Moving can be stressful…. It’s an exciting but can be a messy task, and it doesn’t have to be intimidating. As long as you prepare in advance and take it step by step, you’ll find yourself in your new home with minimal fuss.
The first step when moving is to create a budget, decide on how much you need to spend on your move. Consider packing supply costs (boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, etc.), professional moving companies or truck rental costs, etc. Start a file or folder to keep all of your notes and important moving documents together and readily accessible.
The next step in this process is to schedule your truck / equipment or mover reservations at least several weeks before your expected moving date. You don’t want to wait too long and risk having fewer options at your disposal when it’s time to move. If you need to keep items in a storage unit before, after, or during the move, reserve a storage unit now. You may find you have items that won’t fit in your new home- Storing these types of items allows you some flexibility in how to deal with them at a later date. If you’re enlisting friends or family to help instead of using movers, reach out now to make sure they will be available, and to decrease the likelihood of no-shows on moving day. A week before the move confirm your truck rental and/or mover reservations again just to be sure.
If you start packing weeks before the move, you’ll save yourself from unnecessary stress and make the process more organized and efficient. Start with items you have stored in closets, the attic or basement, or otherwise use less often than other items. Do one room at a time until you’ve packed everything in the house. Leave essential bedroom, bathroom and kitchen items unpacked until you’re close to moving day so that you avoid packing something that you might need before the move. This is also a good time to get rid of clutter and start new. The last thing you want to do is bring baggage to a new home. You can accomplish this by donating items and furniture to your nearest Salvation Army Store, Good Will, or Habitat for Humanity. Plus, it feels good when you donate and it makes the moving process so much easier.
- Pack clothes in suitcases and other luggage to leave boxes available for other items.
- Keep old blankets, pillows and towels handy to use as extra padding for the move.
- Measure your furniture and other large items, and write the measurements down so that you know for sure you can squeeze through a corner door or other tight space, if needed. This will also help you choose a properly sized truck.
- Keep a box of essentials handy with items such as a change of clothes, soap and shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, bedding and towels. This will prevent you from having to dig through boxes to find what you may need.
- Remember to label boxes by room or color-code them. Try not to combine items from different rooms.
- Storage totes are a great solution to use instead of cardboard boxes. Although pricier, they are sturdier and sealable. Put heavy items, such as a book or record collection, in small boxes to keep their weight down.
- Pack the dish ware on its side in the box (padded with packing paper or bubble wrap) to better protect it during the move. Wrap glassware and china individually in packing paper before boxing.
- Consider transporting electronics and other fragile items in your personal vehicle, avoid the risk of potential damage from being packed in the moving truck. You can also consult your moving company on how to pack fragile items, such as electronics, artwork and other prized possessions. The moving company may have special cartons or transportation methods for these items. On boxes write in big letters with a sharpie FRAGILE!
Next step is to make sure that you transfer your mailing address and any information you may have to your new home, this is very important because the last thing you want is to have the new tenants have access to your medical bills etc.
On the day of the move, remember to get enough sleep the night before and be sure to eat a good breakfast, drink plenty of water, you will need the energy because moving is a tiring/physical process. If you have hired movers (or enlisted friends), make sure everything is ready for them. Arrange ahead of time for someone to watch pets or children during the move, unless your children are old enough to help. Just remember that moving is suppose to be a brand new start and can be a great experience, as long as you plan accordingly!