Whether you are moving into a new home or a new office, moving day is notoriously difficult and stressful.
The risk of damage, lost items, and running out of time only makes the day more hectic.
Fortunately, there are several ways to prepare for moving day and ensure it's a success.
Here are 5 helpful moving tips for a successful move.
The last thing you want to do is deal with moving items you don't need. As you prepare to move, it's the perfect time to declutter. Go through your clothes, shoes, storage closets, garage, and more. Consider which items you already know you want to upgrade for your new space, like furniture or decor. Be realistic about cutting down the items you don't need. For quick decluttering, give the items to a donation center or charity. For larger or more expensive items, consider selling them on a local community page like Facebook marketplace.
Start Packing Early
If you wait until the last minute to pack, moving will be far more difficult and riskier. Start packing as soon as possible. That spare 'sitting' room that nobody uses in your house, start there. Begin packing the least-used items first, and move your way toward your everyday items. When moving day comes, you'll have much less on your plate.
Chances are that you want to move into a live able or workable space right away. While in the frenzy of packing and scheduling, it's easy to forget about your new place. Call ahead of time to schedule the utilities for your new place. For example, schedule electricity, heat, water, gas, and the internet ahead of time. This way, you can move in seamlessly and won't have to deal with utilities after you're tired from moving.
In addition to packing early, you should also pack smart. Here are some smart packing tips to follow:
- Use soft items as padding for fragile items, i.e., dish towels to wrap dishware.
- Pack by room and label the boxes accordingly. This way you can bring them right to the room they need to be in for unpacking. To make things even easier, label the rooms in the new house so anyone helping knows where boxes go.
- Buy enough small and medium boxes so you can keep the weight under 50 lbs. per box.
- Use strong packing tape to seal boxes.
- Put heavier items at the bottom of boxes, with lighter items on top.
- Use bags, suitcases, backpacks, etc. to pack other items into.
- Fill gaps with soft items to avoid empty spaces and keep your items secure.
Hire a Reputable Moving Company
One of the best ways to ease your stress on moving day is to hire a trusted mover. Movers are professionally trained and can help your move happen faster and smoother. They can help with packing and moving all types of items, but tend to be especially helpful for furniture. With a mover, you can knock out even a huge move in far fewer trips than you'd have to do with your vehicle. Always get quotes from multiple movers, but make your decision based on experience, professionalism, and service rather than just the price.