Moving generally requires months of preparation. Every case may be different but the basic process remains the same. The moving process involves the preparation, packing, transporting, and moving in.
Moving to a new home means that you need to take advantage of mail forwarding service, change utilities, and get packing supplies among others. The move itself is the easy part especially if you choose a good moving company. The stress comes from sorting out everything else related to it such as researching new schools for your kids, saying goodbye to friends, and packing your life’s worth of stuff. It is important to go through the process step-by-step; it would be easier for you later on.
- Changing your information – there are a lot of things you need to take care of before the move. You need to make calls to your bank, the credit card company, utilities, and postal service. The further advanced you are in this, the better. Certain companies can take a month to process your name-change form.
- Finding packing supplies – with everything else going on in your life, it might be tempting to buy packing supplies at the nearest outlet. But you can actually save a bit of money by watching out for deals. It is even possible to get the boxes for free. Try to ask furniture stores or retail outlets if they can give you several boxes. You’ll be surprised that many would agree because of the “green” principles of their company. Alternately, you can also ask friends and family to give you whatever boxes they can find at home.
- Taking measurements – your home might look clean and tidy right now. But will it remain that way in your new home? Don’t forget that your new place might be bigger or smaller. Set the time to ensure that your furniture and appliances can fit the new place.
If you have a full-time job, then you might feel that packing is more trouble than you can handle. This need not be the case. If you’re surrounded by a messy, disorganized home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So calm down and break up this undertaking. Here are some tips:
- Packing by room – if it is possible for you to pack by room, then you should do it. This technique has a lot of advantages because you know exactly what items are on what box. For some people, this is not always realistic because they want to mix contents from different rooms. For example, if there are several rooms in your house, then it makes sense to pack all sheets, blankets, and soft items together. There will inevitably be miscellaneous items; set them aside and use them as fillers when everything else is packed.
- Labeling – sorting out unmarked boxes is no fun. The best way to mark your boxes is to use a black marker to label it effectively. You can label by room or by the type of items the box contains. Having labels also ensures that you’ll know how to handle it based on weight and orientation. For example, you certainly don’t want to handle a box full of dishes carelessly.
There are essentially two types of approaches you can choose in moving: DIY and hiring a mover. There are pros and cons in both choices.
- Hiring a mover – depending on your budget, you can choose a mover that offers an all-in package or a no-frills package. Some can do the packing, the loading, and unloading for you. Others, on the other hand, will simply transport your items from point A to point B. MovingQuotes.org has a list of moving companies near you. You can get a quote now.
- Renting a truck – if you do it yourself, then you need to do a lot of research to find out the rate, conditions, and type of truck you need. You’ll essentially also have to shoulder the cost of damage in case the truck gets scratched or involved in an accident.
If you’ve prepared your items carefully, then unpacking the items should be simple. You place the boxes at appropriate rooms in the house so it won’t be scattered in one place. It becomes easier to sort per room. With that being said though, there are still some inevitable tasks you’ll have to do upon moving in:
- Assembling the furniture – some furniture pieces like the couch and cabinets can usually be sent in one piece. But larger furniture like the bed has to be transferred in disassembled form. Moving in means that you need to put things back together. It is sometimes possible to find the instruction manual for the bed on the internet. At other times, you may need to call the manufacturer a call.
- Cleaning and dusting – the fact that your boxes were stored in various places and travelled long distances on the truck means that it will be dirty by the time you receive it. Wipe it down before moving it inside your new house. Be ready to put the contents to use after unpacking.
- Using the closets for storage – if you don’t pay attention, the new place will be cluttered up within a day or two if you’re unpacking. Avoid having stuff everywhere by utilizing the closet as your storage space temporarily. This will help give you more room to navigate and arrange things properly.
This moving guide is just a rough outline of what you need to take care of in moving. There will inevitably be other challenges that crops up along the way. Hopefully though, this guide would take care of the basics for you.