What to cook when moving

Recipes you can make when your kitchen is being packed

Packing the kitchen means to pack and store appliances in moving boxes. You will not be able to access any appliance or refrigerated food stuff. You get limited time to cook as you also have to pack rest of the house.

I am sharing some quick and delicious recipes that you can make using  a hot plate. Hot plates are versatile and a super useful kitchen tool.  They are light weight and can easily be packed at the very end.  And all you needone pan and pot when it comes to these recipes. You can create delicious and nutritious meals even when your kitchen is being packed.

1. Creamy Vegetable Soup
You can use leftover vegetables of your choice like carrot, capsicum, beans, steam them together with the spice of your choice. Creamy vegetable soup is a quick recipe that you can prepare using a hot plate. Just chop them all and add to your pan to boil. Add your choice of seasonings and salt and voila! You can enjoy this soup with yummy sandwiches.

2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Brush one side of bread slice with melted butter, assemble cheese slices on top of bread, now top with another piece of bread. Brush some more butter on top. The grilled sandwich can be cooked in 2-3 minutes. You can prepare this comfort food on a pan on your hot plate.

3. Mixed Roasted Vegetables and Pasta
Take some vegetables of your choice and roast it in 2 tablespoons on olive oil and season the vegetables in a pan. Cook whole wheat pasta in a separate pot. Drain them and add to the roasted vegetables and stir. Top it will yummy shredded mozzarella cheese and spices.

4. Banana French Toast
Banana french toast will make a yummy and healthy snacks during the hectic moving task. To prepare a french toast, you need to start with preparing banana sauce. Take a pan, melt butter, add banana pieces and brown sugar. Take a mixing bowl and add 4 eggs, few teaspoons of milk, few drops of vanilla extract mix well. Take a pan, add butter and dip the bread in egg mixture. Take a pan and cook bread on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Take out the french toast and top it with yummy banana sauce.

5. Eggs
The healthiest and quickest recipes can be prepared on hot plates, you just need few eggs, and a frying pan. You can add some finely chopped vegetable to the omelet mix to make it more healthy. My personal favorite is seasoned scrambled eggs.

You can always mix and match the ingredients of your choice to make a yummy starter and meals even when your kitchen is not fully set up.

Items You Should Pack Yourself

Professional packing and moving companies are very efficient when it comes to proper planning and moving things to a new place but there are certain things that you should pack yourself.

Jewels

Jewelry are small but valuable items that should only be handled by you. This will ensure that they are packed with proper care by their owners during the move.

Essential documents

It is very important to have access to personal documents like birth certificate, mark sheet, marriage certificate, tax returns, passports, licenses etc. There are chances these documents could be difficult to find during the moving and unpacking process. It is better to have the documents with you so that it can be used whenever needed.

Pictures

Packing pictures can be costly, movers bring their own packing materials and boxes like bubble wrap, papers etc so that the photos are not broken during move. You can pack the pictures by yourself using towels, bedsheets etc. This will also help you to save some money.

Electronics

Moving staff take extra care while packing the electronics but packing them yourself can save some money and you also can be double sure about the safety.

Personal Items

Sensitive or personal items can be anything that you are not comfortable showing to your guest it can be lingeries, pictures, adult books etc. It is better to pack it yourself to prevent awkwardness.

Cash

It is always safe to deposit a huge amount of money in the bank. If you are planning to move money with you, do it yourself.

Heirlooms

It can include a family piece of art, antique collection or anything  of high sentimental values. It is better to transport and move them by yourself or ensure you have packed them safely.

Survival bag

It is best to pack a bag which may not be full of expensive things but is essential when you have to spend initial days at the new house. Make sure to include essentials like medications, extra clothes, toiletries, charging cable, extra keys of the old and new house, alarm clock, batteries, basic cleaning supplies and other necessary tools. You can add whatever is important to be packed in your survival bag.

Pets

Little pets are part of the family and you must take proper care of them. In case you have a pet bird, pack the cage at last. Make sure to pack extra bird food too. Several companies specialize in shipping animals but it is better to move the pets yourself and treat them with love.

Plants

Plants have good chances of survival during the relocation when treated well, take adequate measures to pack them. Make sure to pack all the precious belongings carefully yourself, if some  valuable is lost or damaged during the relocation it would be because of negligence, better safe than sorry.

