If you have ever moved out of one house and into another, you are probably well aware of the many tasks that must be taken care of both before and during the big day. This process can become especially arduous if you are moving from one state, or even country to another, and requires some significant planning. You can, of course, request the services of a moving company who will both help you pack and move, but should you decide to do it on your own, here are ten tips to help get you started.
The key to a smooth move is organization. Because it is often inevitable that if something can go wrong it will, you want to be as organized as you possibly can so that when it does, you will be better equipped to deal with it as quickly as possible. The first step to actually moving is packing. When doing this, be sure to organize your possessions in a way that will make it easier for you to identify them once they have been transported.
Pack as far in advance as you possibly can, keeping in mind that several other tasks will take up your time as the big day draws near. Pack the items you do not need first, so you will be able to pack those you will more easily and quickly as it becomes necessary to do so. Doing this in advance will also help relieve the stress of last minute packing, and will make it easier for you to organize your items.
How a truck is loaded can also make a big difference in the number of times you will have to return to the old place of residence for more items. If you are able to strategically place items so as to maximize the space, you will be able to minimize the number of trips, thus saving time and probably money. This will also help cut down on the stress.
Make a moving check list. If you write down all the items you need to pack, and then move, then check them off as each one is accomplished, your moving experience will be more orderly. This, too, will save you time and money, and can keep you from leaving something behind.
When packing, be sure to use the proper materials for securing your items. This is important because they are likely to be shifted or moved about during the trip. Packing well can keep them from becoming damaged or broken.
Categorize your items. By packing like items in the same box, you will be able to find them quickly and easily once you have made the move. It is also a good idea to label the contents of each box, as well as the room in which it belongs so there will not be a question as to what it contains.
Prepare carefully. Before you move, prepare for the process as carefully as possible from beginning to end. This means being sure all utilities are transferred, a change of address form has been completed, and all relevant parties have been notified. There are many other aspects that will need your attention, so t is a good idea to make a list of tasks you will need to complete, as well as a time line for each. This will help insure you won’t leave anything unattended.
When you arrive at your new home, place the boxes that pertain to each room in that room. For example, you should place all the boxes marked kitchen in that room. This will make them easier to unpack and will help avoid confusion.
Unpack the essential items first. This includes cooking items, bathroom items, and clothing. You will have plenty of time to unpack the non-essentials.
Lastly, complete a spot check before handing over the old keys. This will insure that you haven’t left anything behind. You may notice something you missed during the flurry of activity.