When you make the decision to move somewhere else, there are many things you’ll need to put in place to ensure that the change is as seamless and convenient for you as possible. From making your new home ready to receive all your possessions from the old one to arranging the shipping company that’ll handle it, it can quickly become very stressful.
To avoid that and help you accomplish a seamless move, here are five time-tested tips for you to apply as you work toward moving day:
1. Organize Early
The easiest way for you to forget some things and for some others to get lost is for you not to plan well ahead and organize everything a long time before the actual day. Pack everything that you can beforehand and mark the boxes clearly so you know what each one contains at a glance, especially if some of them will contain fragile items. You should also create a checklist of final things to do so you don’t forget anything, big or small.
2. Choose Good Movers
The movers you choose will have a big impact on how well your moving experience will go. Select a company that has a reasonable amount of experience (a few years, at least) and be sure to let them know any details that could affect the job, such as fragile or overweight items or stairs and narrow passages that’ll make it difficult to access some areas. If you let the movers have this information early enough, things will move a lot faster on that they and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and stress.
3. Protect Your Valuables
If you have especially valuable items among the things that are going to be transported on that day, it’s essential that you take special care to protect them and prevent them from being damaged in any way. The first thing you should do is ensure that they are insured, whether you’ll have to do this individually, or through a form given to you by the moving company, such as Shipit Movers. In addition, protect them by packing them protectively using cloth or bubble wrap for padding and then placing them carefully in the topmost boxes.
4. Purge What You Don’t Need
You don’t have to take everything with you. There’s always a temptation to simply pack everything that’s in your old home but it would benefit you to take the opportunity to evaluate if you actually need to take all the odds and ends to your new home. You can donate clothing to Goodwill and other charity organizations, recycle old magazines, catalogs and documents that you don’t need again and if there’s enough time, you can even hold a yard sale to dispose of some furniture or home appliances that are not worth moving.
5. Prepare a Kit for Moving Day
There are some things that you’ll need on moving day, such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper, clothes and garbage bags. It’ll be very tedious if you have to rummage through the boxes you’ve packed to find them so why not just dedicate a box to those items, label it ‘essentials’ and keep it aside from all the others so it doesn’t get mixed up?