Top 10 Tips When Moving Locally
Packing up everything you own and moving to another place can seem like a terrifying, yet exciting adventure. Even if you’re moving next door, your move needs proper planning and prepping before you can actually execute it successfully, and even though moving locally sounds like a much simpler task than conducting a long-distance move, in reality it is everything but simple. You’re still going to need some moving knowledge, and every aspect of your move will require a different skillset in order to ensure a moving success. Even then, there are still additional steps that you need to take regarding your move, that can add to the stress and exhaustion that moving often brings. You can easily diminish all of these negative aspects of moving, by simply following a list of moving tips that will make your life during your transition all the easier, and you won’t ever wish to move without it.
- Choose the best moving company for your move
Most people might not spend much time researching different local moving companies, as they believe that moving locally is simple, and that every moving company out there will get you from point A to point B. While this may be true, it is also equally important to think about the condition your belongings will arrive in once they’ve reached the destination. Choosing a moving company that is both licensed and insured is one of the most important parts of your entire move, and even if you’ve been delicately packing your items for a month, that won’t really matter if you’ve hired movers that do not care about the safety of your belongings, and don’t have the insurance to cover them either. Hiring a dedicated local moving company, with a variety of services that will best fit your moving needs and wishes, will ensure a successful moving experience and complete satisfaction on your end. With the right movers, you won’t have to lift a finger, and every aspect of your move will be expertly taken care of, making the world of a difference and saving you both energy and time for settling into your new home.
- Hire your movers early
Once you’ve made the decision, and decided on the best movers to handle your move, it is best to pick a date if you haven’t already. Keep in mind that you might save money moving off-season, as well as during the week, and before the end of the month, as this is when most people tend to move. However, if you have decided on a weekend, or end-of-the-month move, you’re going to need to give your movers a call at least two weeks in advance to ensure that they have an open slot for your desired moving day. Keep your eye on the weather on your move day, as moving on a rainy day can slow your move down unnecessarily and might slightly throw you off schedule.
- Packing plan
Developing a packing plan before actually diving into this tedious task, is a smart way to stay organized and possibly finish the process much faster. Choosing which rooms to go through first, keeping check of the correct ways to pack all of your belongings and which items are most important to be packed correctly is a great way to start your packing venture. Every packing-related detail you can think of, should be a part of your ultimate packing plan, ensuring a packing success and ease the process immensely.
Evaluating the amount of packing supplies can often be trickier than not, and most people tend to underestimate the amount they are going to need. Most people realize how much stuff they actually own, once they start taking everything out at once and placing it into boxes. On one hand, it is great to have more packing supplies than needed, minimizing the risk of having to run to the hardware store mid-packing and buy some more. However, you’d be spending money on supplies you’re going to use once or twice, and having spare materials that you won’t be using might be a waste of money. This is why it is important to make a detailed packing plan, and determine the appropriate amount of packing supplies you will actually be putting to use during packing.
- Moving checklist
Creating a moving checklist and marking every item you have packed in detail will ensure that there will be no loss of your items during your move. It will also make the process of unpacking all the easier it you have a detailed list of everything that you have packed in specific boxes. If you’ve hired your moves to also pack your entire house before your move, they will most likely handle the inventory on their own, leaving absolutely no room for hassle on your end.
- Get rid of any unwanted items
Once you’ve dived into the packing aspect of your move, you’re going to be granted a unique opportunity to get rid of any items you have no used for, or don’t wish to own anymore. You’ll be going through even the smallest of items, and you can also consider having a yard sale, donating your unwanted items or simply throwing them away. Getting rid of your unwanted items can speed up your move immensely, and also ensures that those belongings won’t get in the way while you’re settling into your new home.
- Label every box
Labeling your boxes can make the world of a difference when your movers have finished the unloading process and you have to organize every single one by room, before actually unpacking everything. Writing down some of the contents of the box, as well as labeling boxes with fragile contents can give your movers a brief idea of which boxes need to be handled separately and carefully as well.
- Pack everything
It might seem like a logical thing to do when moving, leaving your clothing and desk drawers full of stuff, and having your movers relocate them with the contents still inside. This way, you wouldn’t have to pack and unpack these items and it will be much easier to actually move everything. In reality, this could add on some serious time during your move, by adding weight to some of your heavy items and risking your movers getting potentially injured if they are overwhelmed by the weight of your full wood dresser full of clothing. Ask your moving company for wardrobe boxes if you don’t wish to pack them by yourself, and make sure your heaviest items are emptied before your movers arrive. This will automatically save you time, and therefore money on the day of your move.
- Move your boxes into one area
An additional step you can take to further speed up your move and potentially save some money during the process is gathering your boxes and placing them in one specific area close to the entrance, making it easier for your moving crew to just gather everything and load it into the truck with ease. Having your movers go up and down some stairs to gather each box is also an option, but will definitely prolong your move, and placing them in one designated area can make quite the difference.
- Do not pack essential items
Leave some of your most used items unpacked until the night before your move, and keep items such as medication, some food and water for the day, along with important documentation and a change of clothes by your side during the whole process. Keeping your essential items by your side, will result in you not having to dive through your boxes for your phone charger once you’ve settled into your new home.
These are just a few steps that you can take to ease the process of your relocation on your end, and make it an easy, organized experience. Moving doesn’t always have to result in tears, headaches and back strains, especially with the best moving crew by your side that will support you through the entire process. Moving should be exciting, and this is what your moving company should provide you with exactly. The perfect moving experience.