Moving can make you stress a whole lot if not approached properly, and if you are planning a local move soon, you need to be prepared for what is about to come. You will be investing a lot of time, energy and motivation into this process, and even if you are having movers take care of everything on your behalf, there are a few steps that you can choose to take if you want to make the entire process much easier and less complicated on your behalf. Below you will find our top 10 tips to make your local move much easier on your end.
1. Find and hire movers
If you are moving with a professional moving company, you will need to invest some time into researching and finding the right one to tackle your move. Make sure that the company you are hiring is licensed, insured and reliable – and make sure to give them a call at least 4-6 weeks in advance to reserve your move with them as you want them to be available on the day of your choosing. Provide your movers with the details of your move and put your worries to rest.
2. Plan your packing venture
When it comes to packing, the process needs to be planned in advance to ensure that it is kept organized – and that you actually have enough time to complete it. Starting at least two weeks before your move, depending on the size of your move, is the best way to ensure that the process will be completed by the time your moving day arrives. Sit down and make a detailed plan, assess how much time you will be spending on each room, the quantity of packing supplies that you will be needing, and where you will be starting.
3. Make a to-do list
By making a to-do list or simply putting your tasks on your calendar can make the world of a difference when you need to stay organized. This way, you won’t forget any important task related to your move or not, and you won’t have to worry about keeping everything in your head. Put tasks such as – call utility service providers, change address, purchase packing supplies and your moving day on your calendar.
4. Buy packing supplies
It is time to visit your local hardware store and purchase the packing supplies you will be needing for your relocation. Purchase moving boxes and padding materials to ensure that your items are provided with the best form of protection during every second of your upcoming relocation. Instead of using worn boxes and used supplies, it might be best to purchase quality supplies as you don’t want your boxes to fall apart during your relocation and you want to keep your items safe.
5. Declutter while packing
The best time to declutter your entire collection of valuables is right now – when you will actually be going through everything anyway. By getting rid of your unwanted items, and selling, donating or throwing them away – you will have less items to pay to move, move, pack and unpack at your destination.
6. Label the contents of your boxes
Instead of only writing down the rooms your boxes are going into and whether there are fragile or heavy items placed inside, consider writing down the contents of your boxes so you can know exactly where your items are at any given time. This will speed up the unpacking process for you immensely, as you won’t have to guess where your valuables are placed.
7. Start with your least used rooms
By starting with your guest bedroom, attic or shed and packing them first, it is less likely that you will need some of these items once you have packed them into your boxes. Progress onto the next rooms that you use less, and leave your most used rooms such as your kitchen and bedroom last. Instead of packing your moving essentials, pack them on the morning of your move into a clear box so you can have immediate access once you arrive at your new location.
8. Wrap your fragile items
Purchasing padding supplies to wrap your fragile items with is one of the best and only ways to ensure their protection. Most of your kitchen needs to be carefully wrapped, along with other valuables that are prone to breaking easily. If the contents of your box are rattling – it isn’t packed correctly. Fill any space in your boxes with bubble wrap, moving peanuts or newspaper.
By creating an inventory for all of your items, you will be able to keep track of everything during your move and ensure that everything arrives at your new location. If possible, it might be best to provide your movers with a copy of your inventory so they can keep track of them during your move as well.
10. Unpack box by box
You most likely won’t have the energy to unpack immediately after your relocation, but starting as soon as possible is the smartest way to go about this process. Unpacking box by box is another way of staying organized during the process and making it seem much less intimidating than it would be if you have unpacked every single box and left a mess in your new home.