with you will not only reassure them but you will avoid enormous stress. Remember to follow the *rules of circulation in regard to the transport of pets.
  5. Move your pet last and prepare a corner where you can accommodate them at least for the first few days. Leave their bed, blanket and toys close to them, and keep it surrounded by familiar objects so that the change is not too abrupt.
  6. If you have fish, you should know that removals usually have fatal consequences for them. If the trip is short you could transport them in a bag with water from your own tank or fish tank but if the trip is long you should consider leaving them with a relative or friend.
  7. In the case of birds, they suffer the same stress or more than the fish and will take advantage of the slightest chance to escape. Keep them in the cage on the day of the move and for a few days later, until they adjust to their new home.

WHAT IS THE SERVICE CARRIED OUT BY A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER WHEN YOU MOVE HOUSE?

I will help you from start to finish; from obtaining of several quotations from removal companies that will take care of the transfer of all the boxes and furniture, to the complete arrangement of all the belongings, where I personally enter the scene in a more visible way. The whole process supervised and without worries. Do you need advice on decorating, buying additional furniture or home accessories? Do you need a carpenter to adapt existing furniture?
Do you need the services of painters, electricians, plumbers or masons? No problem, I will take care of everything. We can even work together and I can help you a few weeks before the move, in the organization and preparation of what you will take and what you will leave.