Unless you only have a few things in your house, moving can be overwhelming. However, if you have a plan ahead of time, your move to your new abode can be a lot less stressful than you think. To get you on the right track to a successful move, here are seven smooth moving tips to keep in mind:
Try not to start organizing things the very last minute. The moment you know you’re going to move, it will be time to start gathering boxes, markers and other moving materials. By developing a strategy and sticking to it weeks in advanced, you won’t feel overwhelmed the day the moving truck arrives.
Whether you’re moving across town or the United States, it’s important that you pick out the right transportation. If you’re going to move a short distance, don’t feel bad if you have to keep coming back. However, if you’re moving across state lines, just make sure that moving truck won’t be too small to fit all your possessions.
Get Rid of Clutter
There’s never a better chance to sell things than during the moving process. With every item you pack away, ask yourself if you’re really going to use it. Unnecessary items are going to take up precious cargo space and will just collect dust in your new home. Create a pile and even if you don’t have time to sell, consider donating it to a local charity.
When packing items, make sure that every box is labeled appropriately. When labeling, don’t just label it “kitchen.” Instead, be more specific. So for example, if it has pots, pans and some utensils, write this all down on the box. That way, when you arrive and start unpacking, you will know exactly what’s inside each box.
If you plan on moving hundreds of miles away, make sure that you set aside the items you will need when you arrive at your new destination. This box should contain toiletries, clothing, snacks and other essentials you may think you will need once you arrive.
Hire a Babysitter
If possible, try to hire a babysitter for your children and pets the day you plan on packing the truck. That way, you don’t have to worry about a pet running away through the open door or a child getting injured.
Treat the Movers
Whether you’re hiring the professionals or some friends, make sure that everyone is taken care of. Order a pizza, have cold drinks nearby and always take breaks. If hiring the professionals, don’t forget to tip.