10 Best Tips To Prepare For Moving Day
Things to do Before You Move
Moving day has been looming in your mind for a long time now, but it has to get done. You don’t want to do it, we know. But, it doesn’t have to be so painful as you’re imagining. Just following a few simple, common-sense recommendations can put you on track to a flawless moving day and make your life a whole lot easier.
1- Decide Whether You Need Professional Movers
While professional movers may seem like the best way to go, there are some disadvantages. For one, you’re putting your items in someone else’s hands, so they might be less careful than you would be. And for another thing, there’s a cost. So, if you don’t want to pay too much, look out.
In the end, if you can trust yourself to move your things without injury, you might try that. It would certainly reduce costs.
2- Set Your Schedule
Making sure you know when everything is going to go down and how you’re going to do it is absolutely crucial for having a flawless move-out. You need to work out what days you’re going to be doing which sets of work, how you’re going to be doing them, and who you need to call.
Make sure you inform everyone who sends you bills of your move. Otherwise, you could get caught up with late fees and a whole assortment of issues. You don’t want to get blindsided by unforeseen responsibilities and other circumstances.
3- Inventory Your Items
Make sure to write down everything you’re going to be wanting in your new home before the moving process starts. This may seem like a rather painful and unnecessary responsibility, but we promise- it’ll help. After all, what if something goes wrong in the move? What if you lose an item?
Since your things mean so much to you, you’re going to want to take a full accounting of them before they get sold off. Make sure you know everything you have and what to look for when you move into your new home. If you’re missing something, don’t be afraid to bring it up.
4- Save Money Wherever You Can
Oftentimes, professional moving services can run you up a significant price tag. Think- anywhere in the thousands. That’s why you have to make sure to start pinching pennies anywhere you can. Don’t skimp for quality- after all, these are your precious items we’re talking about- but don’t go daddy Warbucks mode either.
One great way to do this is to sell a few of your unwanted items in a yard sale. Odds are, you’ll have a few things that you just don’t really use anymore. In this case, you’re going to be able to sell them off and make some cash.
5- Buy the Right Packing Materials for the Job
Before you start packing, make sure you’re not making your items vulnerable by packing them in the wrong kinds of containers. From packing peanuts to blankets- your packing materials may just make the difference between life and death for your favorite lamp.
6- Pack Your Fragile Items Right- Don’t Be Reckless
If you’ve got fragile items like lamps, sculptures, or chandeliers, you’re going to want to make sure they’re packed correctly. Making sure your items are packed in the correct manner assures that you’ll be receiving them all in one piece. Don’t let anything escape your attention.
And how to do that? Well, it’s a simple matter of packing peanuts and bubble wrap.
- If you have small, fragile glass items, it might be a good idea to wrap them up in a thick layer of bubble wrap.
- Line the inside of your package with packing peanuts.
- Try subbing blankets and pillows if you’re environmentally conscious.
7- Actually Start Packing
It’s one thing to make sure you’ve got everything in line. But, no amount of preparation will ever get done. We know you’ve been dreading it, but at some point, you’re just going to have to start packing. Start with the easy stuff, and progress to the bigger, harder things.
And remember, packing really isn’t that hard when you get down to it. Block out a time to do it, and you’ll probably get done with the job long before you run out of time. Use some of that extra time to kick back and relax- you’ve earned it.
8- Toss Out the Junk
But remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’re tossing out old items, think before you take them to the dump. Maybe you can sell them on your front lawn. Maybe- just maybe- you can give them away to charity so they can delight someone else. We know your things have sentimental value to you, but sometimes they’ve got to go.
Make sure you have your drop spots worked out if you decide to go the charity route. Make sure you know who you’re giving this stuff to, and where they’re located. You don’t want to go driving around with a big truck full of your personals all day.
9- Ask for Help from Friends
Having a helping hand is a great thing when you’re moving. It can help get the job done quicker and even prevent injuries. Not to mention, your friends probably won’t charge you a thousand bucks just to borrow their truck for a few hours.
10- Get Mentally Prepared
We know moving day is stressful, but it’s important to remember that they’re just boxes. Take a second, step back, and think of everything you’ve got done. If you don’t have anything done, think of what you can get done. It’s all about solving the problems that be.
All in All
All in all, moving day doesn’t have to be so hard as you’re making it out to be. If you’re dreading moving day, just take a step back and organize everything you need done. Start packing a little, schedule a removalist- do whatever it takes to get things organized and get a plan.