Only a few things in life are more stressful than moving. Whether you’re just transferring apartments a few blocks apart or going to a new home across the country, it is never easy! You have lots of decisions to make, things to consider, and go through many steps to get everything done and ready. All these can take their toll on your mind, body, and budget. But no need to be scared! This blog post will guide you through your upcoming move. Without further ado, here’s how you can prepare effectively.
Get a Moving Notebook
It’s easy to get lost in all the chaos that surrounds a move. So it’s always a good idea to keep track of what needs to be done. For this, get a small notebook where you can write down your moving checklist. Take note of schedules, expenses, budget, and responsibilities for everyone involved. This will help you stay organized during the entire process.
Hire Movers Ahead of Time
Moving is one of those things that’s difficult to pull off alone. You have to take some time off, pack everything yourself, and drive it all the way to your new home—that is why movers exist, and it’s always a smart choice to book them weeks or months ahead. By giving yourself more time, you can gather more options, shop for the best mover in town, or even negotiate for a reasonable moving price.
Get Your Home Ready for Movers
It doesn’t matter who does the packing – whether it’s you or the moving experts, there are still things that can be done before movers arrive at your home. Make sure to prepare a list of your entire inventory, what items you want packed, and which rooms you want to be tackled first. On top of that, it’s a nice gesture to prepare water bottles so everyone can stay active throughout the operation. More importantly, don’t forget to keep your kids and pets away from all the chaos. You can either leave them with your neighbors or let them stay in a room that will be boxed up last.
Declutter Your Belongings
One of the golden rules of relocating is to not bring everything with you. Yes, it’s impossible, but some people are too attached to their stuff. Don’t be like that. As early as possible, you should start sorting items asap for a smooth home relocation. Consider donating old items that are no longer needed, selling off stuff on Craigslist or eBay, or putting these things into storage for a later date.
Buy Packing Materials and Moving Supplies In Advance
Prepping last minute is the worst thing one can do during a move. It can be difficult to find the time and energy when you already have many other tasks on your plate. So, if there’s anything that needs buying for the move- like packing materials or moving supplies- buy them in advance. You can also save up by using old fabric and newspapers instead of buying bubble wraps. Moreover, you can ask for free boxes from the office or your neighbors. If you have to buy them, get a discount by purchasing in bulk from your local grocery store.
Whether it’s health or work-related, it’s essential to keep your appointments settled before moving away. Your new employer might need time to set up new paperwork and schedules for you, so make sure you’ve got everything covered and ready. To add, work on your children’s school documents, your change of address, and take a trip to the vet for your pet if necessary.
Secure Important Documents (& Pictures)
To avoid any problems with lost documents, it is best to scan and save all necessary files on a flash drive. You’ll also want to back this data from your discs too! It would be wise as well, if possible, to take digital pictures of sentimental photos. You never know what might happen down the road. There’s a chance that important stuff might get wet, crumpled, or destroyed, so it’s best to preserve them beforehand.
Prepare Your Utilities
Contact your utility providers beforehand and let them know about your moving date to avoid any unpleasant surprises. This way, they won’t cut off service or charge you an early termination fee if they have proactively contacted their customers who are leaving the area. It’ll also help time the transfer so you don’t activate utilities too soon.
Pack a Moving Kit
To help settle down easier at your new home, pack a moving kit. This will include all the items and tools that will come in handy before you can completely arrange everything. This should consist of essentials such as:
- bathroom products
- kitchen utensils
- and any other thing you might need.
The best advice you can ever get is to enjoy the process. This might sound ironic or even hilarious, considering the amount of effort needed for this operation. However, if you maintain a positive attitude, you can always take on any challenges that come your way. This move will be over before you know it. Take your time!