It’s no secret that moving can be a hassle. Packing up everything you own and hauling it into a moving van – only then to unpack and organize everything again – can be a heavy burden to bare.
But, don’t let the process of moving ruin the happiness of your new home! These six tips will help you ease the hassle and reduce the stress that comes along with a big move.
1. Keep, Throw Out, Or Donate
First and foremost, you must figure out which possessions are worth making the trek to your new home. Keep the essentials and other items that you can put to good use. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in years – chances are, these outdated items will be unnecessary for the move and clutter up your new home.
If the item has no value, your best option is to haul it to the local junk yard facility. But, be sure to double-check that your items truly have no value before you simply throw them away! Anything that could prove useful or desirable to others can be sold online via websites like Craigslist or LetGo. You may also consider donating to a local thrift store for a tax deduction.
Organizing before a move may seem tedious when everything is going to the same destination, but – trust us – it will save you a lot of time and aggravation. Learn the layout of your new home and categorize your possessions according to each room.
For example, keep all kitchen utilities and silverware together so they remain in one place when you begin to unpack. Fold all clothing nicely and pack it with the hangers that you will use. Rushing this process now will only take up more time in the future.
Take the time to know where everything is and place it nicely so nothing gets wrinkled, broken, or lost during the process. Set aside a change of clothes, toothbrushes, medication, and anything else you’ll need right away so you’re not stuck searching through everything once you’re done moving.
3. Box and Label Everything
You can find great moving boxes anywhere! Try making your move greener by reusing the same boxes after you finish emptying them at your new home.
Labeling will also make your move more efficient – be sure to label everything according to exactly what’s in the box and color coordinate your boxes according to the designated room they’ll be placed in. People have had unorganized and unlabelled moving boxes mistaken for trash before – don’t be one of those unlucky people!
4. Find Good Movers
Finding a good team to help you move is essential. You and your family are going to have an extremely hard time moving everything on your own. Be sure to have everything ready when they arrive to make the experience go smoothly.
5. Pick a Good Time and System
Make sure you’re aware of any events taking place in the nearby area in order to prevent any delays or obstructions during the move. Learn the layout of your new home’s stairs, hallways, and doors to ensure your boxes and items can fit comfortably through.
You may need extra tools – such as ladders or dollies – to bring items through windows or over decks. If possible, consider checking the weather beforehand to avoid lugging heavy boxes in the rain or sweating it out through the heat of summer.
6. The Forgotten “To Do’s”
Make sure to change your mailing address with the post office at least seven days prior your move so your mail will be forwarded to the new address as soon as you move in. Don’t forget to change the address on your driver’s license as well to prevent any mishaps. You will also need to update your renters or homeowners insurance right away.
Resolve any utility accounts and set up new ones for your new home. And, don’t forget to change the locks – your new home likely belonged to someone else before you, so it’s always a good idea to change your locks as soon as you move in.
Packing up years of memories and meaningful belongings can be difficult for anyone. Everyone that has experienced it before will agree that moving is hard work, but worth the process. Keep these tips in mind to make your move quick and easy so you can have more time to enjoy your new home!