You are on your way. You have signed the tenancy agreement, and you love the house or apartment you have been lucky enough to lease. Then you wake in the night, wondering what you have signed on for. How are you going to get everything to your new home without losses and breakages, and without going insane? As a property management company in Hobart, we know what you are going through.
Both this and future tips in the series involve some common sense, a lot of boxes and packing material (but maybe not as many as you think), and an innovative and organized approach. This one also involves a lot of colourful sticky tape, paper or wide-tipped pens. Colour could be the thing that helps you know, literally, what is what, and what is where, at a very confusing time.
Boxes: Colour’s the key
The coloured paper or adhesive tape is not for tearing into strips, or crumpling up to ease your moving day frustrations. It is to keep things organized and save you a good deal of time. And that’s the part that relieves the stress.
Using color-coding, you can group everything together in the right place at your new home. This allows you to unpack one area at a time. You will not have to search through a huge pile of boxes packed ceiling high, only to find the box you want is probably in the bigger pile on the other side of the room, or maybe even somewhere else. Better still, you will not get distracted, and end up unpacking things intended for different places, until the first area is properly completed.
Exactly how far you want to go with categorizing your belongings is up to you. The further you choose to go, the more you can benefit.
A different kind of property management in Hobart
How to apply color-coding to managing your own “property”, from garage tools to kitchen spoons.
- The first step is to choose a colour for each room. Perhaps green for the kitchen, because that is where vegetables are cooked. Blue for the bathroom, because that is the colour of water. If memory by association does not work for you, keep a list of the colours you have assigned to each room or part of a room.
- Pack boxes with similar items so that they all fit one destination. As boxes are packed, and you tape them closed, attach the tape or paper (or draw lines with the felt-tipped pen) in the chosen colour. Be sure to cover all sides of two diagonally opposite corners to make it visible from all viewpoints.
- Take it a step further. Based on what is in the box, add extra dots or stickers so you can know exactly what is in it, and where it should go within a specific room. Again, using the kitchen as an example: The room code is green. Add one dot for crockery, two for glassware, three for small appliances and so on. Again, keep a list, so that you do not have to take a lucky dip approach to unpacking. You can then unpack one area of the room at a time.
This form of content coding means you alone will know what is in the box. We know you are not a suspicious person, but it is always best not to announce to the world exactly what you have in a box.
Making it easier
If applying tape and sticky paper seem too time-consuming, you could try using a colour spray and apply a quick spray across the diagonal corners of all boxes intended for one area. It would definitely have to be water soluble, like the temporary hair colour used for costume parties, just in case you mess a little in the process. You could also tie coloured string around the boxes in both directions.
At our property management company in Hobart, we want to assist you in any way we can to having a less stressful move. That’s because we care about our property owners and our tenants in Hobart and several of its suburbs. Feel free to contact us.
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