Having moved house 5 times in the last 8 years I think I’ve gotten quite good at the whole packing malarky. My friends are usually blown away by my level of organisation and even the professional packers that come and do the actual wrapping and boxing are impressed. And I really have to say the key for me is in the run up to the actual date.… I don’t work well in chaos and to the annoyance of all those around me I am just very well organised.
Everything has its place and I can probably find most things in my house with my eyes closed…… scary but true.
We have used different companies to do the actual packing and shipping every time. Not through choice, simply some companies have a better representation in certain countries and have local offices etc. Sterling Relocation took us from London to Hong Kong, Crown Relocations took us from SIN to USA and then from USA to CH and Asian Tigers took us from HK to SIN and also a move within SIN. We have had excellent service from all the companies we have used.
Unfortunately all relocation companies are only as good as the person who actually physically wraps the items and often this job is sub-contracted out anyway. I would highly suggest getting professionals in to do this job. Its expensive if you have to pay yourself, and make sure you tell them this when you get a quote - but what price can you put on sanity ??
When it comes to packing and moving I am usually one step ahead of lots of people, simply because I am quite organised to start with, that aside here is my bullet point list of how to cope with the minimum amount of stress when the actual packing and loading the lorry day arrives…
When putting together the boxes list it is also helpful to write descriptions on the actual paper shipping list of what is inside each box. When we moved to Switzerland I had the floor plan of the flat and I enlarged it and printed it out. I was able to write on the plan the numbers of the boxes that needed to go in every room. (see photo) Once you get boxes up flights of stairs you don’t want to have to take them back down again. Get it right the first time. As I had good thorough lists I was able to take my time and do this properly in advance of the unpacking day and everything went very smoothly. The people who arrived to unpack had a bit of a giggle at my instructions but it saved LOADS of time and dramas in the long run and when they left they admitted I had a great system. They thought I was bossy and controlling but I was the one laughing because after 4 days I had completely unpacked a 3 bed house, everything had a home and I was able to have friends over for dinner that weekend.
Last but not least... Have a bottle of bubbles and a few champagne glasses 'borrowed' from a local bar or restaurant to say good bye when everything has been packed and the day is over. I would also book a last night (or even 2) in a local hotel. Just in case there are any last minute hitches. Its easier than being on a plane and realising you didn't do a final meter reading or you forgot to disconnect the internet service !!
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