How to Unpack

Tips on Unpacking After Moving

Packing your entire house and after a big move, you will find yourself between piles of furniture and boxes. The job of unpacking is very daunting and intimidating. But, it’s inevitable, no matter how much you may want to put it off! Do not open and unpacking everything at a time or in the same day. To start with consider the most basic and essential needs and  unpack the boxes accordingly. It is advisable to focus on one room at a time.

Before opening those boxes, it is important to give your new home a good cleaning. The landlord may have cleaned but it is still better to do some dusting and wipe down everything.

Unpacking The Kitchen

It is prudent to unpack and set up the kitchen enough to function. All the moving and unpacking is bound to make everyone hungry. Do not unpack everything in the kitchen, you can start with unpacking and organizing the essentials first. It is best to skip unpacking the less frequently used tools and items – like your baking utensils and expensive crockery. You can arrange them once you have settled down well and things seem to be back to normal.

Unpacking the Bathroom

The next important thing to organize is the bathroom. Consider unpacking the shared bathroom first, that can be used by everyone at home if you have children. Ensure all the plumbing work is done in advance, check the function and then arrange toiletries in place. After the hot sweaty day of moving and unpacking, everyone wants a relaxing shower.

Unpacking the Bedroom

You would be already exhausted  packing, moving and unpacking your home. Don’t be upset if you were not able to set up the bedroom on the first night – just flop down on your mattresses and go to sleep. You can take help of the packers and movers to assemble the beds and mattress. This will reduce your burden, you can later unpack and arrange the belongings.

Unpacking the Living Room

After setting up the kitchen and bathroom, you can unpack the rest without any urgency. You can start focusing on the living room, before unpacking the furniture and other things prepare a rough draft of the room and plan in advance how you want to arrange your furniture. This will make the entire process easy and error free. you can lift and place the couch once you have finalized the sketch of the living room.

Some additional Tips

  1. Once you unpack a decoration item or a wall art, keep it to the side. You can move it as per your choice later on.
  2. Avoid electronics like TV and smart phones for few days, this will help you to focus on getting organized. You can watch the TV after you have unpacked your belongings.
  3. Take time to setup kids room and play area, meanwhile, you can allocate a dedicated room to keep the boxes.
  4. Plan the room that you want to unpack first before opening the boxes.
  5. Small but important task, like lining the shelves and organizing closets, should be done hand to hand, if you postpone you will never get to it in future.
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How to Move in Bad Weather Without Ruining All of Your Things

There are plenty of things which you need to take into consideration and plan on a moving day but the weather is not one among them because you cannot predict anything. A rainy, windy, hot day can create a  havoc on a perfectly planned moving day.

It is very important to prepare well in advance for the worst case scenario. Depending on the location of the new place, you must plan the entire move, as it can be extremely exhausting dealing with an additional element of bad weather.

Below are few tips for moving in heat, rain or windy weather condition.

Preparation

You cannot predict the exact climate, it is always best to prepare for whatever the day may bring. If you are planning to pack and move during summer take the scorching heat and humidity into account. If you are planning to move during winters then plan for the chilly cold day.

Contact your utility providers and arrange the date and time to fix electrical works like fitting the air condition, fan, heater, cooler etc at the new home. If the electrical devices are fixed at the new place, it will save you from restlessness and cold.

If you are moving during summers apply plenty of sunscreens and protect your hands and face from the heat. Keep yourself hydrated with water, juice during hot days and coffee, tea during cold and windy weather. Extra umbrella and rain coats during the rainy season is a must.

Protecting your belongings

Your first priority should be to safeguard the belongings from water damage. All your electronic items can be easily ruined. In order to protect them, I would suggest the following tips.

Always pack electronics, cables, and cord in waterproof plastic bags before packing in boxes. Water can easily get into cardboard boxes and will damage the items. Wrap the wooden furniture, artwork, antique items in heavy plastic bags and wrap them into towel or blankets.

Transportation

Transportation should be carefully planned especially during winter and rainy season. It is recommended to stick to the most familiar route, instead of opting for short cuts in case of bad weather conditions. In addition to it, service your vehicle in advance, this will avoid breaking down or heating up of the engine in bad weather. It is always best to go for main roads and highways on moving day.

Protecting your new house

Once you have safely reached to your new home then get prepared to protect the new house. In the case of a rainy weather, it is hard to keep the home away from water damage. With the packers and movers walking in and out of the house, the entire path could be muddy. Always protect your entryway floors.

