Moving is a part of life. That said, relocating doesn’t have to be stressful and daunting if you are prepared. Besides, having a comprehensive moving list, purchasing stackable boxes, and renting a dolly, you can also do a few other things to make your next move your best one yet. So, without further ado, let’s go over the top 8 moving tips you need to know.
The easiest way to make relocating less painful is to use movers. Of course, shopping around is a must, and you should obtain quotes from at least three companies. Once you decide which movers are for you, it is time to start packing. Note, using a moving company is an added expense, but you are no longer responsible for the heavy lifting, so it is worth it.
Another great way to make the moving process run more smoothly is to schedule a free donations pick-up with your local charity organization. This way, when the movers come, you don’t have to waste time and money moving stuff you don’t really need. Moreover, you can use the donations as a tax write-off, and there is ultimately less stuff to pack, which is definitely a win-win situation.
While you are busy decluttering and giving back, it is important to remember that when you choose to move matters. Weekends and holidays are generally peak moving days. Furthermore, the beginning and end of the month are typically when people relocate; you also pay more for early or late evening moves. Thus, you should always try to move mid-month, mid-day, and in the middle of the week.
When you are packing, it is also beneficial to use your original boxes for electronics and appliances. You can save yourself money on boxes and a lot of guesswork--your items will fit into their original packaging. Plus, if you throw out boxes, now is a good time to stop. Don’t forget to store your boxes from this move, either; they will come in handy later.
Once you have your boxes squared away, a useful tip that goes a long way is taking photos. It is highly recommended that you take pictures of complex setups, so you don’t spend hours trying to hook back up your TV or computer. Moreover, having pre-move photos ensures that you can quickly file an insurance claim if anything gets damaged during the move or by the movers.
In addition to taking pictures, make sure you color-code your belongings and boxes. You will be unpacked in no time at all, and you don’t have to spend hours searching for your pajamas, toiletries, and more. Tip: use post-it notes and packing tape to save a few bucks on labels or color makers. Remember, if you do label things, make sure you label the boxes clearly.
Regardless, if you are hiring movers or choose to do the heavy lifting yourself, it is important that you dress for the occasion and stay hydrated. This is more than likely, not your first time moving; therefore, you probably know how labor-intensive it can all be. So, do yourself a favor, pack bottled water. Plus, wear athletic clothing, gym shoes, and dress with the weather in mind.
Lastly, packing an essentials box will make your first night in your new home go off without a hitch. This special box should contain toiletries, clothing, medications, cleaning supplies, trash bags, pet food, extra shoes, bottled water, and a tool kit. Other items like paper products and snacks are packable essentials too. Ultimately, these are just a few items that you should have in your essentials bag.