Moving can be a very stressful time in many people’s lives. When relocating, there seems to be endless lists of things to do. However, being prepared can be the key to keeping your sanity and your budget on track. By using our helpful moving guide, you can be prepared for what lies ahead and know that you’ll be ready when the unexpected does happen.
Helpful Moving Guide Tips
First and foremost, choosing the best moving company for your family will always be helpful. Do your research, ask family and friends for references and choose a company that is courteous, helpful and detailed with costs and the projected moving plan.
Second, make sure you know what you need to move. For example, if you’ve been storing an old piano in the garage that needs to be tuned and has never made its way into the house, perhaps now is the time to sell it or donate it. You will save money on your relocation if you only move the things you use. The same holds true for extra sets of lamps, mattresses, even dishes. These things will all need to be moved and each box will take time and money to move. Be smart about what you pack.
Once you’ve disposed of all the things you don’t need, you need to ensure that you protect your valuable belongings during the move. Most moving companies sell moving supplies that are specifically made for keeping mirrors, dishes, books and CDs safe. Talk to your local moving company if you have special antiques that you need to protect. They can offer ideas on how to keep the items safe during the move.
Ensure that you use good, quality cartons and boxes for your items. Books especially can get extremely heavy when packed into boxes. If the boxes you’re using aren’t of good quality, they may break or buckle under the weight. It might also be a good idea to purchase special cartons for your dishes and mirrors. You don’t want to take a chance that your dishes will chip because they were packed too tightly or without proper packing materials between them.
One of the most important things to do is as simple as clearly marking your boxes with its contents and the room it belongs in. This will save you not only money but time once you arrive at your new home. The movers will know exactly where the box belongs and you’ll know what’s inside, so you know what you need to unpack first.
Moving Day is Here
When moving day finally arrives you will want to be prepared with any pertinent information that will help you and the movers be more organized. For example, make sure you have the address of your new home written down, contact information for the moving company and cell phone numbers of the drivers. If you’re moving to another state or country, you will want to have copies of your birth certificates, school records, doctors’ information and immunization records. Carry these items with you for safety purposes.
Finally, make sure your family has what they will need until the moving truck arrives at your new home. Keep special items such as blankets, toys or books close at hand for children. Also, make sure you have snacks and beverages for the car or plane trip. Pack suitcases with just as much as you will need. If you’re moving across town, you’ll only be without your things for a few hours. Pack appropriately if you’re moving across the state or internationally.
By using a moving guide to keep you on track, your relocation will go smoothly and you will hopefully keep any possible stress at bay.