No matter where you’re going, moving is a hassle. It is time-consuming and laborious. It can also be expensive. However, you can minimize the stress and cost of moving through adequate planning. Here are useful ways to make moving much easier.
Make Adequate Preparations
Rushing a move is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you start your preparations about one month in advance. Within this time, schedule your movers, get your building’s certificate of insurance and change your address. You could also reserve one freight elevator for smooth movement during the material day. You should also stop shopping for groceries about two weeks before your relocation date.
Pre-clean Your New Home’s Bathroom and Kitchen
Your moving day will be hectic. You will arrive fatigued and in need of a hot shower. Ensure that your new bathroom and kitchen are clean. You should also stock the bathroom with new towels and essential toiletries in advance.
Purge Before You Pack
The more stuff you have, the harder your move will be. Go through your things and make a decision to get rid of what you no longer use or need. If you’re tempted to pack everything, look at moving as your chance to get rid of all the clutter you’ve accumulated. Avoid being sentimental with your possessions. Be ruthless.
Apart from clothes you may not have worn in a year, there could be many other home appliances you don’t need.
You could sell the junk or donate it. If you are selling your stuff, start selling about six weeks before moving. As for what you shall donate, you can arrange for a charity organization to come for the things at least a week before you move. As for food and alcohol, you can treat the people who will be helping you move.
Enough Packing Materials
Get enough packing boxes well in advance. You can buy boxes from the moving company that will assist you to relocate. Go for second-hand boxes and save money. You can also cut down on boxes by utilizing your baskets, hampers, laundry bins, and suitcases. As for books, beer boxes and wheeled bags are excellent. However, confirm with the prospective mover, whether they accept items not packed in boxes.
Pack and Save
Start packing early. Put the things you will require first in a transparent plastic bin. Such items include phone chargers, toilet paper, box cutter, tools, eating utensils and paper towels.
Remember to pack a carry-on overnight bag with all your essentials. You will have easy access to the items even when you are too tired to begin unpacking. Things to include are changing clothes, toiletries, and your laptop.
Other packing tips include:
Make sure to label the sides of your boxes indicating what is in each box and what room the box is going to.
Remember to number the boxes.
Wrap the breakables in clothing.
Put an extra cotton ball or pad into powder cosmetics to prevent breakages.
Pack your plates vertically to avoid breaking.
Use a simple labeling system.
Know the Items Not to Pack
You should avoid packing and moving certain items together with the other possessions. Gather your treasures and valuable papers in a fireproof lock box. Such items include money, jewelry, securities, birth certificates and passports. On the relocation day, carry the box in your car or put the valuables in a carry-on bag.
You should also not pack flammables and explosives together with other luggage. Consult on how to dispose of any flammables before you move. As for explosives consult your local police department and never leave them unattended.
Find a Good Mover
The service you get from the moving company will determine your relocation experience. Do your homework and find a reputable but affordable mover. You can begin your search online. You can also ask your friends and family members to recommend a good company.
Before you settle on a moving company, ask for referrals and bids. Compare the promised services, prices and reviews. As you look for a mover, remember to provide accurate information about all possessions to be moved, and details about your neighborhood. When you give all needed information up front, you will increase your chance of getting a cheaper and faster move.
About prices, moving companies have different pricing guides. Some charge by volume and others by weight. Choose the company that suits your situation. Similarly, unless you’re moving within the same building, ask for a flat rate. With a flat rate, you will not be slapped with extra charges if things don’t go as planned. Hourly rates are unpredictable, and unforeseen traffic jams and broken elevators can lead to exorbitant fees.
The prices may also go higher if the movers assemble and disassemble your furniture. If you are looking for ways to cut down your moving budget, disassemble the furniture before the movers arrive. You can also save by timing your move accordingly. Schedule with the movers about a month in advance and book for a time, day and season when fewer people are moving.
Although movers have insurance, it’s advisable to get additional insurance for your most valuable items.
Organize the Cords and Electronics
Label the cords according to their devices. If the devices have multiple wires, you can use colored stickers to identify each wire and its respective hole. Alternatively, take a photo of how the electronics are connected. You will save yourself the headache of trying to figure out where all the wires go. Put the cables in a sandwich bag and tape the bag at the back of the particular device.
Have Someone Take Care of Children and Pets
Children and pets can get confused during the hassle of moving. They can delay you or the movers significantly. Get someone to babysit them during the whole operation.
Decide in Advance How You Want to Arrange Your Furniture
Make decisions on how to arrange your new home ahead of moving time. You will save a lot of unpacking time. You will change the arrangements later when you settle.
Take your time to unpack. Open the box with your essentials first and don’t stress about the rest. If you have your toothbrush, pajamas, and ready bed, everything else can wait.Read More