Top Moving Tips!

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Moving to a new home is an exciting time, but also stressful. There is a lot of time, money, and effort wrapped up in transporting your entire life to a new location. Here are some packing and moving tips to help ease some of the stress. 

 

Make a Checklist

 

There is a lot to keep track of during a move, and leaving something important to the last minute because you forgot about it will only add to your stress. Creating a checklist will allow you to see everything clearly that you need to do. 

 

It would help if you organized the checklist into a timeline as well, so you are sure to give yourself plenty of time to complete all the tasks. This will help you pace yourself and not be panicking at the last minute to get everything done. A moving checklist and timeline will look different for everyone because all situations are different, but everyone can benefit from them. 

 

Professional Movers

 

You may also want to think about hiring professional movers to help you stay organized. Friends and family may be able to help, but if you are moving to a location that is a further distance, then professional movers may make sense. They can also help with special items that need professional care to move, like a piano. Hire a piano removalist to keep your piano safe. 

 

Professional movers can take a lot off your plate during this stressful time, so you should seriously consider it if there is room in your budget. It will only be a good experience if the company you hire has great reviews and will treat your move with care, so be sure to check their background before hiring anyone. 

 

Notify Early

 

There are many places that you will need to notify when you move. Utility companies, the post office, and friends and family are just a few examples of places you will need to update your address. It is easy to forget important notices, so make a list early and start moving through them quickly. As you work on them you will likely remember more to add, so starting early helps you to have the time to get to everyone. There are example lists online to get you started if you are having a hard time. 

 

Declutter

 

While you are packing up your home, it is important to declutter. It may take a little extra time to pack things up, but it will save you a lot of time unpacking, and you will save money on boxes if you don’t move as much. Before you pack anything up, decide whether you want to move it with you, donate it, sell it, or throw it away. You can get rid of any furniture that won’t fit into your new home, and you may even make a little extra money. 

 

Locate Boxes

 

You will need more boxes than you realize to move. Locating boxes is an important thing to do early in the process. You can find boxes at your local grocery store for free. Schools will also have some sometimes in the cafeteria. If you want some higher quality boxes that are a little sturdier, then you will have to buy them. This may be a good idea, especially to move heavier items. 

 

Pack Every Day

 

It may seem like packing won’t take very long to do, but you will be surprised once you get started at how much more there is to do than you thought. You should set a goal to pack a little bit every day. Setting a timer for a certain amount of time and working through that time will help you to cut down how much you have to do later. Start in one room and pack until it is finished, then move to the next room. 

 

Moving Essentials

 

There are essentials you will need when you first move into your home. Things like clothes, supplies to do laundry, and grocery shopping or cleaning are all things that will be high on your list. Packing one box or suitcase with some moving essentials will be helpful because then you will know exactly where the things are that you need the first day. 

 

Color Code the Boxes

 

Another way you can make unpacking even easier is to color code the boxes according to the room they will need to go in once they reach the new home. That way, you can tell at a glance exactly where each box should be. This will cut down on your unpacking time immensely. It will also help in creating the home environment that you want quickly because the rooms you designed before can be recreated. 

 

Don’t Overpack Boxes

 

Another thing you should keep in mind is transporting the boxes. You want to be sure that each box can be easily moved when you get into your new home. Don’t make them so heavy that they are impossible to move. You should especially be aware of this when choosing box sizes for different items. You should use small boxes for heavy items like books to maximize space without making the boxes too heavy. You can put lighter items in the larger boxes. You should also place any heavy items on the bottom of boxes with lighter items on top to avoid things getting damaged.

 

Breakables

 

When packing your boxes, be sure to take care of breakables. Don’t leave empty spaces in boxes for items to shift during transit: place packing paper, clothing, towels, or foam in any empty spaces. You should use tape to close the bottom and top of the boxes as well as the edges where stress will be concentrated to prevent breaking. You should also carefully wrap any fragile items in paper or padding and mark the boxes as fragile, so they are not placed on the bottom of a stack.  

 

Use Household Items

 

You can cut down on some expenses by using household items to help with packing. Use vacuum sealing bags to pack clothing to cut down on space. You should also use hampers and suitcases to pack items in to cut down on the boxes you will need. 

 

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