Moving Tips and Resources
Buying a house is an exciting occasion. If it’s your first house, you’ve likely been dreaming what it would be like to own a home for years. Your mind is full of ideas on how to decorate your new house. Yet, moving never easy, and it only gets harder with each subsequent move. Most people have a lot of belongings, so it can be overwhelming trying to pack and move everything. Here are some tips to make your move less stressful.
Taking the time to write down a timeline can really help. Moving is a time-consuming process. Although most people understand this, we still tend to underestimate how long it ends up taking. If you have to spend the day before the move, you will likely regret it when it comes time to unpack. About to months before the move is when you want to start researching the new neighborhood. There’s a lot that goes into the transition. Unless you’re moving somewhere close by, you will need to have medical records and school records transferred. If you have kids, you have to think about childcare. You want to have all these things taken care of before the move so when you do move you can relax. It’s also a good idea to start researching moving companies early so you can shop around and find the best deal.
Around the six week mark, you want to start getting rid of things you don’t want to take with you. You’ll also want to buy boxes and other supplies so you can start packing. A month before the move you will want to reserve movers if you plan to have your belongings professionally moved. Two weeks before the move you will want to take care of your change of address, which can be done at the post office. By the one-week mark you want to have everything packed that you aren’t going to need before the move.
A good place to start is to make some lists. First, you want to make sure you have all the necessary supplies. While everyone remembers to buy boxes and packing tape, you also need packing paper, bubble wrap, blankets, mattress and furniture covers, and possibly stretch wrap.
When it comes to packing, you want to maximize space. You don’t want to overpack the boxes, but you want all the space to be used up. When there is a lot of extra space left in a box, the chance of an item breaking is higher. Maximizing space will also make it easier to stack boxes. For dishes and china, it’s a good idea to buy designated dish boxes. They come with partitions, so they’ll keep your breakables more secure during transportation.
Another thing is to label each box as well as you can. It’s easier to use generic descriptions like the name of the room the items belong in, but it’s better to use specific descriptions. Especially if you don’t plan on unpacking everything at once, it can be a real life saver. If you end up with 20 boxes that say ‘kitchen’, you won’t be able to find anything.
If you’re having it professionally moved, you can save yourself time by keeping clothes in your dressers instead of moving them to boxes.
You also want to consider what you don’t want going into the moving truck. Certain things can’t be transported because they contain hazardous substances. Gasoline, lighter fluid, matches, nail polish remover, and paint are a few things professional movers won’t transport. Some of these things you might decide to just dispose of and replace once you’re in your new place. Some you’ll want to keep. My Moving Reviews is a good resource for figuring out what can and cannot be moved.
Meanwhile, it’s a good idea to keep things like toiletries and makeup with you. Jewelry often has sentimental value and is hard to replace, while toiletries spill easy and can create a mess. You’ll also want to keep any medications you’ll need.
If you’re loading the truck yourself, there’s a lot to consider. It’s a good idea to talk with the rental place and ask for size details. They’ll help you pick the right size moving truck for your needs. Some people don’t feel comfortable asking friends to help them move, but having extra sets of hands makes all the difference. Some of the items will be heavy, and trying to move them alone can lead to injuries.
You will want to assess the furniture before loading it. Some furniture items can be disassembled. In some cases, you can keep the furniture as is and avoid the work of having to reassemble. But if the item isn’t terribly sturdy or an odd shape, you are better off disassembling it. You don’t want the piece to fall apart on you and break.
Load the items that are the heaviest and largest first, such as tables, couches, mattresses, and large appliances. You want heavy items on the bottom and near where the driver sits. This will minimize the risk of the heavy object crushing the lighter ones. You can save space by placing couches and table upright, if possible.
First Night Checklist
We spend a lot of time planning for the move that it is easy to forget to plan for the first night. Usually, you won’t unpack the first night because it’s late and you’re tired from the move. You want to make sure you have everything you need night one accessible. You’ll want bedding, soap, clean clothes, toilet paper, and other essentials. If you have kids, you might need baby supplies, their toiletries, a night light, and entertainment for them. You’ll also want basic cleaning supplies. Most of this stuff you will want to store in your personal vehicle if you can.
Moving is stressful, but if you do what you can to stay organized and plan ahead, you can avoid a lot of anxiety. By taking everything one step at a time you can avoid creating a situation where you wake up the day before your move in a panic so you can enjoy your last day.