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Shifting made easy

Friday, February 24, 2017
By Property Team

Most of the times, while shifting home, we face many difficulties, from packing to unloading. Here are some important guidelines that can aid you during the procedure

Every one of us has a special bond with the things around us in the home. From sofa set, coffee cups, dining table we even love a particular corner in the house. To that extent, the home is an integral part of our life.

In a city like Mumbai, until we have a permanent house, we tend to shift. It may be due to change of job, interest or any other reason. Most people dread the idea of shifting as it involves a lot of work. Moreover, it is a complicated task. It begins with packing everything and then undoing all of it, just to set up the new home. The process can take days and disturb you routine for weeks to come. But, proper planning can make your shifting easy and smooth.

Start early
It’s a good idea to get off to an early start and collect basic packing materials well in advance if you are planning to shift house. This ensures that most of your packing is either half completed or properly planned out, which means fewer hassles and running around on the day when you actually start to pack up. To begin with, you will need plenty of wrapping paper, so save old newspapers. Do keep in mind, however, that the ink on some newsprint never thoroughly dries. Consequently, the goods you wrap in newspapers are most likely going to be soiled and will require cleaning after unpacking.

You will need many cartons in assorted sizes. All boxes should be in good condition and must have covers on them so that they can be closed and sealed. You can start collecting cartons from your local grocery shop, electronics shop. You can collect cartons from your regular raddiwallah shop also. An easy way to store cartons so that they won't require a great deal of storage is to open both ends of the cartons and flatten them out. You can open them up again and re-seal the bottoms with the plastic tape as soon as you are ready to use. Get plastic sealing tape rolls that are at least two inches wide. Get a permanent black marker for your packed cartons to label the contents and mention ‘fragile’, ‘This side up’ as appropriate.

Room-by-room basis
Don't pack items from the living room in cartons with articles from the kitchen. This will save much confusion later when it's time to unpack. If possible, start packing early. Remember, if you were to pack only a couple of boxes a day, in thirty days you would have packed sixty boxes. The rule of thumb here is small, heavy articles such as books, records, etc. would go in smaller boxes. Bulkier but not-so-heavy articles, such as pots and pans, linens, small kitchen appliances, etc. would go in somewhat larger boxes. Very bulky lightweight articles such as blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, large lampshades, shoes, etc. would go into largest boxes.

Keep these in mind

  • Make a List. Before you pack even one box. Plan a simple record keeping system. Number each box, and make a list of the box contents in a notebook.
  • Insist on keeping things together when you are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, extension cords with appliances.
  • Safeguard valued items
  • Keep important papers with you including: birth certificates, school records, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills and so on.
  • Cups and glasses may be placed one inside another and three or four wrapped in a bundle.
  • It's best to pack your small kitchen appliances like the toaster, can opener, etc. together in boxes rather than with other goods. Wrap each appliance individually with two or three sheets of your packing paper. Place each one in the box you have selected for appliances.
  • While packing tall table lamps, remove the lampshade and bulb and wrap the cord around the base of lamp. Do not pack anything with lampshades.
  • Wrap small home electronics equipment in plenty of foam padding, pack them in a box and load it on top of a soft item, such as a sofa.
  • Pack books flat so that the spines won't break, and don't jam them in tightly. Never pack fragile items with books.
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