Tips to make your move easier
Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you have a bigger household or office. At times, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the moving day chaos. You can only avoid this if you get a head start and stay organized throughout the process. Generally, this process involves a lot of activities such as:
- Packing and moving boxes
- Hiring a moving company
- Coordinating the loading and offloading processes
- Unpacking the boxes, just to mention a few
To stay organized and on track, create a moving checklist to keep track of all these activities.
Tips to make your move easier and efficient
Before you think about packing the first moving box, create a list of everything you’d like to move. By listing everything, you’ll move in an organized manner. Find a system to classify items, for instance:
- Organize by room.
- Opt for a number system.
- Color coding
- Specific function or type of the items such as electronics, furniture, plastics, etc.
Just try to adopt a system that works well for you.
Adopt better ways to save money
Moving can be expensive so here are some techniques to help save money and avoid unnecessary expenses.
- Cut down the number of items; get rid of all things you don’t need a few weeks before the moving begins. These may include old electronics, clothes or furniture. Take advantage of online marketplaces such as eBay or Craigslist to sell the items. Alternatively, you may also donate some.
- Find an affordable moving service; for a small house, it can be a DIY process, however, for a bigger household, you’ll hire a moving company. Prices vary depending on the distance, quantity of items or handling criteria. Request quotes from different moving companies as you review their work history. You should compare at least 3 quotes. Don’t forget to negotiate with the movers, you may get a better deal.
- Save on the moving boxes; get the boxes from local home improvement stores, super markets or from friends and family. Only buy boxes after you’ve exhausted all other options.
Find a mover
You should hire a mover with all the necessary documents. These may include:
- Insurance coverage; this is critical when you’re moving fragile items.
- License; they are allowed to conduct such businesses within a specific region.
- Members of a moving association; you can’t doubt their credibility since they are regulated.
- Experienced and professional; this should be based on their past work experience.
Evaluate each company based on their work history and customer reviews. Referrals are a better way to find a good mover. Ask friends and family who they recommend.
Pack the moving boxes
Begin packing a few days before the moving day. Don’t pack essentials you may use on a daily basis, you can pack these the night before the movers arrive. Keep your essentials separate, it will be easier to access them when you get to your new home or office. Documents such as bank records, Realtor information, school records, maps, etc. should be kept where you can easily access them. Don’t pack them in your moving boxes.
Clean up the old office or home
This will ensure that you don’t leave any of your belonging in your old place. Use this simple checklist:
- Inspect every room.
- Check if there are any damage that may require repair.
- Note your utility bill reading.
- Defrost refrigerator.
After the move
After the move, ensure items are offloaded to the correct rooms. This way it will be easier to start unpacking.
Moving can prove to be a stressful process when you don’t have a plan, use these simple steps to make it less stressful.