Moving is not fun and easy. But it can be made a lot easier and done a lot faster if you plan ahead and know a few things before you move. Here are 9 tips that will help make your move a smooth one.
Top Tips for Moving
Make a Checklist
Organization is an important aspect of everything that you do, and this is no different when it comes to moving. In order to stay on top of things, and make sure that you are well prepared in advance, a checklist is key to staying responsible. This will not only help you prepare with items that you need but will also help you keep a schedule and stay on time as the process starts long before the boxes are loaded onto any truck.
The more people you have helping with your move, the easier it will be. Having friends and family members to provide that support is great, but not everyone always has those options. There are also many reasons to go with professional movers, and some of them are explained here. Regardless if you have others helping, some of those reasons include the fact that professionals have experience with the entire moving process. Many hands might make the work easier, but experienced hands help make the job faster.
Create a Budget
Once you’ve created your checklist of essentials for moving, it is important to create a budget. This will be used in preparing for your move to help learn what it is you need while ensuring that you are not getting things that you do not need either. Also having a buffer in your budget for emergencies will come in handy.
Set Your Calendar
Choosing the day of your move is important to keep in mind. Some things that will affect your move will be things like how much traffic you have to deal with, what stores are open in the event of an emergency or if you have forgotten something, and what the weather will be like. These will also factor in depending on how far you are moving, as moving a few blocks over will heavily differ from moving all the way across the country. Consider all the variables of your move to roughly pick a date that has the optimal conditions.
Apartments and Elevators
Moving from one house into another house is one thing, but moving in or out of an apartment or condominium will require an extra step to factor in. Make sure that you contact your building managers to book an elevator and loading docks. These will make your move that much easier and faster. Besides, it is important to consider others coming in and out of the building.
Storage Space or Storage Units
Sometimes you are moving in somewhere that is more spacious, but other times, you will be downsizing for one reason or another.This is not always easy as the amount of things you have accumulated in your previous home can pile up, and this will force you to have to get rid of a lot of stuff. If you are unable to do so, it is important to consider finding space to store your belongings, whether creating more storage space in your new home, or even renting out storage lockers.
There is a saying, work smarter, not harder. In addition to getting help from experienced professional movers, it is also very helpful to rent equipment that will make your work easier. Things you can rent to help with the job include dollies, hand trucks, and padding. These will keep you from getting tired and make your job a lot faster.
If you are planning a big move, changing homes and not simply moving into an already furnished room or house, you will be moving large furniture and appliances. This means that you won’t be able to simply transport your life using your family vehicle, but will require a moving van or truck that has plenty of space. The cost for these rentals is not high, but you want to make sure you plan ahead as securing a vehicle will be difficult the closer you get to moving day. Being without a moving van and truck will make your big move almost impossible.
This should be obvious but many people are not labeling their move correctly. There are a few things that you need to note about labeling. Label your boxes by room instead of specifically what is inside. This will help with the entire unloading and even the loading process. Label which items are fragile and if you need to have certain items standing up a specific way. If not, label all the sides. This will all save time and effort during your move.
Moving day can be stressful. If you prepare in advance, have a plan and control what you can, those stresses can be minimized. Be ready and the only thing that will be on your mind will be what food to order once you’re in your new home.