You can place a towel or a mat on the doors and entry way. Fix a designated place to wipe off the shoes before entering the home. If any cardboard box is wet then unpack them as quickly as possible to avoid further damage. In order, to avoid moving staff slipping and falling at the new place make sure the pathway, drive area, and entrance are clean and safe to walk.

Have you ever had to move during the monsoons? How did it go? Share below!

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Moving Home with Pets

Packing and moving to a new home is one of the most stressful tasks that you will encounter. If you have pets at home, it can be stressful for them as well. It is essential to take proper care before and during the moving so that you can avoid the stress your pet encounters. Your pet will be highly stressed between the piles of boxes and moving trucks.

  1. Things to take care during finalizing the house.

It is must to research well about the new neighborhood and house in order to decide if it is pets friendly and safe. Thoroughly check the policies for pets if you are moving to an apartment complex, they usually have strict policies regarding pets. It is always best to look for a building that is pet-friendly.

  1. Ways to reduce the stress while packing up the home

Most pets don’t prefer to change, they will take  time to adjust with the entire packing and moving process. Start with the packing early and if possible you can relocate your pet to a friends place on moving day. This will make sure you both are less stressed. If relocating the pet is not possible, keep them in a quiet room with someone to supervise them at regular intervals. Leave food and sufficient water for them. Ask the moving staffs to keep the particular room off limits during the entire move. Once all the moving is done, you can move out with your pet.

  1. Things to consider if you are planning a long distance drive to new home

You can securely fasten your pet during the car trips. Always put your pet on the back seat, close the windows and lock doors. This will prevent injury during the drive. You can have a prior consultation with your veterinarian about the medications that will subside the stress during travel. Never leave the pet alone in a parked car, it can lead to heat stroke during summer. Take periodical breaks during the drive for walking and stretching. You can also move your pet via Indian Railways.   Moving pets by airlines is also an option to explore.

  1. Things to follow after arriving at new home

Prepare your pet for the move in advance. Maintain your pets regular routine during the packing. Consult your veterinarian for a regular check up to make sure your pet is healthy. In addition to it, you can also carry a health certificate. After moving to your new home, remove harmful things that may be dangerous for your pets like insect repellent, pesticides, medications etc.

Avoid exposed wires and electric cords. Ensure adequate fencing for safety.  After the arrival, examine your pet and offer food and toys so that pet will associate with the new place. Set up the pet’s belongings, it will help your pet to get some familiarity.

You can also take your new pets to the neighborhood, this will help the pets to familiarize with the new place. They will also explore the new locality.  Keep a close watch on the behavioral changes or any change in appetite –  these are short lived and usually gets resolved quickly.

Moving Day CHecklist

The Ultimate Moving Day Tasklist

Moving is a task which must be planned well ahead of time. To make the challenging task easy, we have prepared a moving day checklist.

Task 1: Clearly label all the luggage that you don’t want to Load

This will help the moving staff not to load the luggage that you don’t want loaded in the truck, but are carrying with you on your flight or train. In addition to it, always carry your important documents like mark sheets, birth certificate, in person. Don’t pack and ship them with the other belongings.

Task 2: Pack Important items for the Kids
If you are planning to move with kids, you must pack special items for kids that they need as soon as you arrive at your new place. It can include snacks boxes, medicines, books and color pencils or some toys to keep them engaged. You can ask the moving staff to unload that box at first place.

Task 3: Discard all the Trash and toxic items
Discard all the trash before moving day. Leftover toilet supplies like phenol which can be toxic, should be disposed off properly.  You must avoid building up all the garbage and eliminate before the day of loading. This will add extra efforts during the moving day.

Task 4: Arrange a Parking space for the Moving Vehicle
If you are living in an apartment or a congested location, ask prior permission from the society for parking the moving vehicle. Make sure the moving vehicle is parked close to your house, this will reduce the chances of additional charges.

Task 5: Clear the walking area

It is advisable to make the walkway safe and clear for the moving staff, so that it is easy for them to  get in and out of the house during the entire moving process. Move the potted plants  from the walkways and driveways. Remove the door mats and floor mats, there are more chances of slipping. Remove all the rugs, the screen so that area remains open during the loading process.

Task 6: Pack and Label all the Fragile Items
Keep the fragile and delicate items aside before the moving day. During the moving day, ask the moving staff to take special care while handling the boxes. In addition to this, you can also point out the box that you want to unload at priority for example your kitchen stuff. You can also mention the boxes which are going to storage directly.

