AN EXTENSIVE GUIDE TO MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE PART 3: LABELLING AND MANAGING YOUR INVENTORY

As we’ve been discussing, the act of moving house is no easy exploit. So as promised, 77 Great Estates thought decided to shed light on further ways to make this tiresome activity all the more doable and most importantly, bearable.

Labelling and Managing Your Inventory

Unmarked boxes are a drag when unpacking, especially since there are so many ways to keep track of your belongings – and label them usefully. Granted, it can be difficult to find a system that works best for you. The most common method involves a black marker and room names on your boxes. Some find this method really annoying, however, because you generally have to bend yourself in an awkward position to write on the box. Moreover, Space to write is also a concern, especially when it comes to smaller boxes.

Searching the list for what you're looking for can also be more difficult since firstly because you have lots of items on the box and secondly because you can't search hand-written text. This is why inventory and labelling is one of those things best organised on a computer – or at least electronically in some way.

Invest in some Mobile Inventory Software

While there are some specific options for keeping a detailed database of your items, many don’t tackle moves. Luckily, nowadays there are quite a number of free or low-cost mobile apps to walk you through the entire packing, moving, and unpacking process. Whether it’s taking pics your stuff and adding them to specific boxes, weighing items, assigning lists, scanning and labelling… well we think you catch our drift, the list goes on and on. When you're all over the apartment and you still don't know where to start, being able to rely on one of these apps is important. You need to have everything handy, and using your phone is an enormous help, to say the least!

Labelling by Weight (and other practical tips)

Generally, labelling by room goes without saying, and labelling boxes with their specific contents listed, can also be useful. Ironically, what many people don't think about when moving a box, is actually moving it. A box is a very rudimentary-looking object that isn’t very telling just by its form. Relevant to moving, you don't know which side ought to be upright and how much it weighs. When actually moving the boxes from one place to another, weight and orientation are significant. For instance, you want to avoid placing a heavy box on top of a light one. Labeling your boxes with relative weight (light, medium and heavy) will make each journey to and from the vehicle far easier.

Be careful, however, because you need to keep in mind that there are certain situations where you might not want the contents of your box exposed to the world – so, if for example there's something expensive in the box and you can't watch the moving van every single second of the move you might want to be cautious about the way those specific boxes are marked.

Are you thinking about moving house? If so,keep in mind that if you'd like to buy or rent property in Malta or Gozo, you should contact 77 Great Estates today, so one of our helpful estate agents can guide you towards finding the ideal place that fits all your preferences and needs down to a tee.

And remember to stay tuned for part three of this segment!

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