If you own a big back yard, garage, patio, and even some storage shed, you might already know that you’ll need to spend quite a bit of time moving all of your outdoor items to get to your new house. However, a moving company will schedule an ideal time for you to pack all of your outdoor items, no matter what weather they face on that particular day. The problem is that no one wants to think about the weather when it’s happening, so many people just hope that everything will get here just fine. This is a huge mistake, though, because if you prepare in advance for any type of weather, even bad weather, it can make the move much easier on you.
In most cases, it’s a good idea to have your belongings packed and ready for moving to a new home before you even leave the house. This means that if it starts to rain, or you get lucky and it doesn’t rain for an extended period of time, you won’t have to worry about getting soaked when you’re walking through your garage or trying to unpack all of your belongings at the same time. With just a little preparation, your move can go off without a hitch. And if you have some special items, like a rusted-out tub that you haven’t unpacked in years, it’s even better to be prepared than it would be if you were to try to use whatever you had left from your home to pack up your belongings.
The first thing that you need to do is make a checklist of all of your moving day tasks. This will make it easier for you to remember what needs to be done and when, especially as the weeks roll by. Add any special notes that you need to include as well. For instance, if you need to call a specific friend or family member to pick up your belongings on your Move-Out Day, write that down. This way, if you forget to arrange for someone to come and pick up your boxes on your Move-In Day, you’ll be able to call them and ask if they can pick them up. Otherwise, you might lose all of your prized possessions in the mover truck.
Before you begin packing your outdoor items inside your new home, it’s important to remember one very important thing: light and airy items inside are easier to move than heavy ones. So it’s crucial to think about what pieces of your inside furniture are actually stable. Do you have hard wood flooring, or carpeting? Or are you dealing with rugs or linoleum? This is the type of information that will help you decide what items you should keep in storage, and that you should put up on the ground and into the moving truck.
Once you’ve determined which fragile items should be kept inside the moving truck and which can be put up on the ground and carted away, then you can start preparing for the actual moving process. The first step in packing your outdoor furniture will be to remove any cushions, any throw pillows, and any other items that could potentially be broken during the move. Then you want to make sure you label every square inch of your garage with tape or strong tape. You want to make sure there are no crumpled pieces sticking out of your garage, so label each square inch clearly.
Now we’re off to the actual moving process. The next thing you want to do when packing your outdoor items is to get rid of anything that is not permanent fixtures in your home. If you have wooden deck furniture, for example, then you’ll want to make sure that the legs of that kind of furniture are screwed into the floor. If you have wrought iron furniture, then you’ll want to make sure the legs of that kind of furniture are screwed into the wall behind your new house. Having these things secured will help protect them from becoming damaged in the long run. Just like everything else you own, it’s in your best interest to protect them as much as possible in the event that they become damaged.
Now that everything is securely fastened to the ground, you can start doing your actual moving inside the new home. Now that you know what needs to be done, take special care when unpacking your outdoor items. Any fragile ones you need to keep on a shelf or other container should be packed separately. Otherwise, they will become susceptible to damage in the moving truck or in transit. As well, you need to make sure that all boxes marked ‘fragile’ or ‘heavy duty’ are properly filled, because if they’re not, then they might actually be too light to carry.
After your belongings have been properly packed, you will be ready to unpack them. Make sure you take extra time in the packing process to make sure everything fits as neatly as possible in its place. The last thing anyone wants is to have to move an entire furniture room just to get one little sofa. Don’t make the mistake of rushing through this step, or you might end up with a lot of headaches on top of the moving. Wait a few days for the movers to arrive at your home to do their final packing. This will ensure that no small but critical items will be missed in the rush.