Task 7: Take care of moving staff and driver
Acknowledge the work done by the staff by ordering them lunch or a meal. Along with that keep water and juice for yourself and staff on a moving day. During summer, a cool drink can really help to beat the heat. Advise driver and staff regarding the water and food, this gesture will be warmly received. In addition to it, inform about the restroom in advance.

Task 8: Before the Moving Truck Leaves
Make sure to get all the paperwork before you depart for the new home. Give proper details of destination and landmark to the truck driver. Take a last look of the house before leaving, double check all the closets, shelves, attic, storage unit and other places.

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The Pros and Pros of Hiring Professional Packers.

Packing up the entire household belongings and moving to a new place is a very challenging task. It gets extremely stressful for those  who have a limited time period to move to the new place. The best possible way to do the moving and packing in a hassle free way is to hire a professional packing and moving company, but they certainly come with charges.

I have put together the pros and cons to hire professional packers or to do the packing and moving yourself. You can take an informed decision after weighing both the sides.

Pros and Pros and Pros

  1. Less Stress

You will be stress-free if someone else is packing the belongings since packing is a very hectic and time consuming task. Hiring a professional packing and moving company will save your time and energy. You can focus on other important things in  life like  preparing for the move, taking care of kids, winding up from your office. Hiring packers and movers will reduce the physical as well as emotional stress.

  1. Time Saver

Packing all the household belongings can take few weeks and months. Where as a professional packing and moving company will pack all the belongings in few days. If you are a working professional, you won’t have extra time to pack up everything.

In addition to this, you will lack proper packing material like bubble wrap, foam, cardboard box etc. You must load and unload all the belongings carefully. Those who opt for a moving company will not have to worry  about packing and loading the belongings.

  1. You won’t have to search and invest in moving supplies.

The best part about hiring a packing and moving company is that you won’t have to buy any high end moving supplies. Packers will bring all the packing material like boxes, packing tape, foam cushions, bubble wraps etc. A professional packing company always ensures to make use of best moving supplies and equipment so that all the belongings are properly protected and secured during the transit.

  1. Damage Proof

A reliable and professional moving company will carefully pack, load and unload your belongings in an efficient way. The moving staffs are well skilled and trained to properly pack all the household items.

Cons

  1. It is expensive

The first reason people opt not to hire a professional packing and moving company is the money factor. Moving and relocating to a new place is going to cause you extra bucks on top of it hiring movers to pack your belongings can be a pricey affair. Rates are usually calculated according to the weight and volume of shipment.

This can be overcome by using a platform like EZMove.in where you can compare pre-verified vendors and find the best price.

  1. Less Control

Some people prefer to do everything themselves, hiring a moving company will not be a good decision for them. The individual has to hand over the duty to someone else.

If you are planning to hire a moving company, give them proper guidance about what should go where, which will help you exercise some measure of control.

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How to Identify if a Moving Company Is Legitimate

Don’t fall for a scam during your next move. If you are paying a huge amount to a moving company then it is important to ensure that the company is legitimate. The moving day is stressful since you are trusting all your precious belongings to an unknown entity. There are several ways to check out the credibility of the packing and moving company

Is the moving company properly licensed and insured?

Before choosing a moving company check all the details regarding license and insurance. You can get the list of the reputable moving company from internet. The moving companies must be registered with the government and must follow regulations. The moving company must be reliable to replace the value of damage items during your shipment.

In some cases the movers will pay 60% damage per item. It is must for the packing and moving company to provide with proof of insurance. Look for additional documents like registration of service tax, PAN card in the company name, functioning current account, ID proof of owner and staffs.
Are there any complaints?

There is no smoke without fire if you see several complaints from the customers, it is a red signal and you must carefully check the reviews and complaints of each moving company. You can also check various social media sites like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram etc for the consumer’s complaints and testimonies. In addition to it visit the company physically to double check. Check the way they handle the customer support and post service complaints.

What are the moving reviews?

When you are looking for a trustworthy company, it is very important to check the review of the company. You can also ask  your friends , family and colleagues for recommendations. Pay heed to their personal experiences and suggestions with the different moving company. Be aware that the internet is filled with fake reviews and ratings.

Did the mover inspect your things before giving you an estimate?

It is mandatory for the moving company  person to do  a personal inspection or at least a video survey of your things before providing a quotation. Else you can end up paying  more amount than actual estimation. If they provide you a quote over an email or phone without actually inspecting the household belongings then this is a red flag and can be a scam too. They should not be trusted.

