Moving is probably on everyone’s least favorite thing to-do list. Whether it’s a couple houses down the street, a few states over or cross-country, it is awful to say the least. It is costly, time-consuming and can be overwhelming. To make it the least painful as possible and successful, here are some tips:
Have a plan
As soon as you know you are moving, have a plan. Whether you like to use a complicated spreadsheet on the computer or old school pen and paper. You should write down everything that needs to get accomplished with a timeline.
Speaking of timeline, stay on schedule
Be up to date with school enrolment and utility installations. Nobody wants to walk into a new house with no power.
Compare, Compare, Compare – You want the only best movers to move your valuables but at a good price. Make sure to get at least three different quotes from different moving companies.
Hire a Reputable Moving Company – After you go through the different quotes, make a decision based on their reputation and it doesn’t hurt to ask around or read reviews. Cheaper isn’t always better.
Get Important Documents Updated – When you change addresses there is a lot of documents that need to be updated such as your license and car registration. Make a list of all documents that need an address update and do it ASAP. Not a tip that should be ignored.
Insurance – We can’t forget that you are putting your valuable in the hands of others. Check out what the moving company’s insurance covers and, depending on how many valuable you have, you may want to buy a better plan.
Now that the easy stuff is out of the way, packing. No matter how many times you have packed, long-distance is a whole other story. These tips will help you save time and money and also make sure everything arrives in your new home safely and intact.
Make a list of your belongings that you will be taking. – Even though you know what your property is yours, it’s a lot easier just to check off a list to make sure everything has arrived.
Does everything fit? – Some items you may think you can eye if it fits or not. To make sure take measurements of the rooms so you don’t move a king size bedframe that doesn’t fit.
Downsize, Downsize, Downsize – This will save you money. Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year, appliances you don’t use and books you’ve already read. If you don’t love it, use it or need it, toss it. If you have enough items you could hold a garage sale but either way you will still save money by not having that much more to pack and move.
Organize – When you unpack it will be a lot easier to know which area of the house the items go into. As your packing label each box by area or room and you can even put a number that corresponds with the number on you inventory list.
Triple Check Your Belongings – before the movers get there make sure to go over your inventory list to insure everything is accounted for upon arrival to you new home.
If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll have nothing to worry about on moving day. The more work you do ahead of time, the easier your move will be. By starting with our related searches we’ve simplified the process for choosing a moving company with the best professionals that are happy to help your moving plans.