Of course, moving into a new house or apartment could be very enthralling. The thrill of exploring a new environment, the eagerness to check out all the new hotspots, warming up to new neighbors, career opportunities and probably fresher air. However, the nitty gritty process of making it happen could be such a drag. For times like this, we all wish we had some magic lamp laying around in the attic so we could wish up all our stuff to our new casa, or probably wish for a new house all together. Anyway, we’re here to make the arduous journey a tad more bearable. Here are some tips to guide your hand through the moving process:
PREPARING FOR A MOVE
1. Create a moving checklist and budget.
First, draft a moving checklist that includes a timeline. Everyone’s timeline will look different depending on how much notice is given before the move. Some people will have two months and others might have two weeks. Next, include a realistic moving budget.
By visually organizing your move, you can keep a handle on events as they unfold.
2. Weigh the pros and cons of hiring professional movers.
If you don’t have access to willing family and friends or you are moving to another state, it might make sense to hire professional movers. The amount of work they take off your plate during this stressful time might be well worth the added cost.
Hiring professional movers can be a great experience—if you hire the right company. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before signing a contract. This due diligence will give you peace of mind as moving day approaches.
3. Send out notices before you’re stressed.
Make a list of who you need to notify when you move. There are a lot of loose ends to tie up before you move to a new area. You should determine when and how you will accomplish these tasks in your moving checklist. When the time comes, either visit offices locally or be prepared to make some phone calls. By making this list in advance and setting the task for yourself in your calendar, you’re less likely to forget anyone.
PACKING TIPS AND TRICKS
1. Declutter so you can pack less.
A crucial packing tip is making sure you don’t move anything that you no longer need. Lighten your stress and workload by decluttering before you enter the packing stage, which means figuring out what to toss, keep, sell or donate. Take measurements of your new home and get rid of any furniture that won’t fit or you know you won’t use.
2. Set a timer and pack for an hour a day.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. When it comes to packing, break down your packing into steps. If you procrastinate and try to pack everything the night before, you’ll likely become overwhelmed with stress.
Tackle one room at a time and spend an hour each day packing up items into boxes. Pack pairs or sets together and make sure your box is the appropriate size to hold a complete set of belongings.
3. Give each room a different color packing label.
To stay organized, print off multi-colored packing labels or use different colored masking tape and give each room its own color. Label the contents of each box and include the room it belongs in. Then in your new place, use colored tape to mark entrances to rooms. This moving tip will save movers a ton of time. Instead of needing to read the label explicitly or play the room guessing game, they can just match color to color.
4. Label and take photos of furniture parts and accessories.
Take the extra time to protect larger pieces of furniture before you move. Remove and secure all drawers and doors beforehand. Also, label cables, drawers, doors, and anything you need to remove so you know where it goes when you put it back together. Put screws and bolts into plastic bags and tape these to the back of the furniture.
When packing up electronics, take a photo of the back configuration so you remember which cord goes where. Take photos of any furniture you take apart to serve as a guide for putting it back together. Also, make sure you label doors, screws, and anything else you take apart.
5. Don’t overpack a moving box.
One mistake a lot of people make when moving is trying to cram all of their belongings into a few cardboard boxes they have around the house. Use as many boxes as you need to create easy-to-lift loads. Keep your largest boxes to no more than 50 pounds.
6. Use the right size boxes.
Place heavy items like books, in small boxes, and lighter items in larger boxers. This makes it easy for movers to organize and pack boxes into the moving truck. Be sure to pack heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top to avoid damaging breakables.
7. Stock up on packing material for the kitchen.
Consider packing everyday dishes, bakeware, Tupperware, and silverware separately. Crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap or corrugated cardboard will help prevent your fragile items from breaking, but just about anything can be used to pack breakable items. Utilize dish towels and even paper plates to create buffers.
Remember, crystal, china, ceramics, and keepsakes need to be carefully packed with lots of padding. Pack these items in smaller boxes with appropriate packing materials and labeled as fragile.
ADVICE FOR MOVING DAY
1. Create a game plan.
To avoid a hassle, make sure you have someone who can direct the movers on moving day. This person needs to determine which items need to be moved first, and which items can be loaded into your new home last. Having a general direction and someone who can take charge can save you time on moving day, which will, in turn, save you money if you’re using professional movers.
2. To save time, don’t rush.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but moving fast means taking your time. Don’t rush throwing things onto the moving truck without thought behind it. This mistake could be timely if things get damaged or something is forgotten. You’ll also feel a lot more stress if you’re rushing around. Be diligent but don’t rush.
With these handy tips, we hope the moving in process for you is a breeze. We wish you all the best, and remember to smile and wave to your new neighbors while you’re at it.