Are they professional?

Besides the license, insurance and reviews consumers should look out whether they are actually professionals, do they have a business email ID and physical office. The moving vehicle is from a reputable transport company? The staffs and drivers are  with the uniform ? Have you received the quotation in official papers with the moving company stamp or just in a random paper etc. Go with your gut feeling.

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Your Moving Checklist for when you have to move on short notice

Moving is a tough task but last minute moving can give you nightmare. Moving all the mountain of belongings in a short notice can be very difficult.  Below are few tips to make sure your last minute moving can be done efficiently.

  1. Schedule Packers and Movers

Schedule a moving date, you are comfortable with as you might be required to call few moving companies until you find one you like. Always cross check the moving company reviews, ratings and compare 2-3 quotes. Make sure to ask the moving company to personally visit your home for an estimation. You can also check pre verified packers and movers on EZMove.in

  1. Start looking for new home

Start the house hunting as soon as possible. If you are moving for a new job, your company can be helpful to find a property dealer. Always hire a reliable and experienced real estate broker.

  1. Give notice

Last minute moving can be a stressful job but don’t miss out small details like informing your landlord. Even they need to start looking for a new tenant soon. Always share the specific details with them including the number of notice days.

  1. Sell or donate items

It is best to discard all the unwanted and unused items before showing. Prepare a list of furniture, electronic goods and other belongings that you want to donate or sell. You can make a fresh start at new place too. Trashing a pantry is a painful task, you can save the nonperishable food items and can donate the remains pantry to the local food bank.

  1. Packing

Gather all your moving supplies like boxes, tapes, markers, newspaper etc. Start packing items that you need the least like packing gardening tools, unused kitchen appliances, books, pictures etc. You can also designate a particular unused room to keep all the packed boxes. Start packing one room at a time and label them. Don’t forget to pack the important documents like birth certificate, bank papers, property documents, marriage certificates, mark sheet, passports etc separately and carry these along with you during the travel.

  1. Change the Address

If you found the new place then you can change the mailing address. Let your bank know you are moving.

  1. Utility service providers

Apart from moving and unloading all the stuff at a new place looking for the utility provider is also a tedious task. It is best to call the cable person, plumber, electrical etc early and inform them about the change in address.

  1. Clean the old house

Before leaving  check the closets, rooms and drawers. It is best to hire a housekeeping professional to clean the house before leaving.

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Packing Mistakes Most Novices Make!

Stuffing the entire house into tens of cardboard boxes can be the most tiring and stressful activity for any individual. While doing the entire packing there is bound to be mistakes, some that be quite costly.

Below are most common moving mistakes that people make

  1. Knowing how to pack for the first week at their new house

When moving keep all your essentials handy so that you don’t suffer much at the new place for first few days. Unpacking is also tough, and you make take days and weeks to unpack all your belongings at the new place. It is must to have essential items handy. You should carry things like mobile chargers, toilet paper, towels, first aid boxes, money and some ready to eat food items that you will need during the first few days.

  1. Not planning enough

Have a plan in place during packing. For example where to store dishes, clothes, books etc. Planning this ahead will help you to easily move the boxes at their respective places rather dumping into a room and later waste energy again moving and sorting them.

  1. Overloading boxes

Don’t put too many heavy items in a large cardboard box as there are chances of it breaking during the move. Instead of that, divide all the items equally among boxes and fill the extra space with lighter items like pillows, towels etc.

  1. Packing fragile items the wrong way

Pack all your breakables and antique collectibles with special care. Stuff the cardboard box with bubble wrap or soft pillows to avoid damage. In addition to it label the boxes “Fragile” clearly, so that you can guide the moving staff accordingly.

5. Not labeling stuff

To avoid getting yourself confused during unpacking time, the best way is to make use of clear labeling so that anybody can identify the content of the box easily. This will help the moving staff to handle the belongings carefully.

6. Getting sentimental about non essential stuff

It is very common for us to get sentimental when packing all the old books, photo albums and mementos.  But, often when people start packing all the old stuff which they haven’t seen in years, they get tear-filled memories and emotional which slows down the packing process. You can prioritize the important rooms and get those belongings packed first and then can move to the sentimental items.

7. Forgetting the Final Check

Before handling over the keys double check the closets, cabins, draws etc. Move to the new home knowing nothing was left behind at the old home.