You may be ready to rip your hair out from the never-ending moving checklist to prepare for the big step, whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time, relocating to a new place, or moving in with a roommate or your spouse.
When it comes to moving, preparation is the secret to success, and it’s especially important if you want a smooth transition from your old home to your new one. Even when you think you have it worked out ahead of time, Mother Nature has a habit of throwing roadblocks in your way, and things rarely go as planned. Because of this, you don’t want to add to the tension by putting things off until the last minute.
Choosing the Right Time
So, you’ve finally found your new place and are able to schedule your transfer out of your old one. Choosing an exact moving date is one of the first measures in moving preparation.
There are a lot of things that can affect which day you want. For example, if you live in an apartment where you can only move out at certain hours and days of the week, you’ll need to coordinate with the new building’s hours and times in order to move in on the same day.
Hire a Mover
If you have no prior moving experience, unable to request the support of friends and family, moving long distances, or have a large amount of belongings to transport, I highly advise you to hire a moving company. The benefit of hiring a moving company is that they will do all of the heavy lifting for you, you won’t have to worry about renting a truck, and they will supply you with all of the necessary moving supplies.
You can do your homework and hire a reputable moving company. If your furniture is extremely valuable, you may want to go for a more competitive company that is known for offering excellent service. If moving cost is a consideration, you should probably do it yourself.
So now that you’ve gathered all of the needed moving resources, it’s time for the most complicated part.
If you want to pack slowly but steadily, you can start packing sooner rather than later. Allow yourself a few weeks to complete this. Of course, how long you pack will depend on how many possessions you have and how many rooms you have.
One of the first things you can do after you’ve mapped out the logistics of the transfer is to start purging any belongings you don’t want or need anymore. It’s much easier to declutter and then move less items than it is to pack everything up just to discover that you don’t want half of what you’ve moved.
Dismantle any large pieces of furniture that can be dismantled. This will conserve room in the vehicle, as it will be much easier to move the parts out individually if they are split down into smaller pieces. Make sure all of the small pieces are held together in a plastic bag and taped to the main furniture piece so they don’t get lost until it’s been dismantled.
Wrap the rest of the furniture that is still intact, such as the sofa, tables, and drawers, to protect them from harm. Pay special attention to furniture corners, as they are more likely to be damaged during the transfer.
Box and Label
Finally, decide how many cardboard boxes you’ll need to carry all of your belongings and begin packing!
If you’re using cardboard boxes that all look the same, make sure to label which room they belong in and which way they should face with a permanent marker. It will make things much easier on moving day because you will know exactly where to position the boxes without being lost or wasting time and energy taking them back and forth.
It’s also a good idea to mark boxes as fragile if they contain objects that are easily broken.
Other things to add on your Checklist
Extra Time is Essential
One of the most important things to remember is to prepare ahead of time and allow yourself more time than you think you’ll need. Review your Moving Checklist.
Perhaps you’re taking longer than necessary to pack, or you can’t get your couch out the door because it’s too large to be dismantled.
Clean before you Pack
Cleaning up your furniture and possessions before packing is a great tip to remember.
Since dust, hair, and dirt will collect on your furniture and belongings over time, vacuuming or wiping them down thoroughly before transporting them out is always a good idea.
You don’t want to move into your new place with dusty or filthy furniture.
Update your address
Be sure to change your old address to your current address in advance so that new mail does not continue to arrive at your old address.
Businesses and government offices can take some time to process the change after being informed, so it’s best to notify them sooner rather than later. A mail forwarding service may also be set up. Don’t forget to add this on your Moving Checklist!
This daunting and stressful process can be simplified with a Moving Checklist. Make sure to create one before you move. The secret to a successful move is being ready for the unexpected and making sure you plan ahead of time to prevent any unpleasant surprises.