There's no one cause of stress when it comes to moving. Instead, it's a bunch of small things that add up to make moving one of the more stressful things that many of us will ever do. The more you can learn about what you should do before your next move, the better the move will go.
Here are some clever packing and moving hacks you should employ to organize and plan your next move.
Declutter so you can pack less.A crucial tip for moving and packing is to make sure you don’t move anything that you no longer need. A great way to lighten the load is to figure out what to toss, keep, sell, and donate.
Create a checklist.What will take the most of your time is careful planning, collecting packing materials, packing boxes, and hiring movers. It is very important to write down tasks, breaking down a big task into many smaller ones.
Weigh the pros and cons of hiring professional movers.
If you don’t have access to willing family and friends or the ability to move by yourself, it makes sense to hire the right professional movers. The amount they take off your plate during this stressful time might be well-worth the added cost.
Hire reliable professional movers like Tailored Move® who can offer two months of FREE storage* and make moving a great experience. Ask questions about their services before signing a contract and ask if they have an “on-the-ground” point of contact who will oversee the coordination of the move.
Save time and money while packing.
If you decide on a DIY move:
Start collecting boxes but be sure to check their durability and exposure to moisture. Protect fragile items with newspaper and magazines instead of packing peanuts, but beware of the ink transfer. Use foam pouches for plates, bowls, and glassware. You can find an example of a foam pouch here. While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag, and cinch it. Use laundry baskets, trash bins, and suitcases as boxes. As you disassemble furniture, use sandwich bags to keep all essential hardware like screws together. Be sure to label the bag and tape it to the furniture or designate a container with hardware for all your furniture. Use packing tape on your boxes, labeling which room the box belongs to in the new house.
Take photos on your phone of your belongings and the box you are packing them in.
Be sure to take “before” photos of all fragile and/or valuable items. If a mover, you’ve hired, breaks or damages your items while moving, you will need to file a claim and receive compensation. Taking pictures also helps you know what exactly is in each box for each room. Snap a picture of the back of your TV and other electronic devices so you know exactly which wires go where when you’re setting up in your new place.
Pack a moving day essentials bag.
This should contain anything and everything you might need on moving day. Essentials could include toothbrushes, medications, toiletries, clothing, important documents, laptop, cell phones, other small tech items, baby and kid necessities, paper towels, cleaning spray, trash bags, a small tool kit, pet food, bottled water, wallets, and extra shoes.
Choose a mid-week, mid-month move date.
A cost-effective step is to opt for a mid-week, mid-month moving date. Moving on the weekends when demand is highest will undoubtedly be pricier. Moving company and truck rental rates tend to be lower Monday to Friday. They also tend to be lower in the middle of the month as opposed to the first and last weekends.Your move doesn't have to be stressful. Prepare ahead of time by utilizing the hacks above to make things a bit easier. While unexpected things can happen, at least you'll know you've got all the basics covered!
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